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AAUW Fort Myers/Lee County (FL) Branch Inc. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The AAUW is a national organization that promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

The organization is made up of a 501(c)(3) public charity, and a 501(C)(4) social welfare organization. The public charity is the primary membership organization, while the social welfare organization is the AAUW Action Fund.

Since 1881, AAUW has been a leader in advancing education and equity for women and girls.

  • The recipients will be female.
  • The recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting the recipients.
Abernathy Port Charlotte Kiwanis Foundation, In honor of John F. Abernathy, Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Abernathy Port Charlotte Kiwanis Foundation was formed with a gift from the estate of John F. Abernathy, a long-time resident of Port Charlotte and a loyal Kiwanian. Mr. Abernathy stipulated that the funds would be used for scholarships for students that are in the Port Charlotte area.

  • Recipients will be residents of Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Recipients will be pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees and are planning careers in public service whether in the public or private sector.
The Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Ackert Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Richard C. Ackert is a Chairperson Emeritus of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board of Directors and the Chair of the Florida Gulf Coast University Financing Corporation. He is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust Bank, Southwest Florida, and is past Chairman of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. Mr. Ackert graduated from Fort Myers Senior High School, attended Georgia Military College and graduated from the Graduate School of Bank Marketing at Northwestern University. He began his banking career in 1960 at the First National Bank in Fort Myers. He has two daughters and five grandchildren.

  • Scholarship will be awarded to full-time FGCU undergraduate and graduate, degree-seeking students annually. Freshman will be considered. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Scholarships are to fund tuition and fees, not to exceed the full tuition and fees amount for one year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). After one student is fully funded for the year, a second student is to be funded (and so forth, as the endowment will allow). 
  • At minimum, students must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA grade point average.
  • Preference will be given to students who participate in the men's and women's basketball teams.
  • The Foundation Scholarship Committee will submit a list of qualified applicants to the Donors and give thoughtful attention to the advice and recommendations of the donors when selecting the scholarship recipients.
Ben Adams Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Ben Adams and long-time friend Ron Howell became involved with FGCU and its golf program from the University's very first year. Both were employed by Antigua and, in cooperation with Antigua, they donated Antigua apparel for both the men's and women's golf teams, as well as organizing several fund-raising events, such as golf tournaments involving PGA touring professionals and S.W. Florida professionals, to benefit FGCU golf. After Ben's untimely death, a Ben Adams Memorial Fund was established to offer golf scholarships to men and women enrolled at FGCU. 

This fund continues today and has benefitted quite a number of scholar-athletes in their endeavors to achieve their goal to higher learning as well as becoming outstanding members of society.

Ben was raised in Tama, Iowa. He served admirably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He went on to graduate from the University of Iowa with an undergraduate degree in science and an M.B.A. Ben was a successful financial advisor and enjoyed playing famous golf courses throughout the United States and Ireland. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Ron Howell says that Ben was one of the most intelligent, articulate, caring individuals he has ever had the pleasure of knowing. We had often talked of funding golf scholarships that tied scholastic performance to the game we both love. Although I would have preferred it not to be a memorial, it's a fitting tribute to a treasured friend and wonderful human being!"

"If there is something you don't want to do, there is no one in this world that can make you do it.  But if there is something you really want, there is no one in this world who can stop you."  --Ben Adams

  • Scholarships will be awarded to two students each year. One from the men's golf team and one from the women's golf team.
  • The head coach of the golf team will recommend the recipients.
  • Standard NCAA guidelines apply.
Advancement Trust Fund (3)
 

The employees of the Florida Gulf Coast University's Division of University Advancement joined together to establish a rainy day fund for students who experience unexpected hardships during the academic year.

  • The recipients will be full-time undergraduate students who have overcome or who are facing challenges to attend the University.
  • Applications will be accepted on a year-round basis, and the scholarships will be awarded each year for the Spring semester.
African Network of Southwest Florida Scholarship Endowment Fund (3)
 

The African Network of Southwest Florida, Inc. was formed in March 2004 to promote Africa's rich heritage and diverse culture to empower future generations of Africans in Diaspora. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for the men, women and children of African descent by promoting literacy, raising awareness of African culture and diversity past, present and future. For membership information or to make a contribution, please contact ANSWFL President Eze Wokocha at mekannaya@yahoo.com.

 

  • Qualified candidates will be of African descent; have demonstrated excellent pre-college academic credentials; be admitted to the University as degree-seeking undergraduate students; be in Good Standing as defined by the University; and have completed the University’s scholarship application to describe any family hardship and how the degree’s discipline will benefit the people of Africa.
  • If the University determines there are no qualified candidates for an award year, the President of the Donor organization may alter the selection criteria for that year provided s/he does so in writing.
  • The Foundation will forward the applications of qualified candidates to the Donor for the purpose of determining the Donor’s recommended recipient(s). 
  • This tuition-only scholarship is restricted to coursework required for the first degree. The recipients will remain eligible for this award by making Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintaining appropriate student status as defined by the University.  
  • The Donor will award the scholarship recipient an annual honorary membership in the African Network of Southwest Florida for the year of the award.  Participation is encouraged. 
Ajax Building Corporation Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Ajax Building Corporation was founded in 1958 by J.B. “Block” Smith. Smith’s family has continued to advance his legacy with his son and grandson serving as Chairman of the Board and Vice President respectively.

In 2003 Bill Byrne was invited by the Smith family to become a part owner in the company. One year later he was appointed President of Ajax. The combined forces of the Smith family and Mr. Byrne bring together over 115 years of construction industry experience.

Ajax Building Corporation has played a large part in constructing the facilities at Florida Gulf Coast University. Ajax performs contracting, construction management, program management and design build services throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama and has recently completed the parking garage at the South Housing complex. Its previous University projects include Whitaker Hall, the first four parking garages, and the FGCU Library addition and expansion.

Since 1998, Ajax has helped to create a financially secure foundation for the University. Ajax has established an endowed scholarship fund and contributed to the annual Founder's Cup Tournament, each of the President's Celebrations, and various FGCU athletics programs. Moreover, their unrestricted gifts were directed to First Generation scholarships.

  • The recipients will be majoring in mathematics or in one of the sciences including biotechnology.
Sharon Meredith Akin Scholarship (4)
  • Recipients will have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Recipients will be admitted full-time juniors or seniors in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship committee.
  • Recipients wil have graduated from a Florida high school.
  • Preference will be given to students who are single parents.
  • Preference will be given to students interested in serving Federally Qualified Health Centers; or older adult services such as hospice care.
  • Scholarship Committee will forward the four most promising candidates to the donor for review and recommendation.
Algenol Bio Fuels Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

“Algenol Biofuels is committed to developing our future scientists and engineers,” said Paul Woods, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Algenol Biofuels Inc. “As a premier industrial biotechnology company using enhanced algae to produce ethanol from carbon dioxide for under a $1 per gallon, we are a prime example of how advanced biology and innovative engineering can drive economic growth and job creation in our community. We have long benefited from a partnership with FGCU for our STEM needs, drawing upon current students as interns and hiring graduates for full-time positions.  We are honored by this opportunity to further promote FGCU’s growing STEM initiative.”

  • Proceeds from the Fund each year will be used to benefit full-time FGCU students who are majoring in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or Mathematics.
  • Recipients will be in their Junior or Senior year.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Alico, Inc. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Alico is a Florida-based agribusiness and land management company built for today’s world, known for its legacy of achievement and innovation in citrus, sugarcane, cattle, and resource conservation.

Alico's mission is to create value for its customers, clients and shareholders by opportunistically seeking new holdings; managing company lands to their highest and best returns; and producing high-quality agricultural products while exercising responsible environmental stewardship, all led by a seasoned, results-driven management team.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking students who have been deemed deserving by FGCU.
Alico, Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Alico is a Florida-based agribusiness and land management company built for today’s world, known for its legacy of achievement and innovation in citrus, sugarcane, cattle, and resource conservation.

Alico's mission is to create value for its customers, clients and shareholders by opportunistically seeking new holdings; managing company lands to their highest and best returns; and producing high-quality agricultural products while exercising responsible environmental stewardship, all led by a seasoned, results-driven management team.

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking undergraduate students at FGCU.
  • Academic merit will be considered along with any other donor criteria. (1/8/05)
  • Preference will be given to FGCU student-athletes. (8/11/09)
Alico, Inc. Business Scholarship (4)
 

Alico is a Florida-based agribusiness and land management company built for today’s world, known for its legacy of achievement and innovation in citrus, sugarcane, cattle, and resource conservation.

Alico's mission is to create value for its customers, clients and shareholders by opportunistically seeking new holdings; managing company lands to their highest and best returns; and producing high-quality agricultural products while exercising responsible environmental stewardship, all led by a seasoned, results-driven management team.

  • A single recipient will receive the award each year.
  • The recipient must be a Lee County high school graduate.
  • The recipient must be a freshman in the Lutgert College of Business with a preference for an agribusiness major.
  • Professionals in the Lutgert College of Business will recommend the recipients.
The FGCU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The FGCU Alumni Association is committed to building an enduring relationship between alumni and the University community through enriching programs, pride, achievement, and the encouragement of alumni involvement including contributions of time, talent, and financial support to the University.

  • Recipients will be academically talented, degree-seeking students.
  • The University's Scholarship Committee will give careful, thoughtful attention to the advice and recommendations of the FGCU Alumni Association Board when selecting the recipients.
  • To remain eligible, the recipients will be required to maintain at minimum a grade point average of 3.0 while attending FGCU.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who provide a recommendation from an FGCU Alumna/us.
Jack Amar Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

"It has been my honor and privilege to endow a scholarship at the Lutgert School of Business in memory of my husband, Jack Amar, who passed away on November 14, 2004.

Since Jack was a “people person” who always loved to help people, particularly young people just starting out, I think he would be thrilled to know that someone would be benefitting from this scholarship.

Jack was a dynamic businessman, a mentor, friend, adored husband, and loving father and grandfather. He was honest, genuine, truly a man of integrity. He was a consummate leader and driven to success."

          Barbara Amar, 2008

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business.
  • Recipients must demonstrate that they are serious about their education and see the University as a way of creating a promising future for themselves.
Judge Isaac and Audrea Anderson Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Judge Isaac Anderson, Jr. believed that with a good education, hard work, and faith in God, he could accomplish anything. Born into a family of modest means, he was determined to succeed and overcame many challenges to do so. Throughout his life, he was an avid reader and had a curious intellect. He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1964, attended Allen University for a year but was forced to leave school because his mother, his sole support, died.  He joined the United States Air Force where he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and continued his education at Edison Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a law degree at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. Thanks to a combination of the G.I. Bill, part-time jobs and scholarships, he completed his education.

Judge Anderson married his college sweetheart Audrea who earned her Master’s degree at Miami University and pursued her career in higher education as an English instructor.  She advanced to several administrative positions and retired from FGCU as an associate vice president.  In the community Audrea chairs the Dunbar Improvement Association Board which operates Palm City Garden Apartments, a 100-unit community for the elderly and physically challenged.  She is senior advisor to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church.   As a member of the Florida Board of Regents which governed the state university system, Audrea promoted increased access to higher education with special emphasis on the underserved population.

Understanding the transformational power of higher education, Judge and Mrs. Anderson were avid motivators of young people.  They gave speeches of encouragement to community youth groups and at schools. They entertained groups of young people in their home to encourage them. Their own two sons earned degrees from Princeton University. As a county judge for ten years and a circuit judge for 16 years, many of the judge’s speeches were delivered from the bench where he presided over juvenile court for several years. His favorite line was, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps; you can do it. I did it, and I didn’t even have boots!”

This scholarship represents the “can do” spirit of Judge Anderson who despite great odds persevered to become the first African American judge in all of Southwest Florida in 1981. He served until his passing in 2007.  May his legacy inspire others to persist in the quest for success.  

 

  • Recipients will be graduates of a high school in SW Florida;
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students;
  • Recipients will have demonstrated financial need;
  • Recipients will have at least a 3.0 GPA;
  • Recipients will have strong ties to the community, demonstrated through extracurricular activities, religious endeavors or community service;
  • Recipients will be entering or continuing their studies at FGCU.
Joan and William Attridge Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to support FGCU students who are in financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students residing in Cape Coral, Florida.
Audubon of Southwest Florida Scholarship (3)
 

The mission of Audubon of Southwest Florida is to protect plants, animals, and their habitats and to promote environmental education and a greater community involvement with the natural world. Audubon of Southwest Florida, Inc. is an affiliated chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon of Florida.

  • Qualified candidates will have completed their freshman year.
  • Qualified candidates will have demonstrated academic merit.
  • Qualified candidates will be majoring in environmental studies or in one of the other natural science programs at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Qualified candidates will be planning for a career in environmental studies.
  • The University will pre-qualify the candidates. The Foundation will submit a list of pre-qualified candidates to the Audubon of Southwest Florida Education Committee for final recommendation of recipient(s).
  • Preference among the pre-qualified candidates may be given to members of Audubon of Southwest Florida and their children.
  • Scholarships are intended to help cover the cost of tuition, books and/or fees. More than one student may be awarded the Audubon of Southwest Florida Scholarship in an academic year, but the annual award may not exceed $1,000 or other amount chosen by Audubon of Southwest Florida.
Luka Balenovic Memorial Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Luka Balenovic was a spirited young man who looked forward to a career in law enforcement. He graduated from FGCU in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He died in a motorcycle accident on August 6, 2012, the day he would have joined the Navy Seals. He was 25.

"His goal was to be in law enforcement, so he decided that he would join the Navy and was going through the process to get into the officer's program," a path he believed would help him ultimately land a job with the FBI or the CIA, says his stepmom, Cathy Balenovic. His father, Tomislav Balenovic, says, "He was an extraordinary young man. He wanted to make a difference."

To honor his memory, his parents, who live in Pembroke Pines, established an endowed scholarship that will be awarded to a student majoring in criminal justice who intends to work in the field of law enforcement. Many friends and family members have contributed to the Luka Balenovic Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Luka Balenovic enjoyed riding his motorcycle, swimming, and spending summers in Croatia with his paternal relatives.

"He was a fun-loving young man, down to earth and always optimistic," says his father. "He touched many lives. He was extremely close to his younger brother, Tomi, and he loved his dog, Lolie."

Although the Balenovics know motorcycles are less safe than cars, they say Luka was a careful driver. He was wearing a helmet and proceeding through a green light when a car driven by a man with a suspended license failed to yield the right of way and struck him.

The family has started Look & Listen for the Love of Luka, which includes a list of safe-driving tips posted on his memorial website, www.lukabalenovic.com. Money raised from the program goes to the memorial scholarship. "It really means a lot to us," says Cathy Balenovic. "We know it would make Luka happy, too."

  • Qualified candidates will be degree-seeking undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice and have an expressed interest in entering the field of law enforcement.
  • Students who continue to qualify may be awarded the Luka Balenovic Memorial Scholarship in successive years.
Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Balfour Beatty Construction was established in 1933 when two businesses were founded in Miami and Washington DC. Their focus was and continues to be quality service and building good relationships with its clients. They operated as Centex Construction until 2007 when they were acquired by Balfour Beatty LLC.

  • Recipients will be enrolled in either the Real Estate Development Program or the Finance program, or a similar Construction Management program.
  • Recipients will have a 3.75 GPA in academic courses.
  • Recipients will score a minimum of 1200 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT
  • Recipients will demonstrate leadership in school activities or in the community.
Gray and Mercedes Ballman Engineering Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Gray Ballman is the former president of Motor Appliance Corporation in Washington, MO. The company was founded in 1946 and designs, manufactures and markets advanced technology battery chargers, motors and generators. His son is now president and chief executive officer.

  • The recipient will be enrolled at FGCU and majoring in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Technology or other Engineering courses that may be then applicable for study.
  • The recipient must maintain a grade point average in the top one-third of the institution-wide academic average in order to remain eligible for the scholarship support.
  • Scholarships should be equally distributed between male and female students.
  • This scholarship is made for the period of one academic year. Subsequent awards may be made to the same individual if all criteria for funding continue to be achieved.
  • The responsibility for the selection of scholarship recipients belongs to the FGCU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.
  • Full consideration should be given to those students who are working to the best of their ability even under less then ideal life circumstances. The values of hard work, perseverance and the ability to achieve goals are important elements in determining who should receive this award.
Bank of America Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Bank of America is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities they serve through their philanthropic efforts, volunteerism, community development activities and investing, support of arts and culture programming and environmental programs. 

  • Scholarships will be awarded to degree-seeking, full-time students who graduated from high schools in the three-county area of Charlotte, Collier, and Lee.
Bank of America Florida's Community Scholars Program Fund (3)
 

Bank of America is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities they serve through their philanthropic efforts, volunteerism, community development activities and investing, support of arts and culture programming and environmental programs. 

  • The recipients must be first time in college (FTIC) students entering a state public university.
  • The recipients must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher using only the academic courses required for admission into a public state university.
  • The recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need as defined by the university's financial aid office.
  • The recipients must demonstrate a history of community service as determined by the university.
  • One new recipient (freshman) will receive an annual award per year for a total of four recipients being awarded annually (continuing sophomore, junior, senior). Recipients will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship renewable for three years. The amount of a scholarship may vary based on the amount of interest available annually.
  • The scholarship will be awarded one year at a time with the intention of re-awarding the scholarship if students remain eligible.
  • For purposes of renewal, a student may utilize summer attendance in order to achieve and maintain the annual required GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarship funds will not be allocated during the summer term.
  • Recipients must agree to authorize the release of their names, addresses, phone numbers, and academic progress to Bank of America.
Corporal Alfredo Banos Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Corporal Alfredo Baños' legacy will live on through two aspects of life that he held close to his heart: education and service.

In memory of Baños' dedication, leadership and service to the area and to the Lee County Sheriff's office, community members started the "Corporal Alfredo Baños Scholarship Fund" at FGCU. The endowed scholarship fund will support his commitment to the community and FGCU.

Killed in a car crash on January 20, 2001, on Corkscrew Road, the sudden loss of a respected officer and friend resonated throughout the area. An admirable citizen on and off duty, Baños reached out to troubled teens and used his native language, Spanish, to reach those in need and to eliminate crime.

In keeping with Baños' devotion to assistance, recipients of the scholarship are required to demonstrate service to the community, which will be coordinated through the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, the recipient must have graduated from a Lee County high school, must be a resident of south Lee County, must enroll in or have taken a business ethics course at FGCU, and must demonstrate financial need. Community members who wish to make a contribution to this fund are encouraged to do so.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients must have taken MAN 2062 or MAN 3063.
  • Recipients will be residents of South Lee County;
  • Recipients will be graduates of a Lee County high school;
  • The EIB-required community service will be coordinated through the Lee County Sheriff's Office - South District.
  • Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
BB&T Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The history of BB&T goes back to the Civil War. The bank was founded in the aftermath of the Civil War in Wilson, North Carolina. The organization continues to grow and acquire banking institutions across the southeast.

Instilling a strong, ethical approach is critical to a successful career and this is a primary goal of the new BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise at FGCU's Lutgert College of Business.

  • The recipients will be employees, spouses, or dependents of employees of BB&T.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield brands are the most recognized in the health insurance industry. BCBS is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, D.C. BCBS is among the twenty largest employers in the US. Blue Cross Blue Shield Brands are registered in more then 170 countries.

  • Recipients will be majoring in nursing.
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
William and Kathryn Beeken Scholarship Fund (3)
 

In Kathie Beeken's own words: "In 1996, we decided to set up a Charitable Remainder Unit Trust to handle some highly appreciated stock - and since the children and I had all attended well-established Big Ten universities (Iowa, Penn State and Purdue) and since FGCU was being started basically in our back yard, we decided the funds should go to it."

"When Bill passed away, I requested in lieu of flowers, money should be sent in his name to set up a scholarship. Funds were collected, added to reach a state matching grant and that is the Scholarship Fund that has been used since 1998."

"In addition, I have been sending First Generation scholarship monies - again matched by state grants, so that I have had five scholarship recipients each year. The notes and comments and background information from them each year, tells me exactly how right we were in starting it all. When I pass away the large amount will be available for the original Scholarship usage - in the meantime, we/I have received 8.5% of the total amount as of January 1st each year. A win-win situation."

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients must have a combination of demonstrated need, academic talent, and the personal characteristics that will allow them to succeed in their pursuit of higher education.
  • This award may be made for just one portion of the recipients' degree program or in special circumstances for the entire support necessary to achieve an academic degree.
  • This fund may not be used as an athletic scholarship or in combination with an athletic scholarship.
Cynthia A. Bennett Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Helping students who are the first among their siblings to attend college is the goal of the Cynthia A. Bennett Scholarship Endowed Fund. Cynthia Bennett, '99, earned a bachelor's degree in finance at FGCU and has served as president of FGCU's Alumni Association.

"FGCU has provided me with a wonderful education that has enabled me to benefit my employer and the larger community of Southwest Florida. I believe all young women and men deserve the opportunity to receive a higher education. This endowed scholarship is a way to give back to FGCU and make a meaningful investment in the future of young women and men."

  • Recipient(s) will be FGCU students who are the first sibling in their immediate family to attend college.
  • Preference will be given to students from Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee county).
  • A student may receive the scholarship in successive years and no preference or penalty may be given for prior awards.
Mrs. Keith S. Benson Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Born in Cleveland, OH, Mrs. Jean Sprague Benson was the daughter of the late Paul and Ruth Sprague. An honors graduate in education at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, she was also a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1942 she married her loving husband, Keith, and taught while he served our country.

A winter resident for 30 years before making Naples her permanent home, Mrs. Benson previously resided in Shaker Heights, OH where she was actively involved with the Women’s Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. In Naples, she and her late husband were members of Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Hole-in-theWall Golf Club, Naples Yacht Club and The Moorings Presbyterian Church.

An able businesswoman, Mrs. Benson was actively involved in the communities in which she lived, most recently The Glenview. Known as generous and philanthropic, she supported numerous charities and, as a strong believer in higher education, provided college scholarships for students at several universities. A world traveler, music lover, avid bridge player and enthusiastic member of the “Niners” at RP, she enriched the lives of others. Admired for her inquisitive mind and keen insight, Mrs. Benson was devoted to her family and friends and valued integrity, hard work and commitment. Her dignity, grace, and kindness will be long remembered and missed. Jean Sprague Benson died peacefully on March 27, 2009 surrounded by her family.

  • FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipients.
Jean S. Benson Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Born in Cleveland, OH, Mrs. Jean Sprague Benson was the daughter of the late Paul and Ruth Sprague. An honors graduate in education at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, she was also a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1942 she married her loving husband, Keith, and taught while he served our country.

A winter resident for 30 years before making Naples her permanent home, Mrs. Benson previously resided in Shaker Heights, OH where she was actively involved with the Women’s Committee of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. In Naples, she and her late husband were members of Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Hole-in-theWall Golf Club, Naples Yacht Club and The Moorings Presbyterian Church.

An able businesswoman, Mrs. Benson was actively involved in the communities in which she lived, most recently The Glenview. Known as generous and philanthropic, she supported numerous charities and, as a strong believer in higher education, provided college scholarships for students at several universities. A world traveler, music lover, avid bridge player and enthusiastic member of the “Niners” at RP, she enriched the lives of others. Admired for her inquisitive mind and keen insight, Mrs. Benson was devoted to her family and friends and valued integrity, hard work and commitment. Her dignity, grace, and kindness will be long remembered and missed. Jean Sprague Benson died peacefully on March 27, 2009 surrounded by her family.

  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered in the selection of the recipients.
August and Elizabeth Beran Family Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be undergraduates majoring in Engineering.
  • The recipients' general behavior and dress must be acceptable in traditional society.
Bickel Family Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Jean M. Bickel (3)
 

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  • Recipients will be full-time students accepted into the Nursing Program in the College of Health Professions at the University.
  • Recipients will be high school graduates from Charlotte, Collier, and/or Lee County.
  • Recipients will maintain at minimum a grade point average of 3.2 in a 4.0 system.
  • The recipients will have financial need.
  • Preference will be given to recipients who are fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Recipients will be recommended by the Chair of Nursing.
  • This annual scholarship is not renewable.
The Glenn and Angela Black Family Endowment (3)
 

Angela Black was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. Her father owned his own air conditioning business and prided himself on being one of Fort Myers’ first solo proprietors in the area. The business was successful enough to support Angela’s family of 5 siblings, and allowed her mom to stay home and rear the children. It is through this experience that Angela’s passion for entrepreneurship, leadership, and being a good steward for one’s community blossomed.

Angela – a graduate of Fort Myers High School – met her husband, Glenn Black, in 1980.  They have been married for more than twenty years, and have enjoyed raising 4 children.  Angela has been active with the Glenn Black Group of Northwestern Mutual since Glenn took over the Fort Myers office in 1996.  Angela started off managing the books and finances of the office, along with the operations.  She went on to become the Director of Recruiting for the agency.  She continues to serve in this capacity while still being the CFO and Director of Operations for the office.

Angela is also very involved in the community.  In the past she has helped run a food pantry for a local charity that served many families, plus she has helped raise funds for other nonprofit organizations.  Presently, she and Glenn are elders at Word of Life Church in Fort Myers.  In 2011, she helped establish the Glenn & Angela Black Endowment Fund for the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University.  In addition to her work with the university, she continues to be a sponsor for the New Life Dream Center, among many other local charities.

 

  • Recipients will be student majoring in disciplines within the Lutgert College of Business.
  • Final selection of the recipients each year will be made by the Dean of the Lutgert College of Business.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students may be awarded the scholarship in successive years.
Blais, Case, Catti, D'Alessandro, Lucas, and Manone Families Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Six prominent Southwest Florida families joined together to establish a scholarship fund, activating a state match for the benefit of FGCU students. 

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and may or may not have financial need.
Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Honored with the prestigious Five Star Accreditation status, the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is a primary resource for local residents, visitors, new residents, and business owners and those considering becoming residents of the area.

The Chamber of Commerce holds numerous networking events a year, as well as several year-round programs.

The Chamber supports the growth of Southwest Florida member businesses.

  • The recipients must have graduated from Estero High School within the last two years.
  • The recipients must have demonstrated student leadership, academic excellence, community service, and exemplary behavior during their high school careers.
  • In addition, it is highly desired by the donor of this scholarship that upon graduation, the recipients will practice their chosen careers in Bonita Springs, Florida.
  • Final decisions on scholarship recipients will be approved by the President of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Naples Town Hall Scholarship in honor of Barbara and Earle Borman Endowed Fund (3)
 

This scholarship was established by Rick and Lori Borman to benefit students with financial need. Rick and Lori are owners and producers of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series.

  • Recipient(s) will demonstrate financial need as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
  • This scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive it in successive years.
The Krishna and Suseela Botlagudur Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Krishna and Suseela Botlagudur have endowed this scholarship in memory of Mr. Suryanarayana Botlagudur, a dedicated educator. Their contribution encourages the success of FGCU students and advances the university's achievements in education, research and public service.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to full-time FGCU undergraduate, degree-seeking students annually. Freshman will be considered. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Scholarships are to fund tuition and fees, not to exceed the full tuition and fees amount for one year (i.e. fall and spring semesters). After one student is fully funded for the year, a second student is to be funded and so forth, as the endowment will allow.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Preference will be given to students who qualify for the First Generation Matching Grant.
  • The Foundation Scholarship Committee will submit a list of qualified applicants to the Donor's representative (i.e., initially, Mr. Sreenivas and Dr. Aswani Volety and eventually their designees) and give thoughtful attention to the advice and recommendations of the donors' representatives when selecting the scholarship recipient.
President Wilson G. and Jo Anna Bradshaw Scholarship Fund (3)
 

President Wilson G. Bradshaw is a native Floridian and earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburg.

This scholarship is being established to assist deserving students with the cost of their education here at FGCU. Both President Wilson G. Bradshaw and Jo Anna hope that in some manner, this scholarship will make the promise of a college education a reality for future students attending FGCU.

“Oh, could I but instill into your minds tonight the desire to be the rare person with the determination to achieve. I would feel that I had redeemed myself in a slight degree for all the opportunities I neglected in my first half of life. To awaken late in life to all the wonders and possibilities of this life is better than never to have awakened, but to be awake in the early years of life ready and keen to make life worthwhile earns for one marvelous privileges.”  Quote by 1929 Fort Myers High School Graduation Address by Mrs. Mina (Thomas) Edison

  • Recipients will be rising juniors or seniors at the University;
  • Recipients will have demonstrated civic engagement above and beyond the University’s required community service. Preference will be given to students engaged in human and social activities such as soup kitchens and food drives;
  • Recipients will be Pell eligible;
  • Recipients will be full-time, degree-seeking students who are in good academic standing;
  • Annually, the University will provide a blind list of qualified candidates to the Donors for final recommendation of recipients.
Edward John Brenner Memorial Engineering Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Proceeds from this scholarship each year will be used to support students who are majoring in Engineering at the University and who have maintained a B average.
  • Eligibility begins when students achieve Sophomore status.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Broke and Married Civil Engineering Scholarship (4)
  • Recipient will be a married.
  • Recipient will be a father, or soon to be father.
  • Recipient will have great financial need.
  • Recipient will be majoring in civil engineering with an interest in construction.
The Brooks Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
  • The recipients will be students majoring in Business.
Keith Bullock Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipient(s) will have had their college education postponed or interrupted for at least five years.
  • Recipient(s) will be majoring in a Computer Science field.
  • Recipient(s) will be deserving and need-based as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Mrs. Bunny Foundation Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mrs. Bunny and her husband came to Fort Myers, in the late 50’s, from Cincinnati, Ohio. While living there, she worked as a nurse in a children’s hospital. Her nick name was “Bunny” and she wished to remain anonymous even after her passing and we will respect that wish here. She never had any children of her own, only one step-daughter. 

The Mrs. Bunny Foundation was created at the suggestion of her friend and accountant Leo M. Tuscan, E.A. in order to help children and promote the nursing field. The foundation setup a scholarship for nursing students that need financial assistance in their pursuit of a career in the nursing field.  

Mrs. Bunny, would be at awe as to the changes in the training and technology that the nursing program has today versus her time in the field. I’m sure she is looking down upon those students that have received scholarships and is amazed by their ability, drive and enthusiasm for the nursing program.

She was active in the Southwest Florida Symphony for many years, and was a life-time member of the Caloosa bird club. She and her husband were world travelers. Mrs. Bunny was an avid reader, of all types. She loved studying finances, especially. She walked miles every week, rode her three-wheeled bike all over and had a great love of nature. Mrs. Bunny always had a smile and a great sense of humor. She was (90) years old, when she passed.

  • Recipients will be upperclassmen who have been formally admitted to the nursing program.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
  • Recipients will have financial need, as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Preference will be given to students who have received a Mrs. Bunny Foundation Scholarship at Edison Community College prior to transferring to FGCU.
Jackson Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund (1)
 

This Jackson Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund was established at the University of South Florida at Fort Myers and transferred to FGCU once this state university opened in Southwest Florida. The scholarship was endowed by Jackson Burgess to enable students to complete their education.

Mr. Burgess passed away December 25, 1985.

  • The recipients must be deserving students, based upon scholastic merit.
Al and Nancy Burnett Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

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  • Recipients will be majoring in marketing or communications (with a concentration in public relations)
  • Recipients will have graduated from a high school in Southwest Florida.
Carol and Jim Burnette Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Burnettes established the Carol and Jim Burnett Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund, which will benefit graduate students in the Lutgert College of Business Master of Business Administration program.

"We feel very fortunate to have received scholarship assistence while completing our graduate degrees from the Florida system of higher education, and to have enjoyed successful careers within this system for more than 30 years," said Carol Burnette, who retired recently as Lutgert College of Business associate dean for enrollment management. "We realized scholarships for part-time graduate students are limited. Therefore, we focused on helping graduate students within the MBA program, which traditionally has the largest enrollment of part-time students."

  • Qualified candidates must be graduate students admitted to the Lutgert College of Business Master of Business Administration program.
  • Qualified candidates will be selected by the MBA program coordinator/advisor.
  • Qualified candidates will hold a GPA of at least 3.2.
  • Qualified candidates will be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of graduate level courses each semester.
  • Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and the recipient may receive the scholarship in successive years.
The Zelda Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund (1)
 

Zee Butler was an active resident of Sanibel Island. She stood for wilderness and wildlife preservation; for a safe and protected community; for government as an instrument of the people; and for the pursuit of a finer quality of life. To her, this meant a life that finds room for music, art, and the refinements of a civilized society.

She worked tirelessly for Sanibel Island bike paths and preservation of the environment. Instead of erecting a monument, a group of Island residents created this memorial scholarship because the gesture would be a tribute to someone who affected the lives of area people and the gift would have an enduring effect.

 Zelda Butler died in 1981.

  • The recipients must be entering freshmen;
  • Priority will be given to students from the southwest coast of Florida;
  • Academically qualified students will be studying an area of importance to Zee Butler. American Studies (city and government), Fine Arts (both music and visual arts), and Natural Sciences (protection of our environment) are eligible.
Pat and Laura Cacho Family Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

As a child in Belize, Cornelius “Pat” Cacho’s home country, conditions were poor.  His parents had scant education; there was no high school in the town of his birth and no college or university in the country.  But his parents made the extreme sacrifices necessary for him to attend high school. 

Later, he was fortunate to be helped to make his way to Great Britain, where he became a certified accountant and earned two degrees at the London School of Economics.  He went on to serve as the Economic Secretary of Belize then was recruited by the World Bank where, among other posts, he served as Chief of Mission in Somalia.

Upon retirement in 1990, he and his wife, Laura, moved to Naples.

“We looked around and discovered minority kids, particularly black kids, in dire straits,” he said.  “We decided to devote the rest of our lives to helping them.”

They volunteered in area schools and financially supported students and programs that assist them, including the College Reach-Out Program at FGCU, which aims to help improve the odds for success for disadvantaged middle and high school students.  Through a host of enrichment activities, CROP helps students prepare for and succeed in college. 

  • Scholarship preference will be given to black students.
  • Qualified candidates will have been affiliated with the College Reach Out Program (CROP) for at least one year.
  • Qualified candidates will be permanent residents of Collier County, Florida.
  • Recipients may receive awards in successive years, up to a total of four years.
Pat and Laura Cacho Family Scholarship Restricted Fund (4)
 

As a child in Belize, Cornelius “Pat” Cacho’s home country, conditions were poor.  His parents had scant education; there was no high school in the town of his birth and no college or university in the country.  But his parents made the extreme sacrifices necessary for him to attend high school. 

Later, he was fortunate to be helped to make his way to Great Britain, where he became a certified accountant and earned two degrees at the London School of Economics.  He went on to serve as the Economic Secretary of Belize then was recruited by the World Bank where, among other posts, he served as Chief of Mission in Somalia.

Upon retirement in 1990, he and his wife, Laura, moved to Naples.

“We looked around and discovered minority kids, particularly black kids, in dire straits,” he said.  “We decided to devote the rest of our lives to helping them.”

They volunteered in area schools and financially supported students and programs that assist them, including the College Reach-Out Program at FGCU, which aims to help improve the odds for success for disadvantaged middle and high school students.  Through a host of enrichment activities, CROP helps students prepare for and succeed in college. 

  • Preference will be given to black students. 
  • Qualified candidates will be affiliated with the College Reach Out Program (CROP) for at least one year.
  • Qualified candidates will be permanent residents of Collier County, Florida.
  • Two $2500 scholarships are awarded annually.
  • Recipients may receive awards in successive years, up to a total of four years.
Ruth M. and Cleveland L. Campbell Engineering Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Cleve was born on November 29, 1923 in the small farming community of Newport, Arkansas.  His father was a tenant farmer.  Ruth was born on March 16, 1925 in Middletown, Ohio.  Her father was an electrical specialist for a major steel company, but died in his early 50s.  Both had wonderful mothers who raised their children in a Christian way.  Cleve’s family suffered mightily through 10 years of the Great Depression.

Cleve served three years in the military during World War II, becoming a fighter pilot flying P-40s and P-47s.  He ended the war in a pilot-pool in Lincoln, Nebraska awaiting reassignment to the Pacific.  Harry Truman’s courage brought that war to a speedy conclusion.

Following the war and under the GI Bill of Rights, Cleve eventually graduated from Iowa State University of Science and Technology as an Agricultural Engineer, specializing in farm machinery and buildings, soil and water conservation, and rural electrification.  He was recognized scholastically by Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.  He later rose to become a professional engineer and served on the Board of Directors of Toastmasters Intl.

Ruth attended Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan.  She and Cleve were married in 1948.  They have been married for 64 years.

Cleve worked 31 years for the same steel company as Ruth’s father.  By the time Cleve retired, the company had 71,000 employees.  In those 31 years Cleve and Ruth lived and worked in New York City, Pittsburgh, PA and Nashville, TN.  They travelled much of the world.

Following retirement, they moved to Naples, Florida.  Cleve became a professional real estate broker, selling Gulf-front condominiums and raw land, especially along Interstate 75.

In 2006 they moved to Shell Point, a beautiful retirement community of 2300 residents and 700 employees.  They have been heard to say without hesitation, “God has been good to us.”

The Campbells also support the Tau Beta Pi Association Scholarship program.   

  • Recipients must be majoring in Engineering.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
Ruth M. and Cleveland L. Campbell Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Cleve was born on November 29, 1923 in the small farming community of Newport, Arkansas. His father was a tenant farmer. Ruth was born on March 16, 1925 in Middletown, Ohio. Her father was an electrical specialist for a major steel company, but died in his early 50s. Both had wonderful mothers who raised their children in a Christian way. Cleve’s family suffered mightily through 10 years of the Great Depression.

Cleve served three years in the military during World War II, becoming a fighter pilot flying P-40s and P-47s. He ended the war in a pilot-pool in Lincoln, Nebraska awaiting reassignment to the Pacific. Harry Truman’s courage brought that war to a speedy conclusion.

Following the war and under the GI Bill of Rights, Cleve eventually graduated from Iowa State University of Science and Technology as an Agricultural Engineer, specializing in farm machinery and buildings, soil and water conservation, and rural electrification. He was recognized scholastically by Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He later rose to become a professional engineer and served on the Board of Directors of Toastmasters Intl.

Ruth attended Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. She and Cleve were married in 1948. They have been married for 64 years.

Cleve worked 31 years for the same steel company as Ruth’s father. By the time Cleve retired, the company had 71,000 employees. In those 31 years Cleve and Ruth lived and worked in New York City, Pittsburgh, PA and Nashville, TN. They travelled much of the world.

Following retirement, they moved to Naples, Florida. Cleve became a professional real estate broker, selling Gulf-front condominiums and raw land, especially along Interstate 75.

In 2006 they moved to Shell Point, a beautiful retirement community of 2300 residents and 700 employees. They have been heard to say without hesitation, “God has been good to us.”

The Campbells also support the Tau Beta Pi Association Scholarship program.

  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to benefit FGCU Engineering students who are deserving and need-based as determined by the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  • Students must be degree-seeking undergraduates, and the recipients must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Students must also demonstrate leadership skills and have made a meaningful contribution to the community.
  • Final selection of recipients will be made by a committee headed by the Director of the U. A. Whitaker School of Engineering. The maximum award per student will be 1/4 of a "full ride scholarship" to the University which includes room and board, tuition, fees, and books.  The amount of a "full ride scholarship" is determined each year by the FGCU Financial Aid Department.
E. Odell Carlton and Golda Carlton Scholarship Fund (3)
 

A mother and son team have partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to establish an endowed scholarship fund to support students from Hardee County with career ambitions in Law Enforcement or Education. Charles B. Edwards and his mother, Freida Carlton Edwards, established The E. Odell Carlton and Golda Carlton Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was created to honor E. Odell Carlton, born and raised in Wauchula, Florida, where he served as sheriff for 12 years, from 1953 to 1965, and his sister Golda, who taught English at Hardee High School for more that 40 years.

  • The recipients must be from Hardee County.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in Education or Criminal Justice.
  • Recipients may be either undergraduate or graduate students.
Community Health Association Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Community Health Association, Inc. is a private foundation. In keeping with its mission statement to promote the education of health care, CHA established this scholarship in 1998 to offer students from Lehigh Acres an opportunity to acquire advanced training locally.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • The recipients must be current residents or have been residents of Lehigh Acres for at least two years.
  • The recipients must be in a degree program within the College of Health Professions.
  • The recipients may be either full- or part-time students.
  • The recipients must agree to allow the Community Health Association to publicize their names and photographs.
  • The awards are for tuition and required books and supplies. Receipts and College of Health Professions course syllabi detailing the purchased books and supplies are necessary for reimbursement.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Confrerie De la Chaine Des Rotisseurs/CHEF Scholarship (4)
  • • The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc. will provide financial support to FGCU students who are enrolled full time as majors in the Resort & Hospitality Management Program;
  • • Recipients will be need-based as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee;
  • • Recipients will be full-time;
  • • Recipients will have an academic standing that assures their ability to succeed;
  • • Recipients will be US citizens or legal residents who have graduated from Lee or Collier County, Florida high schools;
  • • In the event that there are no qualified applicants, funds shall carryover to the following semester or school year.
Charlotte Community Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Charlotte Community Foundation has been a part of the Charlotte County community for more than 20 years. It is the only foundation of it's kind, solely focused on Charlotte County. CCF got it's start in the Adventist Hospital Foundation. When the hospital was sold and became Charlotte Regional Medical Center the CCF established itself as a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation focused on health and education issues.

  • The recipients must be residents of Charlotte County.
  • Recipients must be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Charlotte Regional Medical Center Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The mission of Charlotte Regional Medical Center is to respond to patient and community needs as a leader in quality, cost-effective health care. It further commits itself to create an environment that promotes a caring attitude, teamwork and responsiveness to our patients, employees, physicians and community.

  • The recipients must be residents of Charlotte County.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Academic merit will be condidered when selecting recipients.
Sheldon and Celie Chassin Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Proceeds from the Endowment each year will be awarded to FGCU students who are enrolled in the College of Education.
Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund (4)
 

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  • The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc. will provide financial support to FGCU students who are enrolled full time as majors in the Resort & Hospitality Management Program;
  • Recipients will be need-based as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee;
  • Recipients will be full-time;
  • Recipients will have an academic standing that assures their ability to succeed;
  • Recipients will be US citizens or legal residents who have graduated from Lee or Collier County, Florida high schools;
  • In the event that there are no qualified applicants, funds shall carryover to the following semester or school year.
Clarence and Natalie Chesnutt Scholarship Fund for Instrumental Music Education (3)
 

The Clarence and Natalie Chesnutt Scholarship fund for Instrumental Music Education was established by Rod Chesnutt, Bower School of Music’s Head of Instrumental Studies, in May 2009, in honor of his parents. “They provided the models and tools for me to find my own way and shape my future as a music educator. They were firmly committed to a balanced, comprehensive public school education as that is what enabled both of them to be highly successful while having underprivileged resources.”

Clarence and Natalie Chesnutt were highly educated, but had very humble beginnings. Clarence, the son of a tenant farmer, is from Winchester, Tennessee. Natalie was the youngest of seven children. Her parents almost gave her up to another couple in the community because the community didn’t think her parents could provide for her.

  • Recipient(s) will be instrumental music education majors who intend to teach band or orchestra in a public school setting.
  • The scholarship may be renewed through a fifth year as long as the recipient remains academically eligible and a viable contributor to the BSM Instrumental Program.
  • If desired, the Donor may participate in the final selection of recipients.
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Scholarship Fund (3)
 

CliftonLarsonAllen’s 3,600 people are dedicated to helping businesses, governments, nonprofits, and the individuals who own and lead them. From offices coast to coast, its professionals practice in specific industries to deliver assurance, tax, advisory, and outsourcing capabilities best aligned with its clients’ needs. Integrated private wealth advisory services address their personal financial goals, and its international resources help organizations successfully enter and compete in all markets, foreign and domestic. For more information, visit cliftonlarsonallen.com.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
  • Recipients will be majoring in Accounting.
  • Recipients will be residents of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County.
Coastal Village Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Coastal Village was a property of Ambling Management Company. Ambling provides innovative, high quality, and professional property management. They are dedicated to surpassing the goals and expectations of the students, families and investors that they work with.

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking Native American students;
  • Should there be no Native American students enrolled at the University in a given year, the scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit to a student with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
Brian and Denise Cobb Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Brian and Denise Cobb, Naples philantropists committed to assisting young people, believe in the promise of education. That commitment has resulted in the Brian and Denise Cobb Endowed Scholarship Fund that will support FGCU students majoring in Communication.

The Cobbs are distinguished in the communications industry. Mr. Cobb has built a renowned 30-year career in the broadcasting industry and is the founder and president of CobbCorp LLC. a national media merger and acquistion company. Mrs. Cobb's career in broadcasting spans 25 years as an award-winning television producer, station manager, consultant and station owner.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking students majoring in Communications.
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Harvey D. and Janet G. Cohen Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Harvey David Cohen was born in Cincinnati, OH, on June 3, 1921, the oldest of five children. He attended Hughes High School and the University of Cincinnati as a scholar-athlete, receiving honors for both his academic and diving successes. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Harvey set aside his education to answer the call for troops. With only one year of undergraduate studies remaining, he enlisted in the US Army on August 18, 1942. Upon first arriving at the training base, Harvey learned that a search for a bugler had been unsuccessful. Even though he had never played this instrument, he volunteered, confident that his talent on piano, violin and guitar would enable him to learn this instrument quickly. Luckily, Harvey’s musical abilities did indeed extend to this wind instrument. During most of the war Harvey taught code for the Military Intelligence Service. The Army Aviation Corps tapped his knowledge of code and he was among the few who flew the Hump, the term used for flying over the Himalayan Mountains, which was known to be extremely dangerous with the dearth of reliable charts, radio navigation aids and weather reports. After the war he returned to the University of Cincinnati to complete his undergraduate studies, eventually earning his Doctorate of Law there in the spring of 1947.

Janet Guttman Cohen was born March 31, 1925, in Cincinnati, OH. Her parents were respected, involved members of the Wilmington, OH community who developed Janet’s broad knowledge, values, manners and grace. Her mother, a fifth grade math teacher, enrolled Janet in Girl Scouts, and in elocution, tap, toe and ballet classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Janet was a cheerleader at Wilmington High School and worked after school and on weekends at her father’s store, The Paris, in downtown Wilmington. While attending Miami University in Oxford and Ohio State, she majored in business administration, though if truth be told she not only majored in social life, she mastered it. She pledged Sigma Delta Tau and organized many of its themed socials and benefits. Over the summers during WWII, Janet helped the war effort by working at the Glider base in Wilmington and at Patterson Field in Dayton. Janet knew Harvey since she was twelve years old, often visiting the Cohen home to play with his sister. But, it wasn’t until their 20’s in the summer of 1947 that cupid’s arrow hit.

Four months later on October 16, 1947, they eloped. That fall he started his professional career at a local law firm and she quit her job at Mabley & Carew to make a home for them. She was creative and frugal, enjoying her search for the finest antiques to fill their home. Janet saved the money their parents gave them when they married and put away a portion of every paycheck. Eventually they used this bounty as a down payment on their first house.

On August 12, 1949, they welcomed their only child Frances Ory Cohen to the world and doted on her. She instilled in Fran a strong, independent character and honest and caring values. When Janet’s only brother Sam died in a home fire, she reared his children Kim and Scott for much of their early lives. During these years, Janet led a Brownie Troop, worked for a health clinic for underprivileged pregnant women, and later volunteered at Heart Mart (a local non-profit auxiliary) while continuing her practice of saving, which eventually gave them their start in real estate development. In 1959, they bought their second home in a new development--Hilton Head Island, SC--before venturing to commercial real estate. 

Cincinnati attorney turned developer Harvey Cohen was attracted to a project’s potential and he found the most intriguing challenges in urban revitalization. By developing surrounding properties, Harvey turned the once quiet Skywalk of downtown Cincinnati into a bustling commercial area. Recognizing his propensity for risk-taking, the city approached him to develop a fringe area then known as Harry’s Corner. The expansive Convention Place Mall resulted. The renewal project closest to his heart was the old Cincinnatian Hotel--a downtown landmark since 1882, where he and Janet honeymooned. When its charm was restored in the 1980’s, Harvey and Janet retired to Naples, Florida.

In their personal lives, they lived by the 10 Commandments, known for being honest and good-hearted, and they often exhibited a wonderful shared sense of humor. In business, Harvey’s word was his bond and his handshake was stronger than any contract.

Harvey and Janet established this scholarship fund on August 2, 2006. Later, when it came time to consider their legacy, Harvey stated simply, “It’s about humanity.” Before they could finalize their other legacy contributions, on July 17, 2010, their daughter Fran died of breast cancer. Harvey’s heartache caused his health to deteriorate quickly and he followed her in death on February 27, 2011. Harvey and Janet both had recognized the importance of a student union where students are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. In this center, enduring friendships, lifelong leadership skills and the values of civility, cooperation and caring are developed, and these were the interactions, skills and values that were important to the Cohens’ own success in business and in life. Janet was especially fond of this facility because it is alive with activity and laughter. 

When Janet presented their legacy gift to the University, through her tears she endearingly referred to the student union as “Harv’s Place.” In recognition of that significant and meaningful gift to enrich the college experience, Florida Gulf Coast University dedicated the student union to them on January 10, 2012. Even before the building was dedicated “Harvey and Janet Cohen Center,” the student body was already referring to their place away from home as “Harv’s Place.”

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking students enrolled at FGCU.
  • Recipients will have financial need and a demonstrated ability and desire to succeed.
  • Preference will be given to Nursing students with an interest in Pediatrics or Gerontology.
Jean and Donald Cohen Scholarship (4)
  • The scholarship committee has full authority to select the student(s).
College Club Apartments Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

College Club was recently purchased by FGCU and is now known as West Lake Village.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Joseph Coller (3)
 

The Joseph "Joe" Coller Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund was established in memory of FGCU graduate Joe Coller, who died in 2005.

  • Proceeds from the fund will be used to support FGCU students who are residents of Estero, Florida, and who demonstrate community service.
  • Recipient(s) must be in good standing with the University.
  • Preference will be given to members of Circle K International.
  • This scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Barron and Dana Collier Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Colliers have remained a driving force in Southwest Florida since Barron Collier purchased many acres in the 1920's. Barron Collier III is vice president, director, and general partner of the Barron Collier Companies. He serves as vice president and director of Barron Collier Junior Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Canterbury School in Milford, Connecticut.

  • The recipients must be Collier County students.
  • The recipients must have grades of A's and B's, or their numerical equivalents.
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Gregory and Angela Valvo Collins Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • Recipient(s) must be accepted in the graduate Physical Therapy program.
  • Recipient(s) may be either full- or part-time students.
  • Recipient(s) must reside in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee county.
  • Recipient(s) will be classified as need-based.
  • Recipient(s) must agree to enroll in (or have taken) an ethics course at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Recipient(s) must demonstrate service to the community as required by FGCU.
  • It is highly desired by the donors of this scholarship that upon graduation, the recipient(s) will practice physical therapy in an outpatient hospital setting, a hospital inpatient setting, a home health agency, an extended care facility, an adult life care facility, a school setting, or a therapist-owned private practice or rehabilitation agency.
  • The Chair of Physical Therapy will participate in the selection of award recipient(s).
Computing Services Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Computing Services provides leadership and instills confidence through exceptional technology and assistance to their customers.

The computer support help desk provides technical support to FGCU staff and students via internet or phone.

The network groups are responsible for the network backbone infrastructure and administrative computing resources. This group maintains the network and e-mail services for faculty staff and students. They also maintain security policies, server maintenance, internet access, and campus connectivity, spam, firewalls, and the student housing network.

  • Preference will be given to students who major or minor in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Recipients will be full-time, degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.  Freshmen will be considered.
  • The University will submit a list of qualified applicants to the Director of Computing Services for final selection.
Herbert D. and Carolyn E. Conant Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Herbert D. Conant & Carolyn E. Conant Scholarship Endowed Fund was created to award scholarships to students majoring in engineering or science who demonstrate outstanding leadership in school and volunteer activities. It was created to make a difference in the lives of students and their families for generations to come. Both Conants believe that engineering and science are important to the country’s welfare. 

Herbert Conant served in the Marines. He spent his 17th birthday on a troop ship going to New Zealand at the start of World War II. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology after World War II, then went to work for The Turner Corporation, an international construction, Fortune 500 company, based in New York City. He eventually became the company’s CEO and chairman of the board. Carolyn Conant earned her master’s degree from the University of Chicago in urban studies, worked in university administration then in the construction industry.

  • Recipient will be a full-time student majoring in Engineering, or one of the Sciences.
  • Recipient may be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Recipient must be a US Citizen and a Florida resident.
  • Recipient will demonstrate outstanding achievement in either a Science or Engineering project and/or exhibit leadership qualities in school or in volunteer activities.
  • Recipient will have financial need as detmined by the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  • Awards will be distributed in amounts of up to $15,000 (adjusted for inflation) per student, not to exceed the need of the student.
Jack and Betty Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

 “Jack and I appreciate being associated with FGCU and the people who strive to make it the best University in the State of Florida.”  It was a simple note from Betty Conner many years ago, but the depth of their appreciation will be felt forever in Southwest Florida and beyond.  “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Scholarship Fund,” “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of Nursing” and “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of World Affairs” recently funded by their trusts extend the good they accomplished in life.

In 1998, the Conners established the ”Jack and Betty Conner Endowed Scholarship” fund, a scholarship fund that encourages ethics in business.  A few years later, Betty learned that one of her scholarship recipients wanted to continue on to earn her master’s degree but was unable to do so because the student’s finances were limited.  It was then that the “Jack and Betty Conner Fellowship” fund was established at Florida Gulf Coast University. This fund gives preference to graduate students who received the Conner’s undergraduate scholarships.

Jack and Betty felt fortunate that they could assist dedicated individuals in their quest to better their situations and were confident that education was the key.  Jack spent his career as a toolmaker, retiring from Delva Tool in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.  One of his proudest moments was his involvement in the design and construction of a special case for the second moon buggy which allowed the astronauts to transmit directly from their suits back to earth.  They built just one and it is still on the moon.  His artistic and mechanical talent was evident throughout their Bonita Springs home particularly in their studio room where he designed the furniture and accessories which Betty used in her creative sewing and computer work.  He passed away in 2002.

Betty received her RN in 1950, worked in hospitals and in the early 1960’s became a school nurse.  She went to Trenton State College in New Jersey and received her BA in Education in 1967.  For the next 22 years, she worked in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey elementary school system (K-8), retiring in 1984 after being diagnosed with lymphomia in 1982.  She fought the disease for 25 years with a spirit that was inspiring to all who knew her.  She passed away on February 18, 2007. 

Bob Ratti, their financial advisor, was one of many who knew both of them very well.  “Knowing Jack and Betty for more than 25 years, I was constantly amazed at their willingness to face new challenges, including learning new technologies and techniques to solve a problem.  Betty wanted to create fancy embroidery on her custom-made clothing.  To accomplish this, she learned how to digitize the images that she scanned and this was after she taught herself all about computers.”   

Jim Kerr, their attorney and friend, also knew them well.  “The uncommon love Jack and Betty felt for each other overflowed to their non-traditional family.  Bob Ratti and I became part of their family as did many at the University and all their scholarship recipients.  Betty cared deeply about her students, closely following their academic and career progress.”  The students appreciated their nurturing advice.   In February, student Bianny Fernandez wrote the following words to Betty at the end of her life, “I thank God for having you form part of my life.  I will always remember your kindness, your sweet words, your smile.  Thank you for the gift of education, for caring for me like I never thought anyone outside of my family would.  I love you and I count on soon having an angel in the heavens watching over me.  Please do not forget me when you are in the paradise that you so well deserve.”   

With their estate, the Conners established their third endowment to benefit FGCU students.  Qualified recipients will be undergraduate students from Collier and Lee County who have academic merit and financial need. 

Their estate also established “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of Nursing” and The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of World Affairs.”  The individuals selected to hold these honored professorship titles have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activities, have published widely, and have shown a commitment to using their own achievements to give FGCU students the most stimulating and up-to-date education available in their fields.  These professorships are advancing Florida Gulf Coast University in prominence through teaching excellence. 

Their gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Florida.

  • Recipient must be full-time degree-seeking students.
  • Recipient may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Jack and Betty Conner Fellowship Fund (3)
 

“Jack and I appreciate being associated with FGCU and the people who strive to make it the best University in the State of Florida.” It was a simple note from Betty Conner many years ago, but the depth of their appreciation will be felt forever in Southwest Florida and beyond. “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Scholarship Fund,” “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of Nursing” and “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of World Affairs” recently funded by their trusts extend the good they accomplished in life.

In 1998, the Conners established the ”Jack and Betty Conner Endowed Scholarship” fund, a scholarship fund that encourages ethics in business. A few years later, Betty learned that one of her scholarship recipients wanted to continue on to earn her master’s degree but was unable to do so because the student’s finances were limited. It was then that the “Jack and Betty Conner Fellowship” fund was established at Florida Gulf Coast University. This fund gives preference to graduate students who received the Conner’s undergraduate scholarships.

Jack and Betty felt fortunate that they could assist dedicated individuals in their quest to better their situations and were confident that education was the key. Jack spent his career as a toolmaker, retiring from Delva Tool in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. One of his proudest moments was his involvement in the design and construction of a special case for the second moon buggy which allowed the astronauts to transmit directly from their suits back to earth. They built just one and it is still on the moon. His artistic and mechanical talent was evident throughout their Bonita Springs home particularly in their studio room where he designed the furniture and accessories which Betty used in her creative sewing and computer work. He passed away in 2002.

Betty received her RN in 1950, worked in hospitals and in the early 1960’s became a school nurse. She went to Trenton State College in New Jersey and received her BA in Education in 1967. For the next 22 years, she worked in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey elementary school system (K-8), retiring in 1984 after being diagnosed with lymphomia in 1982. She fought the disease for 25 years with a spirit that was inspiring to all who knew her. She passed away on February 18, 2007.

Bob Ratti, their financial advisor, was one of many who knew both of them very well. “Knowing Jack and Betty for more than 25 years, I was constantly amazed at their willingness to face new challenges, including learning new technologies and techniques to solve a problem. Betty wanted to create fancy embroidery on her custom-made clothing. To accomplish this, she learned how to digitize the images that she scanned and this was after she taught herself all about computers.”

Jim Kerr, their attorney and friend, also knew them well. “The uncommon love Jack and Betty felt for each other overflowed to their non-traditional family. Bob Ratti and I became part of their family as did many at the University and all their scholarship recipients. Betty cared deeply about her students, closely following their academic and career progress.” The students appreciated their nurturing advice. In February, student Bianny Fernandez wrote the following words to Betty at the end of her life, “I thank God for having you form part of my life. I will always remember your kindness, your sweet words, your smile. Thank you for the gift of education, for caring for me like I never thought anyone outside of my family would. I love you and I count on soon having an angel in the heavens watching over me. Please do not forget me when you are in the paradise that you so well deserve.”

With their estate, the Conners established their third endowment to benefit FGCU students. Qualified recipients will be undergraduate students from Collier and Lee County who have academic merit and financial need.

Their estate also established “The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of Nursing” and The Elizabeth A. and Jack A. Conner Professorship of World Affairs.” The individuals selected to hold these honored professorship titles have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activities, have published widely, and have shown a commitment to using their own achievements to give FGCU students the most stimulating and up-to-date education available in their fields. These professorships are advancing Florida Gulf Coast University in prominence through teaching excellence.

Their gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Florida.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking graduate students enrolled at FGCU.
  • Preference will be given to students who were awarded the Jack and Betty Conner Endowed Scholarship while undergraduates.
Alan and Selma Cooper Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of James Francis Cooper (3)
 

Alan Cooper attended the University of Pennsylvania with the expectation of becoming a statistician. Halfway through his studies he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard to help with the Korean War effort. The night before he shipped off, he met Selma, his wife to be. In the armed forces, he was trained as a gunner—a central control operator—on the B-26. When the US sold a fleet of B-26 bombers to Cuba, Alan, at the age of 19, was sent to Cuba for six months to train Cuban soldiers on the intricacies of this weapon. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania a more mature student two years later, eager to learn. His professor and mentor—chairman of the Statistics department—encouraged him to apply for his former consulting position with the local United Way. With this, Alan found his career; he worked for United Way for 45 years, using his statistical skills to professionalize operations and measure campaigns, both for local offices and the national office. When United Way of America needed leadership, Alan was there to steer the organization as CEO through troubled times. The family moved from NYC to Richmond to South Bend to St. Louis to Los Angeles to Minneapolis to Baltimore for Alan to train United Way employees and volunteers. Every winter, national United Way training took place in Florida, so when it came time to retire, Florida was the obvious choice. 

In 1999 the Coopers established this scholarship because they believed that Florida Gulf Coast University is very important to the community. Mr. Cooper once commented, “Your University added a whole new dimension to our area and I look forward to helping.”  The Coopers also wanted a way to memorialize their son, James Francis Cooper, who was born with Tay-Sachs disease. They lost their son to this illness just before his second birthday.

Photo: Alan with his great granddaughter Samantha Walters in 2010. With a smile and a twinkle in his eye, he said of this picture, "Holding Samantha humanizes me."

  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipients must be full-time degree-seeking students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Coopers and Lybrand Foundation Scholarship Fund (1)
 

PricewaterhouseCoopers (trading as PwC) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest professional services firm and the largest of the "Big Four" accountancy firms measured by 2011 revenues.

PwC has offices in 771 cities across 158 countries and employs over 169,000 people. It had total revenues of $29.2 billion in FY 2011, of which $14.14 billion was generated by its Assurance practice, $7.63 billion by its Tax practice and $7.46 billion by its Advisory practice.

The firm was formed in 1998 by a merger between Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. The trading name was shortened to PwC in September 2010 as part of a major rebranding exercise.

  • The recipients must be students related to the Fort Myers area;
  • The recipients must be pursuing a field of study in accounting.
David and Karen Crowther Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The David and Karen Crowther scholarship will be benefit students with documented learning disabilities. From personal experience, the Crowther family knows that students with learning disabilities are more than capable of competing in the academic arena and earning degrees. They have found that students with disabilities are dedicated to their educational goals.

  • Recipients will have a documented learning disability;
  • All else being equal, preference will be given to students who have financial need and the ability to succeed academically;
  • If desired by the Donors, s/he/they may participate in the final selection of the recipient.
DallePezze Scholarship (7)
 

John and Georgia DallePezze understand that access to education can change lives.  This is what motivated them to establish a scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

“Georgia and I are big supporters of education.  We think it’s an important issue for our country, for everyone,” said John DallePezze, who was a first generation student who earned an engineering degree and an MBA, then went on to become a successful businessman before retiring.

The couple, who live in Naples, created the DallePezze Scholarship which will award a minimum of $6,000 a year to FGCU students.  They had previously donated to FGCU and, as a result, were invited to the annual President’s Scholarship Luncheon at which donors and scholarship recipients get to know one another.  Their experience at the event made them want to give more. 

“We had the good fortune of sitting with half a dozen students and came away very impressed,” John DallePezze said.

The scholarship may be awarded to any degree-seeking student that university officials deem deserving, he said.  He particularly likes the First Generation Scholarship program, through which the State of Florida matches gifts from individuals, doubling the amount available for students who are the first in their families to attend college. 

The DallePezze Scholarship is custom-designed to test the viability of a new fund type at the Foundation in hopes of maximizing donor dollars and scholarships to students.

  • The Donors authorize the University to identify the scholarship recipients and to make the annual awards.
William and Susan Dalton Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

William and Susan Dalton are helping build bright futures for promising students while also remembering departed friends with a pair of endowed scholarship funds.

The couple, who enjoyed successful careers as the owners of several radio stations, have contributed monies to establish the William and Susan Dalton Scholarship Endowed Fund. Both funds will award scholarships in perpetuity to graduate or undergraduate students in good standing in the Lutgert College of Business.

The Daltons are also members of the President's Society and donors to the First Generation Scholarship Fund, whichs assists students who are the first in their families to attend college.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students in good standing in the Lutgert College of Business.
Caloosahatchee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The DAR was founded in 1890. It is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization that is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and educating children.

The organization has more than 165,000 members and has 3,000 chapters throughout the United States and internationally. The DAR's membership volunteers more than 60,000 hours annually.

  • The recipients must be nontraditional students who are American History majors in pursuit of degrees or those finalizing a degree in the subject of American History. (Nontraditional students are defined as those who have been away from the academic environment for an extended period of time.)
  • The donor and the principal instructor of the History Department will be consulted before scholarships from this fund are awarded by the Scholarship Committee.
The Dr. and Mrs. Amal K. Das Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Das came to the United States at age 25 when he was chosen by the Indian Medical Association to come for one further year of training. He ended up staying and getting his citizenship here. Dr. Das went into private practice in Kokomo, Indiana.

Kokomo has a local campus of Indiana University. Since Dr. and Mrs. Das have always been interested in promoting higher education, they started a scholarship program there. When they moved to Ft. Myers, they became interested in FGCU, which was just starting to evolve. They decided to continue with a scholarship here.

Dr. Das: "Betty, my wife, and I want to see students achieve their dreams of a good education, and hopefully, our scholarships will help. When I was a young man in India, I saw poverty on every street corner. We know that with help, many of these young people could have gone on to great things."

  • Scholarships will be awarded to full-time FGCU undergraduate or graduate degree seeking students annually. Freshman will be considered. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Scholarships are to fund tuition and fees, not to exceed the full tuition and fees amount for one year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). After one student is fully funded for the year, a second student is to be funded (and so forth, as the endowment will allow).
  • Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in any one of the academic programs offered within the College of Health Professions.
Udaya N. & Ira R. Dash Scholarship Fund (3)
 

"In early 1999, not too long after FGCU became Florida's 10th state university, our financial advisor put us in touch with John Crowley, Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation. Our advisor knew of our charitable endeavors to help needy individuals for advancement of their academic dreams. We were delighted to make a contribution, especially when we heard that the donation would be matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Florida. Since we were both American citizens and retired medical professionals from St. Louis, born in India, living in the U.S. since 1952 and 1959 respectively, it was natural to earmark the funds for minority students in the college of health professions. Udaya came from the poorest of villages in Orissa, India, and received help throughout his high school and medical education, mostly spurred on by his older brother. We attended almost all the scholarship luncheons in order to meet our student recipients, and Ira has continued in the years since Udaya's passing in October 2009. Udaya's motto was 'Leave the World a little better place.' We feel humbled and privileged to be a part of this great University." --Ira Dash

  • The recipients must be minority students in the College of Health Professions.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
The Davis Family Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Kate and Kris Davis are the owners of Lit & More , a printing and copying company with offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Naples.

  • Recipients will excel in a sport at the University.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.4 or better GPA.
  • Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
DeAngelis Diamond Construction Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

In 1996, DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. was created with a bold new vision for the construction trade in Southwest Florida. Since then they have been working side by side with clients, architects and subcontractors throughout the State of Florida, earning the reputation of honor, integrity and trust, making its vision a reality. The relationships they form at the beginning of the job are the foundation for everything that follows. DeAngelis Diamond’s motto is “The Honor to Build” and clients will appreciate the dedication and effort that goes into each new venture and will reap the benefits of a job done right the first time.

DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. has the experience of negotiating and managing over a billion dollars of construction in Florida. Its depth of experience spans a variety of building types including Educational, Financial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Office, Residential, Retail and Green building. They view each project as an opportunity to exceed its clients’ expectations, and with each new opportunity presented, its clients benefit from DeAngelis Diamond Construction’s building experience.

  • Recipients will be majoring in Engineering.
  • Recipients will have graduated from high school in the five-county Southwest Florida region.
  • After a selection process coordinated by the Foundation Scholarship Committee, information about the top three students will be forwarded to the Donor for final determination of the scholarship recipient.
  • When the University establishes a Construction Management major of study, this scholarship will change to benefit students in that major instead of engineering.
  • Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and students may receive the award in successive years.
Betty Ann Denholtz Memorial Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Betty Ann Denholtz passed away on January 18th, 1999. A scholarship was created by six close friends to support female students at Florida Gulf Coast University who were majoring in environmental studies.

Betty was an ardent orchid lover and maintained a substantial collection. Her joy was to bestow orchids to her close friends, many of whom became collectors as well.

Her joy of life and love of family were her wonderful attributes. She left a devoted husband, son, daughter and two grandchildren.

  • Recipients must be female.
  • Recipients must be enrolled fulltime in Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences, or any horticultural area.
  • Recipients must submit two written recommendations, either academic or professional, as well as a 500-1,500 word essay describing their specific interest area of student and professional ambitions.
  • The scholarship may be offered for a period up to two years based on demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and a passionate desire to excel in her chosen discipline.
  • The family of Betty Ann Denholtz may choose to be members of the FGCU Scholarship Selection Committee that determines recipients of this fund each year.
  • Financial need may be determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Tom Dougherty First Generation Scholarship (4)
  • Recipients will meet the criteria for the First Generation Matching Grant.
Duffus Family Fund (3)
  • The PSEP Scholars Club Program will issue scholarships, grants, and awards to K-University students from the endowment proceeds. The Donor may provide written recommendations for the use of the annual allocation.
  • Should the PSEP Scholars Club cease operations, the Donor may redirect the funds to another University program. If the Donor is unable to redirect the funds, Florida Gulf Coast University will award the annual allocation as need-based scholarships in perpetuity.
Edison Garden Club - Peggy Karkalits Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

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  • Recipient will be majoring in Environmental Studies, Biology, Environmental Science or related degree programs.
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in a career in horticulture.
Estero Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (4)
  • Recipients will be residents of Estero.
  • Recipients will have financial need.
  • Recipients will have completed an exceptional amount of community service.
Ruth L. Faith Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women in Mathematics (3)
 

Visionary Ruth Faith shattered stereotypes, never allowing her gender to limit her options. Even after her death at 77, she has continued helping women advance professionally.

The philanthropic iconoclast moved to Southwest Florida in 1971, and soon joined Zonta International, a global organization of professional and executive women working to advance the status of women. It was through Zonta that Faith became involved with Florida Gulf Coast University.

She established the Ruth L. Faith Endowed Scholarship for Women in Mathematics in 2000. In the following years, she established the FGCU Foundation's first four charitable gift annuities, assigning the charitable remainder portions to her endowed scholarship. She also made FGCU a beneficiary of her estate through a simple bequest, assigning her legacy dollars to her endowed scholarship.

  • Recipient(s) will be female.
  • Recipient(s) will be full-time freshmen.
  • Recipient(s) will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.
  • A minimum of two awards will be made annually.
Fernandez Family Business Leadership Award (4)
 

Mr. Manny Fernandez received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1967 and followed with a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1969, also from UF. 

Mr. Fernadez currently serves as the managing director of SI Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on information technology and communications infrastructure companies that enable e-business.

He also serves on the Florida Gulf Coast University Business School Board of Advisors.

  • Recipient will be selected by the Lugert College of Business Dean's office.
  • Recipient will be a Pre-Business or Business major.
  • Recipient will show financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipient will have graduated from a high school in the five county Southwest Florida region (Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee counties).
  • Recipient will have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years. To remain eligible, students must maintain an FGCU GPA of 2.7 or higher.
FGCU Student Government Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Florida Gulf Coast University Student Government is recognized as the official representative and governing organization of the student body.

  • Qualified candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students who have completed their freshman year and demonstrated excellence in Diversity, Leadership, Service or Sustainability.  Financial need will also be considered in the selection of the recipients.
  • As many as four awards will be made each year, based on the award categories of Diversity, Leadership, Service and/or Sustainability.
  • The Foundation will encourage the participation of the Student Government officers in the final selection of the recipients for the coming academic year.
Ruth and Cleveland Campbell First Generation Scholarship Fund (4)
  • Recipients will be full-time, degree-seeking First Generation students, meaning students will have parents who have not earned baccalaureate degrees and students will have financial need as defined by the federal government.
The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Southwest Florida Chapter, Accounting Endowment (7)
 

The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants serves as the association for all CPAs certified in the state. The organization was founded in 1905. Since its establishment they have worked to advance the accounting profession.  

The organization's mission is to uphold the high standards of the accounting profession and ensure its continued growth and success.

  • Use of the endowement proceeds will be determined annually by the President, President Elect of the organization, and the Chair of the Accounting degree program in the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU.
  • If the distribution will be for scholarships, the following criteria will be used: recipient(s) will be majoring in Accounting; financial need will not be a consideration.
Fifth Third Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Fifth Third Bank's origins go back to the late 1800's. The Bank of the Ohio Valley was established in Cincinnati. It was purchased by the Third National Bank in 1871. The Third National bank eventually merged with the Fifth National Bank, and together they are known as Fifth Third Bank.

Since their beginning, Fifth Third Bank has been driven to provide the best customer service, and to follow sound banking principles.   

  • Recipients will be enrolled full-time;
  • Recipients will be undergraduates majoring in Finance, Business or Economics;
  • Recipients will be US citizens or hold a valid social security number;
  • Recipients will reside in Charlotte, Collier or Lee County, Florida;
  • Recipients will hold at minimum a 2.5 GPA;
  • Recipients must show financial need. Financial need is determined by the family income. Applicants quaify if family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines posted on the US Department of Health and Human SErvices website for the current year: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/09poverty.shtml
  • Recipients may receive the scholarship in successive years, provided they maintain at minimum a 2.5 GPA.
Fish Florida Foundation Scholarship (4)
 

Fish Florida is a non-profit organization. They support other organizations that teach people, especially children, about Florida's fish and aquatic habits through donations of fishing equipments, grants, and scholarships.

Fish Florida's mission is to promote public awareness of and encourage the protection of marine fisheries and coastal habitats.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the marine, freshwater or environmental science program (i.e. Marine Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science at FGCU);
  • Recipients will have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  • Professor of Marine Science will select the recipient from a qualified pool of scholarship candidates;
  • These scholarships are intended to assist with tuition expenses.
Alice and Dean Fjelstul Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be full-time, degree seeking students
  • Recipients will be First Generation students as defined by Florida Statutes 1009.701
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Paul and Aline Flynn Scholarship Fund (2)
 

Mr. Flynn is a graduate of the University of Toledo. From 1995-2004 he served as vice-president of MBNA America Bank, N.A. (now Bank of America) in Wilmington, Delaware. Previous to that he served as senior vice president of their sales division. He is currently serving as chair of NCH Health Foundation's Foundation Committee.

His wife, Christine, worked in elementary and middle school education in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a trustee of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Women's Initiative, which is associated with the Community Foundation of Collier County.

  • The recipients must be outstanding students;
  • The recipients must be related to the Fort Myers area;
  • The scholarship is intended to assist a minority.
George E. Fogg Student Research Fund (3)
 

Mr. Fogg has been designing landscape architecture for some of the world's most distinguished addresses. He and his wife moved to Naples after living in Saudi Arabia for eight years, where he taught at King Faisal University in Al-Khobar. While teaching he also worked on residential and commercial landscape architecture projects. In 1990 he and his wife established their own landscape architectural firm in Naples. He designs and his wife takes care of the business aspects. He also gives seminars to young professionals in the landscape archtecture field.

  • Proceeds from this fund will be used to financially assist deserving students who seek to accomplish independent environmental/design research projects for course credit or who wish to publicly present their environmental/design research/papers at conferences.The annual application/award process and the subsequent project evaluation will be the responsibility of the University. 
Rebecca Fogg Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Ms. Fogg was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Her family relocated to West Palm Beach in 1957. She attended Palm Beach Junior College and Florida State University. She worked in Washington, DC for Congressman Paul G. Rogers as well as the National Recreation and Park Association in Arlington, Virginia. She traveled to Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia where she and her husband lived for eight years for his work. They have since traveled all around the world.

  • The scholarship fund will be used to support degree-seeking students at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students from Florida who need financial assistance.
Jules Freeman Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Jules Freeman was born in June 1914. He and his brother were instrumental in the development of San Carlos Park. He was a generous donor to the building of Whitaker Hall.

His son, Alan Freeman, created the Jules Freeman Scholarship Endowed Fund, to honor his father: "Growing up in Depression-era poverty, my father knew his chances for success would be based on hard work and getting a college education. Working during the day, he attended City College of New York night school for 14 years to earn his college degree. I can think of no better way to honor his career than to dedicate this endowed scholarship in his honor. I hope it provides opportunities for recipients to pursue a similar path to success."

  • Recipient(s) will have a 3.0 GPA upon admission to the University.
  • Recipient(s) will have financial need as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business.
  • The FGCU Scholarship Committee will present candidates to the donor who will recommend the final selection(s) to the Committee.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • To remain eligible, students must maintain an FGCU GPA of 2.7 or higher.
Friends of East County Regional Library Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Lehigh Acres Public Library Association, Inc. has established this scholarship endowment on behalf of Lehigh Acres residents who have contributed to the library's growth. Treasurer of the Lehigh Acres library, Royden Parke, said, "This scholarship fund honors the heritage of Lehigh Acres' earliest library system and provides a lasting legacy for those people who lived in Lehigh Acres, and supported the library."  

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • Recipients will be from the greater area of Lehigh Acres; including Alva, Buckingham, and Riverdale areas.
  • Recipients will remain eligible for re-award if they remain in good academic standing.
  • A Lee County library or the University's library is the preferred community service site.
  • The Donor will be consulted prior to the final selection of the recipients.
Gaines-Carrier First Generation Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Harry H. Gaines received his B.B.A. degree from Georgia State University. He served as chairman of Computer Learning Centers from 1994 to 2000 and director from 1987 to 2000. From 1987 to 1994, Gaines was president and chief executive officer of Mohr Development Company, a provider of sales training solutions and consulting services based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. From 1989 to 1995, he was chief executive officer of Blessing/White Inc., a Princeton, New Jersey company providing individual and business development programs for major corporations. In 1983, Gaines was appointed president of Deltak Inc., a subsidiary of Prentice-Hall Inc. located in Naperville, Illinois. He is author of Fitness Beyond 50: Turn Back the Clock, published in 2012.

  • Recipients must meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the academic term for which funds are requested.  A student's residency status is determined by the post secondary institution.
  • Recipients will not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program.
  • Recipients will not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Recipients will not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients will be a First Generation college student. A student is considered First Generation if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student would also be eligible if s/he regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients will be accepted at the University.
  • Recipients must Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • The University will request the Florida Department of Education’s First Generation Matching Grant Program match the annual scholarship proceeds from this fund to significantly and directly benefit the recipients.
  • This scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
The Lucille Garbey and Dr. William J. Garbey Scholarship Endowed Fund (6)
 

A longtime educator and education administrator who overcame the odds to become a first-generation college graduate pledged his estate to help financially challenged FGCU students complete their degrees. With his gift, William J. Garbey of Fort Myers hopes to inspire today's students to similar acts of generosity after they graduate and start their careers.

"None of us has acheived any degree of success without the help, assistance and sacrifice of others," Garbey says. "It is hoped that anyone receiving such aid would also be inclined to help someone else in the future."

The Lucille Garbey and Dr. William J. Garbey Scholarship Endowed Fund honors Garbey's mother, who was an eight-grade graduate. His father's education ended with the sixth grade, but Garbey was able to earn not only a bachelor's degree, but also masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.

 "I was the first in my family to get the opportunity to go to college," he says. "I figure that was my exit out of the possibility of never being able to enjoy the middle-class amenities that were out there. If I can do something with what's left after I go to help someone else experience the same thing, I am happy to do it."

Throughout his own years in school, Garbey worked hard to put aside money and took out loans to continue his education so he understands how important financial assistance can be. He began his career as a teacher and worked his way through the administrative ranks to superintendent of the Penn Hills School District in suburan Pittsburgh. He retired from the position in 1986 after 25 years in the district, the 10th largest in the state.

When he decided to make Florida his home, Garbey took a keen interest in the development and growth of FGCU, according to Senior Director of Advancement Judie Cassidy. "Our founding president, Roy McTarnaghan, took the time to talk to him about the university," she says. "The personal attention he received then impressed him and prompted him to return to FGCU when he was ready to consider his estate planning. He feels the same humanity and thoughtfulness from President [Wilson G.] Bradshaw and others he has met at FGCU."

Garbey says, "I feel privileged to be associated with the university in any capacity at this point in my life and know that young minds are being provided the opportunity to develop and contribute to our future society."

  • All applicants will be considered without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, age, family status or sexual preference.
  • Qualified candidates will be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Qualified undergraduate candidates will have attained sophomore status or greater.  Freshmen are not eligible as the donor wishes to ensure that every eligible candidate has made a personal commitment to complete a program of study that will lead to a degree from the University and has minimally established a pattern of academic performance during the first year of his/her college program to warrant scholarship assistance.
  • Qualified candidates will maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, demonstrating scholastic performance ability.
  • Qualified candidates will have economic need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or other federal or state aid gauge that may replace the FAFSA in the future. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) will not be greater than the sum of Room and Board.
  • Qualified candidates will not be related to a member of the University faculty, University administration, University Foundation or related to any person involved in the scholarship selection process.
  • Qualified candidates will be citizens of the United States, either naturally born or naturalized. The Donor wishes to provide assistance to United States citizens whose future success will lead to U.S. employment and taxes paid for the general welfare of the citizens of the United Sttes.
  • Scholarship awards will be limited to the value of tuition, fees, and books for one year (i.e. Fall and Spring semesters). Specifically, the awards will not cover Room and Board.  Such costs will be the responsibility of the students or students' parents or guardians.
  • After one student is fully funded for the year, a second student will be funded (and so forth as the endowment allocation will allow).
  • Students who continue to qualify may be awarded the scholarship in successive years.
  • It is desired, though not required, that scholarship recipients contribute some part of their future estate to provide scholarship assistance to others seeking advanced degrees. In the Donor's own words, "None of us achieved any degree of success without the help, assistance and sacrifice of others and it is hoped that anyone receiving such aid would also be so inclined to help someone in the future to also obtain some degree of success based upon their similar need for help."
  • If a scholarship recipient ceases to be full-time or withdraws from all courses in either semester during the year of the award, the University will withdraw the scholarship from the student's financial aid package for the offending semester or year of the award. By written authorization, the Dean of Students may permit the award if the circumstance is a devastating exigency that requires a hiatus of less than two semesters. This scholarship will not be awarded in the future to recipients who have had their scholarships withdrawn.
GATES Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Gates is a construction management, general contracting and design firm with offices in Florida and the Republic of Panama. Gates believes that to be successful, you must continuously provide leadership in projects that ensure the client's objectives are met. They work collaboratively with team members, architects, and owners to achieve a successful end product.

  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipients must be degree seeking students.
  • Recipients must demonstrate a strong work ethic and show that the scholarship will make a positive impact on their ability to attend FGCU. They must also show a serious commitment to their education and see the University as a way of creating a promising future for themselves.
  • A Student may receive the scholarship in successive years and no preference or penalty may be given for prior awards.
  • Preference will be given to students who are employees or relatives of employees of GATES, Inc.
  • Multiple scholarships may be awarded each year.
Graduate Business Association Endowed Fellowship Fund (3)
 

The Graduate Business Association is the official body representing graduate students in the Lutgert College of Business. It's mission is the development of collegiality among alumni, current graduate students, and the faculty. They also strive to provide ongoing professional growth for students, alumni, and community benefit.

  • The recipient will be a graduate student enrolled in the College of Business.
  • The recipient must take a minimum of six credits per semester.
  • The recipient must reside in the five-county area (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee). This will allow international students to apply but not distance-learning students from outside Southwest Florida.
  • The Graduate Business Association Board of Directors will review candidates presented by FGCU's Scholarship Committee and recommend final selection to the Committee.
Bruce R. Geyer Memorial Book Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Bruce R. Geyer loved music from the moment he picked up the accordion his mother insisted he learn to play as a youngster. Over the years, he taught himself the guitar, violin and other string instruments, performing in bands throughout his life for the sheer pleasure of it.

After music, he loved education, both receiving and imparting it. “He was a musician and an excellent student who loved school,” says his mother, Jean Swangren, of Fort Myers. “He was a wonderful person and was extremely talented.”

Geyer died of cancer at age 55. To honor his memory in a meaningful way, his mother created a scholarship.

The Bruce R. Geyer Memorial Book Scholarship Fund will be used to purchase texts for full-time students who are residents of Lee County, can show financial need and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to students majoring in music or education.

Geyer served in the Air Force, enrolling in college afterward. He went on to earn his doctoral degree, but Swangren recalls that he and his wife struggled to pay for his education, especially textbooks. Although he had hoped to become a teacher, he eventually took a job with the government to better provide for his wife and two daughters, Swangren says. Still, education and music always remained his passions.

“Jean Swangren recognizes that textbooks are often a surprise expense for students,” says Judie Cassidy, FGCU senior director of Advancement. “The Bruce R. Geyer Memorial Book Scholarship is intended to bring joy and relief, and it does. For education and music majors whose free time is limited by student teaching and performance requirements, this award changes tears to cheers.”

  • Recipients will be residents of Cape Coral, Florida.
  • Recipients will have financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students seeking careers in music and/or education.
  • This scholarship is intended for books only; proof of charge/purchase is necessary for award.
Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™ Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Golden Apple Award was created in 1988. It is an award that recognizes the school district's top teachers. Six recipients are selected each year. They receive a trophy, $3,000 cash award, a pin and membership to the Academy of Teachers. Their schools also receive a $500 cash award.

  • The recipients must be teachers in the public schools of Lee County;
  • The recipients must wish to take a course or courses to enhance classroom skills. This scholarship is not intended to assist teachers wishing to advance their administrative skills;
  • Application will be made to the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™;
  • The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™ Scholarship Committee will determine eligibility and make award recommendations to FGCU;
  • Awards will be made in an effort to cover costs of desired courses and related books and supplies.
Elizabeth Grace Scholarship (4)
 

Jim and Gail Lozelle established an endowment at the Naples United Church of Christ to support scholarships for Special Education majors who have the passion, compassion and patience to teach and encourage. Their gift was inspired by their granddaughter Elizabeth Grace who holds their hearts. 

  • The scholarship will be awarded to students in the University College of Education working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education.
  • The student selected each year must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • The University will forward its choice for the scholarship recipient each year (along with information about the student) to the Naples United Church of Christ Endowment for the final approval by NUCC Endowment Grant Committee before the scholarship is awarded.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
David Graham/Urban Land Institute Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit research and education organization. The organization was established in 1936, and now has members in 95 countries worldwide.  

  • Recipients will be students at the University who express career aspirations in real estate development or careers requiring responsible use of land.
  • Recipients will demonstrate leadership at the University and/or in the community.
  • Recipients will be eligible for this scholarship beginning in their junior year.
  • The scholarship is also open to graduate students.
  • A list of qualified applicants will be submitted to the donor for final selection.
Marvin and Helene Gralnick Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Marvin and Helene Gralnick are quite familiar with the fabric of success. As founders of Fort Myers-based Chico's FAS, the couple has built a top performing women's fashion and accessories retail operation known for its appealing style, customer loyalty and corporate substance. Now they and the company have demonstrated their commitment to helping students stitch together their own fabric of success. To honor its founders, Chico's FAS established the Marvin and Helene Gralnick Scholarship Fund, which will support FGCU students whose studies are focused on entrepreneurship or art.

  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipients will be degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students at FGCU.
  • Recipients will have graduated from a Lee County school or college.
  • The recipients will be majoring (or seeking a concentration) in Entrepreneurship or Art.
  • The recipients will not be on academic probation or warning.
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund (5)
 

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. represents over 1400 businesses, professionals, and individuals in Lee County.

 

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients must be residents of Lee County.
Greater Fort Myers Women in Business Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The "Women in Business Committee" serves the Women in Business Group and is responsible for the presentation of the "Apex Award" given to one exceptional woman at the end of the year. The group focuses on careers, networking, and our community. Networking is always our number one focus. Men are encouraged to attend the meetings.

  • Annually, the Foundation will determine a pool of qualified candidates and seek the Donor's participation in the final selection of recipients.
  • Recipients will be non-traditional students starting or returning to college to complete their undergraduate degrees.
  • Recipients will have financial need as defined by the governing authorities at FGCU.
  • Recipients will be enrolled full-or part-time.
  • Preference will be given to single, divorced, or widowed female applicants, especially those with children.
  • Recipients will be encouraged to participate in select Women in Business Committee activities and programs throughout the year.
Carole Green Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Carole Green is a Florida State Representative living in Ft. Myers. She graduated from Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as a radiation therapist and a health care administrator before being elected to the House in 1998. She serves on a number of medical and health care committees.

  • It is preferred that recipients be upperclassmen who have been formally admitted to the nursing program.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
Ben Hill Griffin Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Since its inception, development of Florida Gulf Coast University has been defined, in large part, by the generosity of Ben Hill Griffin, III. The FGCU Foundation’s largest donor, Mr. Griffin’s contributions include the donated land on which the campus was built, an additional 215 acres nearby and three School of Business chairs donated by Alico, Inc., as well as the basketball gymnasium and Alico Sports Arena. The first campus building and the four-lane roadway that feeds traffic to FGCU are named for him. A lifetime resident of Polk County, he earned an associate of arts degree in business from the University of Central Florida and attended the University of Florida. He is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. of Frostproof, with interests in cattle and citrus. He served for six years in the U.S. Army National Guard and has served on a myriad of boards including the Florida Agricultural Museum; Special Help for Agriculture Research and Education (SHARE); Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Trust; Florida Land Council; and Polk County Education Foundation, Inc. He is a past Chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission and a Citrus Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. Mr. Griffin has four children.

Although basketball has been the athletic darling at Florida Gulf Coast University of late, longtime benefactor and FGCU Foundation board member Ben Hill Griffin, III sees football in the university’s future. 

To help prepare for that day, Griffin established the Ben Hill Griffin Scholarship Endowed Fund.  Half of the scholarship will be awarded to student-athletes who play football once the university launches a program. The other half will be awarded to students enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business.

He hopes other people will contribute to help fund football scholarships that will be needed in the future when FGCU launches a team.

“Athletic scholarships are the backbone of a university program,” he says.  “I hope the fund will continue to grow until such time as we can award the first football scholarship.” 

Football is a Griffin family tradition. The University of Florida’s football stadium was built with funds from Griffin’s father and is named for him. 

Ben Hill Griffin, III “has always been there, leading the charge for Florida Gulf Coast University,” says President Wilson G. Bradshaw. Because of him, “we already have an accomplished intercollegiate athletics program that is breaking records in every sport and we applaud his vision and support for the future.”

  • One-half of the endowed fund's annual scholarship allocation will be awarded to student-athletes who participate in footabll. Until such time as Football is established at the University, this portion of the annual scholarship allocation will remain in the invested fund.
  • The second half of the endowed fund's annual scholarship allocation will be awarded to students enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business. This portion of the scholarship allocation will be awarded annually beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Recipients of this scholarship must also be of good character and maintain at minimum a GPA of 3.0.
  • Scholarship recipients who continue to qualify may be awarded the Ben Hill Griffin Scholarship in successive years.
Florida Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Association Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be full-time juniors or seniors
  • Recipients will have been accepted in to the Honors Program
  • Recipients will be enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business
  • Recipients will have a minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Preference will be given to students who are interested in the field of consumer packaged goods/food industry
  • Florida Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Association Scholarships are to be awarded for one academic year and are not renewable
John and Dorothy Guigon Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mr. Guigon served as vice-president and general counsel for Schering-Plough. He retired in 1991 after 25 years with the company. The company is based in New Jersey and specializes in anti-infective and oncology drugs.

  • The recipient(s) will be majoring in an environmental studies degree program.
  • The recipient(s) will be recommended by the Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.
  • Recipient(s) may be either undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipient(s) will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipient(s) will be upperclassman.
Ann Hamilton Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be outstanding student-athletes annually selected by the Athletics Director
Harvard Jolly Architecture Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Harvard Jolly Architecture was established in 1938 by William B. Harvard, Sr. They serve clients across the United States,

Harvard Jolly offers services in architecture, planning, programming, interior design, and landscape architecture.  

  • Recipients must meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the academic term for which funds are requested. A student's residency status is determined by the post secondary institution. 
  • Recipients will not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program.
  • Recipients will not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Recipients will not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients will be a First Generation college student. A student is considered First Generation if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student would also be eligible if s/he regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients will be accepted at the University.
  • Recipients must Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The University will request the Florida Department of Education’s First Generation Matching Grant Program match the annual scholarship proceeds from this fund to significantly and directly benefit the recipients. 
  • This scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Harvard Jolly Architects Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Harvard Jolly Architecture was established in 1938 by William B. Harvard, Sr. They serve clients across the United States,

Harvard Jolly offers services in architecture, planning, programming, interior design, and landscape architecture.  

  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
Florence Hecht Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Ms. Florence Hecht was the director of Southwest Florida Enterprises, Inc. She was married to Isadore Hecht who passed away in 1975. Their son-in-law, Fred Havenick, currently runs the Hecht family business.

  • Preference will be given to employees and their relatives of the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track and/or the Flagler Greyhound Track, when possible.
Heidt & Associates, Inc., Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Heidt & Associates, Inc. was established in 1943 by Richard Merrin in Tampa, Florida. Throughout the years they have gone through many mergers and acquisitions. They moved into their current corporate offices in Ybor City, Florida in 2007.

  • Recipient(s) will be juniors or seniors majoring in Civil Engineering.
  • Recipient(s) will be provided the opportunity to complete a 10-week unpaid internship at Heidt & Associates, Inc. before their senior year.
Dr. Denise Heinemann Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

While shopping for insurance, Denise Heinemann, associate professor in the College of Health Professions, discovered a new option that allows her to leave FGCU a gift that won't cost her a dime.

By naming the university as a beneficiary of the no-cost institutional charitable benefit rider on her new universal life insurance policy, FGCU will receive 1 percent of the policy's face value. The best part: it will be paid by the insurance company and won't be deducted from the policy itself.

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the nursing program.
  • Recipients must have resided in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee county for at least two years.
  • Recipients may be either full or part-time students.
  • The applicant must demonstrate evidence of leadership ability by providing recommendations from two (2) nursing faculty.
  • Preference should be given to seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application. Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
The Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholars Program (4)
 

Helios Education Foundation is a non-profit organization. They work to create opportunities for students to succeed in post-secondary education. They invest in programs that address some of education's most critical issues.

Their vision is that every individual in Arizona and Florida has the opportunity to attend and is prepared to succeed in post-secondary education.

Their mission is to enrich the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in post-secondary education.

  • Recipients will be First Generation students.
  • Recipients will be in good academic standing.
  • Amount of scholarships awarded each year will be based on the student’s need assessment after any scholarship or grant aid has been applied.
  • Primary consideration will be given to continuing students.
  • Recipients will be majoring in Education with the intent to become a teacher in Florida.
  • FGCU will create an individualized student support plan for each recipient, including academic and general support, such as the provision of a mentor.
  • FGCU agrees to provide an annual financial report for the prior academic year, including date, number and amount of scholarships awarded and other information requested by the donor.
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Scholarship Fund - in Honor and Recognition of Retiring Stockholders: James A. Franklin, Jr., Albert Frierson, Stephen L. Helgemo, and Ronald W. Smalley (3)
 

Henderson Franklin has grown to become one of the largest locally based full service law firms since it's establishment in 1924. The firm was established by Robert Abner Henderson, Jr. and James A. Franklin, Sr.

The firm continues to uphold the values and principles of it's founders and a commitment to the Southwest Florida community it serves.

  • Recipients will be undergraduates from the five-county area of Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee). Those who have graduated from a high school in this region or have been a legal resident of the area for more than two years qualify.
  • Recipients will be full-time students who have demonstrated need, academic talent, and the personal characteristics that will enable them to succeed in their pursuit of higher education. Academic merit is a primary consideration along with other criteria. The values of hard work, perseverance and the ability to achieve goals are important elements in determining who is awarded these scholarships. The student's desire to achieve a higher education will help guide the selection committee in its choice of recipients. It is expected that those receiving the award will in time present a broad spectrum of age, background, and degree of assistance in the pursuit of higher education.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed their freshman year.
  • This scholarship is made for the period of one academic year. Subsequent awards may be made to the same individual if the student remains qualified.
Carisa Loraine Herald Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Carisa Loraine Herald was born on June 1, 1990 and graduated from East Lake High School in 2008. She was a Criminal Justice major expecting to graduate in 2012 and planning on attending law school upon finishing her degree at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Carisa served the Kappa Tau chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha as the Service Chair and her Panhellenic community as a Recruitment Counselor in 2010 and most recently was selected as the head Recruitment Counselor in 2011.

Carisa was a beloved member of the Greek community and was known for her unforgettable laugh, her dancing, and her love for pink. She had the ability to make everyone smile. She made the best out of every situation with her sweet and genuine personality. Her passion for each and every task she took on was inspiring and she had a never ending appetite for life.

Carisa will be remembered and missed each day by many in the student body. The Greek community at FGCU wants to honor the memory of Carisa with the creation of this endowment.

  • The recipient will have been a member of a recognized FGCU Fraternity or Sorority for a minimum of two years.
  • Recipient will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Recipient will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student, taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • Recipient will demonstrate leadership skills by holding leadership roles within Greek community (i.e., within the chapter, governing council, standing committees or recruitment teams).
  • The top three to five qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Dean of Student's office and a selection committee determined by the Office of Student Involvement at FGCU will make a final selection recommendation to the FGCU Scholarship Committee for the award.
Barbara and Joe Marlin Hilliard Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Joe Marlin Hilliard is owner and general partner of Hilliard Brothers of Florida, an agribusiness company that produces sugar cane, cattle and citrus. The business has 40,000 acres in Hendry and Glades counties and Marion County, Georga. Hilliard Brothers also produces vegetable, timber and sod. Joe Marlin Hilliard helped form the Southwest Florida Agricultural Council, was chairman of the Florida Sugar Cane League, was chairman of the Florida Fish and Game Commission, was president of the Florida Land Council, and was president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association.

  • Scholarship will be used to support degree-seeking students enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Preference will be given to students from Hendry and Glades counties.
  • All other State and Federal financial assistance programs should be applied prior to use of this fund. In addition to tuition assistance, these funds may be used for housing, transportation, class supplies, etc.
  • Preference will be given to residents of Clewiston.
  • The FGCU Scholarship Committee will seek and give priority to recommendations from the Donor.
Joe A. and "Tippy" Hilliard (3)
 

The late Joe A. Hilliard started Hilliard Brothers of Florida, a cattle business, in the 1930s in the central and south regions of Florida. In 1962, he entered the sugar cane business and was among the first of the area farmers to experiment with mechanical harvesting. In the 1980s he added citrus production to the family farming operations. The business grew to over 60,000 acres in Hendry and Glades counties and two other states, and branched out into other crops such as fruit, sod, vegetables and timber. His contributions to the crossbreeding of beef cattle gained national and international recognition. He died in 1999 at age 88.

  • The recipients must be from Hendry or Glades County.
  • Preference will be given to typical, traditional students.
  • The recipients are eligible for renewal if they remain in good academic standing.
  • Preference will be given to residents of Clewiston.
  • The FGCU Scholarship Committee will seek and give priority to recommendations from the Donor.
Hillmyer-Tremont Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation was founded by the following four individuals.

Monk Hillmyer, Chairman of the South Florida Division, has guided U.S. Home's operations in Southwest Florida since his arrival from Columbus, Ohio, in 1962. Under his leadership, U.S. Home has has been the leading developer of communities and golf courses in Southwest Florida since 1971. He was the winner of the NewsPress's 1992 "Boss of the Year" award. The Foundation is named in his honor.

Elmer Tremont, from McKeesport, PA, worked for four years at the University of Miami. He came to Fort Myers in 1954 and has coached generations of Lee County’s youth including stops at Fort Myers, Estero and Cypress Lake High Schools. With a 581-155 basketball record, he has won more basketball games than any coach in Southwest Florida and is a member of the Florida Athletics Coaches Hall of Fame. The Foundation is named in his honor.

Sam B. Crimaldi graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1971. He has been with U.S. Home Corporation for 22 years and serves as its President of Operations in Southwest Florida. 

Larry Donovan arrived in Florida eighteen years ago from Ohio. Larry started the Community Bank and retired in 1995.  He is President of the Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate degree-seeking student athletes.
  • Recipients will be from Lee or Collier County.
  • The scholarship will be awarded annually to one male and one female student athlete.
Hispanic Council of Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Mary Giglia Johnson (5)
  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients will be of Hispanic origin.
  • The recipients will have graduated from a high school in Southwest Florida.
  • The recipients must take a minimum of nine credit hours.
HMA Scholarship Fund in Memory of Robyn Wright (3)
 

HMA is a professional organization of medical practice managers and people they commonly do business with. The organization was established in 1985 as a way for medical practice managers to share information and ideas with others in their field.

Robyn Wright spent more than two decades working in the local medical community, much of it at the Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center. She died in a motorcycle accident with her husband, Ron, in November 2008. She was 51. In remembrance, members of the Health Management Association have created the HMA Scholarship Fund in Memory of Robyn Wright.

  • Award priority will be given to members of Health Management Association and their relatives.
  • To help the Foundation identify recipients, the Donors will notify the Foundation of potential candidates.
  • If there are no qualified priority candidates, the University will award the scholarship to a student in good standing who is enrolled in the College of Health Professions.
Ruth and Burtt Holmes Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Whitaker Foundation, through the guidance of past chairmen Burtt Holmes (1994-2005) and Ruth Holmes (1989-1993), has supported FGCU in major initiatives, positioning this University to be a national leader in science, mathematics, technology and engineering education. Specifcally, Drs. Burtt and Ruth Holmes of Naples: 1) challenged the community with a matching grant to fund the University's first science, mathematics and technology building (Whitaker Hall); 2) funded the Whitaker Eminent Chair in Science; 3) provided initial funding for Engineering education at FGCU; and 4) funded Holmes Hall, the academic facility for Engineering education on campus.

  • Recipients must be full-time degree seeking students.
  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Donor's preference is to award the scholarships to mathematics or science majors.
Ruth and G. Burtt Holmes Scholarship (4)
 

The Whitaker Foundation, through the guidance of past chairmen Burtt Holmes (1994-2005) and Ruth Holmes (1989-1993), has supported FGCU in major initiatives, positioning this University to be a national leader in science, mathematics, technology and engineering education. Specifcally, Drs. Burtt and Ruth Holmes of Naples: 1) challenged the community with a matching grant to fund the University's first science, mathematics and technology building (Whitaker Hall); 2) funded the Whitaker Eminent Chair in Science; 3) provided initial funding for Engineering education at FGCU; and 4) funded Holmes Hall, the academic facility for Engineering education on campus.

  • Two full tuition and housing scholarships will be awarded annually based on academic merit, demonstrated leadership, and fine character development.
  • Recipients will be graduates of Wilmington High School in Massachusetts, from the Virgin Islands, or a recipient of a previous Holmes scholarship.
  • Donor's preference is that one of these students will have participated in high school athletics.
  • Wilmington High School and Virgin Island recipients must qualify for FGCU's Out-of-State Tuition Waiver.
  • Recipients must attend FGCU full-time and live in on-campus housing.
  • The scholarship may be awarded for a second year provided that the student remains eligible.
  • Donor will participate in the decision process.
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals: Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals is an association for global professionals in finance and technology working in hotels, clubs, and other hospitality-related businesses. The organization was founded in 1952 and now has over 4,200 members world wide.  

  • Recipients must be enrolled full time at the University and be majoring in Resort and Hospitality Management or Accounting.
  • Recipients must be in their junior or senior year.
  • Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Recipients must demonstrate community involvement.
Mary Frances Howard Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mrs. Mary Frances Howard was married to W. Thomas Howard who is credited with being a major force in bringing a 10th state university to Southwest Florida.  He also launched the Founder's Cup golf tournament, an annual event held by the FGCU Foundation. Mr. Howard was also the founding president of the Foundation. He passed away in 1995. Mrs. Howard, along with family and friends, established the W. Thomas Howard Endowed Professorship in Business here at FGCU and Howard Hall is named for him. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were both Fort Myers natives. Mrs. Howard passed away in 2007.

  • The recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • The recipients may be either full- or part-time students.
  • The recipients must be enrolled in the nursing program within the College of Health Professions.
  • The recipients must reside in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County.
  • The recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
David and Beth Howard Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mr. David B. Howard is married to Mrs. Beth Marie Howard.  They reside in Bonita Springs, FL.

  • Proceeds from this fund will be awarded every year as scholarships to deserving students selected by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Thomas Howard/Gannett Presidential Endowment Scholarship Fund (1)
 

Mrs. Mary Frances Howard was married to W. Thomas Howard who is credited with being a major force in bringing a 10th state university to Southwest Florida. He also launched the Founder's Cup golf tournament, an annual event held by the FGCU Foundation. Mr. Howard was also the founding president of the Foundation. He passed away in 1995. Mrs. Howard, along with family and friends, established the W. Thomas Howard Endowed Professorship in Business here at FGCU and Howard Hall is named for him. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were both Fort Myers natives. Mrs. Howard passed away in 2007.

  • The recipients must be from the Greater Fort Myers area;
  • The recipients must be valedictorians or runners-up.
Steven G. Belcher Human Resources Department Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The mission of the Florida Gulf Coast University's Human Resource Department is to continuously pursue proactive approaches to the welfare and diversity of our students, faculty, staff and applicants through innovative recruitment, appointment, benefits programs, employee relations, professional development and public service.

  • Recipients will be rising Juniors, Seniors or graduate students.
  • Recipients will be majoring in Human Resources. Until the University offers this major, recipients will be declared Management majors with an HR concentration.
  • Prior to consideration, undergraduate students will have taken MAN 3301 (Human Resource Management). For graduate students, an equivalent course will be required.
  • Annually, the Foundation will qualify candidates and seek the Donor's involvement in the final recommendation of recipient(s).
Conestoga Rovers & Associates Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

HSA Engineers & Scientists is the result of a merger of an environmental consulting firm, HSA Environmental, Inc., and a geotechnical engineering firm, Scott-Sims & Associates, Inc., in 1997.  HSA was founded on the proposition that each client has unique needs that require individual solutions, and that the right application will provide their clients with cost-effective solutions to their engineering issues.

  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to benefit FGCU Engineering students.
  • Recipients become eligible for this scholarship after matriculation as Environmental or Civil Engineering majors.
  • Recipients must be Florida residents of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee Counties in their junior or senior year of study.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Recipients will be awarded on an annual basis. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Julian Hudson Fund for Undergraduate Marine Studies (4)
  • Monies from the fund will be used solely to support a small grants program to defray expenses incurred by undergraduate students undertaking internships or research projects in marine studies.
  • Students enrolled in Marine Studies-related internships or directed research courses will be eligible to apply for small grants to accomplish the following:
  • To defray courses in acquiring specialized equipment or supplies necessary for projects not otherwise available through FGCU (such equipment and supplies will become property of FGCU); and/or
  • To defray travel expenses to project sites if such sites are more than 20 miles one-way from campus; and/or
  • To defray travel expenses to present a paper at scientific meetings in Florida on the results of marine studies research project conducted at FGCU.
  • Proposals developed by students for small grants under the fund will be submitted for review to an undergraduate Grants Committee consisting of the marine studies faculty member, at least one other Environmental Studies faculty member, and a senior student with a marine studies background (if available). In addition, Diane and/or Curtis Bostick will be invited to be present at committee meetings.
  • The Committee will develop a description of information required on the grant proposal and criteria for evaluating proposals. Such information will be shared with Diane Bostick in twice annual reports.
  • Support from the Fund will be acknowledged in all related publications and papers presented.
  • FGCU will provide the Hudson-Bostick family with financial and programmatic summaries on status of the Fund twice per year beginning in January 1998 until such time as the Fund is exhausted.
Muriel K. Hudson Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Muriel Kingsbury Hudson was born March 17, 1910 in North Leominster, Massachusetts. She attended the Training School for Nurses of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and later was a member of the staff as a nursing instructor.

In 1933, she married Gerald C. Hudson, an architecture student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They had two sons and two daughters.

The Hudsons moved to Fort Myers in 1946, and Muriel worked at Lee Memorial Hospital. She also taught classes for licensed practical nurses and nurses aides. She retired in 1962.

Muriel spent her retirement enjoying visits from her grandchildren, reading and sports.

Mrs. Hudson died in 1994 at the age of 83.

This scholarship was established by their son Gareth Hudson in memory of his mother.

Her son Gary Hudson's primary career was also at Lee Memorial from 1973-1997 where he rose to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He remembers that she said, from time to time, that she scrubbed with some of the big surgeons of the day. "She worked part-time at Lee Memorial until the early '60s as relief 3-11 Supervisor. Once I reached driving age, I got to use her Ford station wagon (for a night out with my buddies or for a date) and would pick her up after work, at the old emergency room enterance, between 11 and midnight." He also remembers "her washing, starching and ironing her uniforms in our home on the Caloosahatchee, and particulaily remember the distinctive Mass. General cap."

  • The recipients must be deserving students who demonstrate the high standards displayed by Mrs. Hudson throughout her lifetime;
  • The recipients must be studying in the field of nursing.
William J. and Lillian S. Hudson Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mr. William J. Hudson was orphaned when he was only six years old. He was taken in and raised by an aunt. He went on to attend the University of Texas, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He served in the US Navy during World War II, and made his career as a transportation economist. Mr. Hudson is deceased.

Mrs. Lillian S. Hudson grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and also attended the University of Texas. She received a Bachelor’s degree and became an elementary school teacher. She earned a Master’s degree in 1958 and taught high school English for many years.

The Hudsons established this scholarship fund in December 1997, to help young people with financial need receive a higher education.

  • The recipients must be seeking a degree in political science or education;
  • The recipients may be either undergraduates or graduates;
  • The recipients must demonstrate financial need;
  • The awards may be used for, but are not limited to, payment of tuition, room and board, books, supplies and other fees associated with this academic pursuit.
Idelson Family Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mr. Charles K. Idelson is a Chairman Emeritus of the FGCU Foundation. He is married to Mrs. Linda Idelson.

  • The recipients will have financial need as defined by the federal government;
  • The recipients will be residents of Lee County;
  • The cumulative grade point average of the recipients will be 3.0 or higher;
  • The recipients will be enrolled in the College of Business.
India Association of Fort Myers, Inc. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The India Association was formed in 1987. It is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to operate as a charitable and educational organization promoting the understanding and tolerance of people of Indian origin. They currently have a membership of over 175 people. Their yearly "India Fest" event attracts more then 3000 people each year.

  • Recipients will be First Generation students as defined by the Florida Department of Education's First Generation Matching Grant Program.
  • Preference will be given to students of South Asian or Asian Indian heritage and then to any other full-time students.
  • Proceeds from this fund will be matched through the Florida Department of Education's First Generation Matching Grant Program.
Johnson Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Even before Florida Gulf Coast University had a campus, Johnson Engineering was a proud supporter, helping to engineer the University's successful start.

In 2005, the company established the Johnson Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund, benefiting FGCU students who are dependents of Johnson Engineering employees or, if there are no eligible dependents, it can be awarded to someone majoring in civil or environmental engineering.

Established in 1946, Johnson Engineering is Southwest Florida's oldest full-service civil engineering firm.

  • Recipients will be employees or legal dependents of employees of Johnson Engineering, Inc. and subsidiaries.
  • Should no student meet this criterion, Johnson Engineering will be consulted and the criterion for selection then will be recipients enrolled in Civil/Environmental Engineering (first priority); Engineering Management (second priority); or Landscape Architecture/Urban Land Planning Certificate (third priority).
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis, and the recipients may receive the scholarship in successive years. However, no preference or penalty may be given for prior awards when considering more than one applicant.
Melissa C. Johnson Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Richard Ballo, husband of the late Melissa C. Johnson Ballo, partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University in 2004 to establish an endowed scholarship fund to support students seeking a nursing degree.

Melissa was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) working at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. Her work included, but was not limited to, tending to indwelling urinary catheters. During her 10 years nursing Melissa noticed problems with the procedure of using dressing retention tape and over time developed and patented an intuitive/cost effective product that solved the issues associated with proper Foley securement. She faced obstacles from many large medical companies and banks in launching her product to market, but she never gave up. Soon after these challenges Melissa found private investors and started her own company in 1980, called the M. C. Johnson Company, to market and sell the CATH-SECURE ® brand along with other products.

At the age of 35, married, and with two children Melissa was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and given 6 months to live. She fought the cancer and lived almost four years before finally passing away at age 38. In Melissa’s honor her husband Richard Ballo endowed a scholarship to help the nurses of tomorrow become successful, and to remember the creative thinking that Melissa had in pioneering the area of Foley securement.

The M.C. Johnson Company has been located in Florida since 1993 and is still in business today utilizing the same founding principles Melissa instilled in helping patients with comfortable products.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to degree-seeking residents of Lee or Collier County who have been accepted into the Nursing Program at Florida Gulf Coast University.
  • Preference will be given to students who have graduated from high schools in Lee or Collier County.
  • Preference also will be given to students who intend to practice in hospitals or nursing homes.
Kim and Ken Johnson Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Kimberly and Ken Johnson are avid travelers and divers who have explored the waters’ depths in locales such as Fiji, the Galapagos Islands, Palau and the Bahamas.  In an effort to support the next generation of marine scientists, the Naples couple established the Kim and Ken Johnson Scholarship Fund to be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in marine studies or marine biology.

“We have never had a disappointing experience in our adventures,” said Ken Johnson, adding that they have enjoyed seeing a wealth of sea life and that “no matter how common or rare, each creature is special.”

Kimberly Johnson, an FGCU Foundation board member, said, “We hope that this gift will encourage students to learn more about the diverse marine life on our planet and to pursue a career expanding our knowledge and teaching others to appreciate the underwater world that only relatively few of us are able personally to observe.

The Johnsons’ gift will benefit deserving marine science and marine studies students who are working on many of today’s critical environmental issues through academic programs and their applied learning opportunities, and are destined to become the next generation of environmental scientists, managers, policy makers and educators.

  • Qualified recipients will be undergraduate students majoring in Marine Science and/or graduate students in Marine Science. Students interested in careers in Marine Biology will also qualify.
  • Qualified recipients will have demonstrated academic merit.
  • Awards will not exceed the recipients' financial need.
  • Students who continue to qualify may be awarded the Kim and Ken Johnson Scholarship in successive years, up to a total of four years for undergraduate students and two years for graduate students. 
Nancy D. Kane Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the Scholarship Committee. This will include students who encounter emergency and unforeseen circumstances during any given year.
The Alan G. and Saundra R. Kaplan Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Scholarships will be awarded to full-time FGCU undergraduate, degree seeking students annually. Freshman will be considered. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Preference will be given to students whose cumulative grade point average is within the 2.5-3.0 range.
  • Preference will be given to students who are residents of Florida and who demonstrate financial need.
Dr. Melvyn J. Katzen Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients must be residents of Charlotte County.
  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • When able, recipients will establish like scholarships.
  • Recipients will have financial need and academic merit. Need may be determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Pop and Marj Kelly Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Marjorie H. Kelly was born in Concord, GA in 1908. She moved to West Palm Beach where she met E.E. "Pop" Kelly. They married in 1939 and moved to Clewiston, FL. They devoted their lives to running companies that supplied farm and construction equipment vital to coaxing the rich, mucky soil around Clewiston into crop-yielding farmland and vital to the paved roads being built in the early 1900's. "Pop" Kelly passed away in 1966 and Marjorie in 2007.

  • The recipients must have a real need for financial assistance.
  • The recipients must be good students, although not necessarily students with outstanding credentials.
  • The recipients must have graduated from a public high school in one of the following Florida counties: Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, or Palm Beach.
  • The FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Kelly Foundation Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Clewiston-based Kelly Foundation, Inc. established the Kelly Foundation Scholarship Fund, which will provide funding for deserving undergraduate students who otherwise could not afford a college education.

Kelly Foundation is associated with Miami-based Kelly Tractor, which has dealerships in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. Kelly Tractor President Pat Kelly said the scholarship endowment is a way for his family to give back to the Fort Myers community, and benefit FGCU students for years to come.

Kelly Foundation was established in 1958 by the Kelly family to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in Southwest Florida, and to provide money for other charitable organizations. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 350 scholarships to Florida university students. The scholarships are available to all undergraduate students who are residents of the State of Florida.

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipient will be residents of the State of Florida.
Charles H. and Helen M. Ketteman STEM Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Charles and Helen Ketteman are firm believers in the transformative power of education.  The Sanibel couple created an endowed scholarship fund to assist students wishing to pursue degrees in STEM.

The Charles H. and Helen M. Ketteman STEM Scholarship Endowed Fund will benefit students with financial need who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.

“I was interested in helping with STEM programs,” said Charles Ketteman.  “My wife is interested in students who need financial help.  There are so many kids who can’t participate because they lack the funds.  We wanted to help and think the University is doing a great job at assisting these students in getting the resources they need to change their lives.”

STEM education is vitally important and this gift helps make it accessible to students who might otherwise be unable to realize their dreams of a college and education and successful career.

Born in 7/1945, Charles H. Ketteman served as global managing partner of Andersen Business Consulting from 1991 to 2000. He specialized in management consulting services to the telecommunications industry. He is credited with building Arthur Andersen's Business Consulting Practice to a workforce of more than 10,000 consultants worldwide and revenue of $1.7 billion in 2000, as well as driving the practice into e-business consulting. He joined Arthur Andersen as an audit partner in 1968. From 2000 to 2001, Ketteman served as CEO of SiteRock Corp., a provider of IT monitoring and management services. Since 2002 he has served as an advisor to West Monroe Partners, a consulting and professional services firm based in Chicago.

Ketteman is co-author of Best Practices, Building Your Business with Customer Focused Solutions. He has been a featured speaker at universities and business seminars around the world. He currently serves on the board of LabVolt Systems, Inc., Sanctuary Golf Club, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, and The Naples Trust Company. He is a member of the Past Presidents Council for the Bellevue Schools Foundation in Bellevue, Washington. He is former president of the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater and BIG ARTS in Sanibel.

He and his wife, Helen, have two sons (a biotechnologist, the other an archaeologist). They previously resided in Dallas and Seattle. Mrs. Ketteman is the author of nineteen picture books (www.helenketteman.com). She is a former teacher at the high school and elementary levels. She also taught a continuing education class in writing picture books at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has been a speaker at conferences on writing picture books and has appeared at young author conferences and on radio and television talk shows. She is a frequent speaker at elementary schools. Mrs. Ketteman received her A.A. degree from Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia and B.A. degree in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

  • The recipient will be majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) area.
  • Recipients will have financial need, as defined by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Recipients will be US Citizens.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify and make good progress toward their degrees may be awarded the Charles H. and Helen M. Ketteman STEM Scholarship Endowed Fund in successive years.  
Mabel and Arnold Keys Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Born in Punta Gorda in 1912, Mabel R. Keys attended Halton (now Tampa) Business College at a time when very few women chose to enter that male-dominated world. But personal representative Donald Ashley remembers that Ms. Keys was ahead of her time, "For a woman to go to business school at that time was quite a feat."

She found her greatest joys in the people around her. Lifetime friend Jane Watson says, "Ms. Keys was a great lady and a very caring person. She wanted everyone to have an education." Thanks to her vision and generosity, generations of students will have the chance to pioneer new intellectual frontiers and perhaps become trailblazers themselves.

  • The recipients will be residents of Charlotte County, Florida.
  • The FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral Scholarship Fund (4)
 

The Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation is a 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

  • The recipients must be non-traditional students;
  • The recipients must have financial need;
  • The recipients must be residents of Cape Coral;
  • The Scholarship Selection Committee will recommend scholarship candidates to Kiwanis.
Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation Endowment Fund (3)
  • Recipients will non-traditional students
  • Recipients will be from Cape Coral, FL
  • Recipients will have financial need
Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Lehigh Acres chapter of the Kiwanis Club was established in 1968. It is one of the area's oldest civic organizations.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking student-athletes enrolled at FGCU;
  • Preference will be given to students from Lehigh Acres, Florida; 
  • The Donor may participate in the final selection process if desired.
Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Lehigh Acres chapter of the Kiwanis Club was established in 1968. It is one of the area's oldest civic organizations.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship applicaiton and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipients will reside in Lehigh Acres.
  • The Donor's preference is that the recipients will have participated in Key Club activities while in high school.
  • The Scholarship Selection Committee will recommend scholarship candidates to Kiwanis.
  • This scholarship is intended to assist with tuition and books, if necessary.
Klein Family Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Viola Odenheimer (3)
 

Dr. David M. Klein is married to Mrs. Stephanie Klein. They reside in Punta Gorda, FL. Their family scholarship was provided by the estate of Ms. Viola Odenheimer, a woman for whom Dr. Klein's father worked as a financial manager.

  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipient;
  • Recipient may be an undergraduate or graduate level student;
  • The recipients must be residents of Charlotte County;
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in the College of Health Professions.
Charlie Kleman Scholarship Fund (3)
 

For almost two decades, Charlie Kleman played a pivotal role at Chico's FAS, helping the little Sanibel-based family business expand into a national company with three brands and more than a thousand stores.

When he retired from the company, it was a fitting tribute that Chico's established a scholarship endowed fund at Florida Gulf Coast Universtity in his honor.

Awards from the Charlie Kleman Scholarship Fund will go to degree-seeking undergraduates who graduated from a Lee County school or college, who are majoring in accounting, finance or business, have demonstrated community service and are in good standing academically.

  • Scholarships will be used to support degree-seeking FGCU students who have financial need.
  • Recipient(s)will be undergraduate students who have graduated from a Lee County school or college.
  • Recipient(s) will be majoring in Accounting, Finance, or Business.
  • Recipient(s) must demonstrate community service as required by FGCU.
  • Recipient(s) will not be on academic probation or warning.
James F. and Lynn E. Knupp Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

James F. Knupp founded the Chicago-based firm Ennis, Knupp, & Associates in 1981. Ennis, Knupp was a privately held investment consulting firm advising institutional investors with assets of over $1 trillion. Mr. Knupp served on the board of directors until the sale of the firm in 2010.

Mr. Knupp is a member of the FGCU Foundation's board of directors. He and his wife Lynn reside in Naples, FL.

  • Recipient will be female.
  • Recipient will have demonstrated records of leadership.
  • Recipient will have financial need, as determined by the Scholarship Committee.
John K. and Bella E. Kontinos Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • The recipients will have a desire to pursue a degree in higher education;
  • The recipients will be traditional students;
  • The recipients will be from Lee County;
  • The recipients will have financial need.
Marilyn Bower Korest Music Therapy Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

This scholarship is a fitting testament to the memory of the Naples woman who loved music and education. To ensure that young people who shared that love would have a place to immerse themselves in both, she and her husband, Alan, donated $2.5 million to help found the Bower School of Music, which they named for her father. Marilyn Korest died Aug. 10, 2010, in Grand Rapids, Mich., following complications from heart surgery. She was 79. Born in Detroit, she was the only daughter of Edwin and Ruth Bower, who were long-time Naples residents and philanthropists as well. She grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich., attending Grosse Pointe High School and Michigan State University. She went on to attend Boston University, where she earned a master’s degree in special education. The Korests moved to Naples from Rockford, Mich. in 1983, becoming year-round residents. Marilyn Korest loved her new community and quickly became involved in local organizations such as the Philharmonic League, the Golden Apple selection committee and the Forum Club board. She also served as president of the Moorings Property Owners Association. Her other major passion was traveling, particularly to Africa, which she visited many times. Music education and music therapy were two of her special interests. In 2006, when the University established the Bower School of Music she expressed the hope that FGCU would one day develop a music therapy degree. “It has become a very popular and beneficial treatment for all kinds of people,” she said at the time. “It’s been shown to have really great results with people with dementia,” among others. She took great joy in participating in the groundbreaking of the Bower School of Music’s music education and performance building in 2009. She died just two weeks before it opened. At her passing in 2010, family and friends established this music therapy scholarship, ensuring her legacy as FGCU's champion of Music Therapy.

  • Recipients will be degree seeking students majoring in Music Therapy.
  • Scholarship awards are to be made on an annual basis, and students may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Kunkle Family Scholarship Endowed Fund in honor of Jay Kunkle (3)
 

Angela Kunkle and her husband are lifetime members of the FGCU Alumni Association. Angela serves as the current chair of the Alumni Board of Directors.  She is a 2004 graduate of FGCU with a major in communications. She is working on her masters of student affairs at NOVA. Angela is a former staff member of FGCU—she worked in the student involvement office. She is currently the Assistant Director of Student Life at Edison State College.

Andy is a 2002 FGCU graduate with a degree in computer information systems. He is the current IT manager at Algenol. Andy’s father was a biology teacher. They are establishing the scholarship in his honor and it will help FGCU students studying biology, secondary biology education, marine science or environmental studies.

  • The recipient will be an upper level student that has demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Recipient will be majoring in biology, secondary biology education, marine science, or environmental studies.
  • Each year the Scholarship Committee will forward a list of qualified applicants to the donor for final recommendation of the recipient(s). 
Edward T. and Esther W. Kuss Scholarship Fund (3)
 

During their lives, Ed and Esther Kuss devoted much of their time and energy to making the world a better place.

The couple moved from Detroit to Fort Myers in the 1960s, quickly becoming active members of their adoptive community. Ed Kuss lobbied vigorously for a local Veterans Administration clinic at a time when veterans had to travel to St. Petersburg for care. Once the Fort Myers clinic opened, the couple volunteered in the pharmacy, helping the staff handle the huge workload. A former World War II infantry sergeant, Ed Kuss also served as the legislative officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and as a public relations spokesman for the American Heart Association.

The Fort Myers couple also ensured that their good works would continue long after they were gone by remembering Florida Gulf Coast University in their wills. An estate gift created the Edward T. and Esther W. Kuss Endowed Scholarship Fund. Income produced by the fund will provide tuition and books for FGCU students who demonstrate academic excellence and economic need. The couple believed that educating young people contributes to the well-being of everyone.

Ed Kuss died in March 2002, and Esther passed away in April 2004.

  • Proceeds will be used to pay for tuition and books for students enrolled at FGCU based on economic need and academic performance as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
Laboda Family Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered when making this award.
  • Recipients will have graduated from a high school in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, or Hendry County.
Lambros Family Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Alex S. Lambros is a Partner with his wife of a LPL Financial office at 6491 Winkler Rd., Ft. Myers, Florida since 1995. Prior to that he opened and managed the Cape Coral office for EF Hutton & Co. for ten years. He has been in the investment securities business for 40 years. His Securities registrations include Registered Principal, Registered Options Principal, and Registered Commodities Principal.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Aerospace Engineering from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. Alex started his career as a design engineer in the Aerospace Division of Emerson Electric, a defense contractor. Although he had an occupational deferment from the draft, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1969. After graduating from the Marine Officer Candidate School program, he was stationed at various Marine Aircraft Wing bases in Southeast Asia. Following his return stateside, Alex taught Aviation Physics and Hyperbolic Navigation to Naval and Marine Aviators at NAS Pensacola and the Naval Air Technical Training Center, NAS Memphis. He was discharged as a Captain.

Alex has served on the Ft. Myers Kiwanis Club Board, the Cape Coral Rotary Club and Cape Coral Rotary Foundation Boards, the Cape Coral Community Foundation Board, the American Lung Association of SW Florida Board and the Town & River Civic Association Board. He has also served on a Lee County Local Rules Review Committee and is presently the Chairman of a Lee County Municipal Service or Taxing Benefit Unit Committee. In addition, he has served on the FGCU Finance Department Advisory Council and the FGCU Planned Giving Advisory Committee.

He has four children and resides in Ft. Myers with his wife Jacqueline.

  • Recipients will be undergraduates majoring in Engineering;
  • The recipients' general behavior and dress must be acceptable in traditional society.
Sanford Lawton, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund (1)
  • The recipients must be Fort Myers students;
  • The scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of need.
Silver Anniversary/Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. Scholarship Fund (2)
 

LCEC is a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving a five county area in Southwest Florida. They are one of the largest employers in Lee County with more than 350 employees. They are also one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation with more than 6,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines.

  • Recipient(s) must be students living in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, or Hendry county.
  • Recipient(s) must be majoring in business administration (all areas), technical studies, secretarial science, or other related fields.
Lee Memorial Health System Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Lee Memorial Health Care System was established in 1916. Their mission is to continue to meet the health care needs and improve the health status of the people of Southwest Florida.

  • The recipients will be FGCU students who are employees or volunteers of Lee Memorial Health System or relatives of employees or volunteers.
Sheryl and Donald A. Lesch Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Donald "Chip" Lesch is Co-Chairman of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. Formerly he served as Chairman of Indiana Federal Bank and Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Banks in Michigan. He is the founder and managing partner of Gough and Lesch Inc., a leading real estate management, investment, and development company headquartered in Indiana. Mr. Lesch earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Mr. Lesch has received numerous commendations for his civic, charitable and corporate board service, including the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's highest civic honor. 

Residents of Sanibel, he and Sheryl support the mission of J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refusge, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), and Sanibel-Captiva Land and Wildlife Conservation (SCCF).

  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to support FGCU students who are majoring in environmental studies or environmental science.
  • Recipients may be graduate, or undergraduate students.
  • Preference will be given to employees or family members or legal wards of employees of J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), or Sanibel-Captiva Land and Wildlife Conservation (SCCF).
  • This scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Elaine P. and W. Bernard Lester Scholarship Fund (3)
 

FGCU Trustee W. Bernard Lester and his wife Elaine have established an endowed fund that will benefit University students in the form of scholarships and University-sanctioned travel for those enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business. This scholarship will allow students to travel for such purposes as presenting papers at conferences, taking courses at partnering institutions and internships.

Dr. Lester is the retired CEO of Alico, Inc. and established this scholarship fund in 2006.

  • Fifty percent of the annual proceeds will be awarded as unrestricted scholarships. The Foundation will administer these awards. [Recipient will be a student-athlete.]
  • The remaining fifty percent will be awarded by the College of Business to degree-seeking students in need of financial assistance for University-sanctioned travel. Acceptable travel may include, but is not limited to, the presentation of papers at conferences, course work at partnering institutions, or internships. [FGCU Foundation will notify the COB with the available funds.]
Dr. Erich Liebert Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Bernice Liebert Bongiorno died in March 2008 at age 92. Her first husband, noted neuropsychiatrist Erich Liebert, died in 1960. She left a bequest that established the Dr. Edward Liebert Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The couples' daughter, Pamela Liebert, a Bonita Springs resident, says of her parents, "He was the love of her life and she wanted to make a gift that would honor him. She knew he loved teaching and thought this was a good way to accomplish that."

Dr. Liebert held a professorship at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, ran a medical practice in Chicago and conducted a great deal of research in the area of psychiatric illness. He was also the clinical director of Elgin State Hospital and was a fellow in the American Academy of Neurology.

The couple lived in Elgin, Illinois for many years, spending part of each winter on Fort Myers Beach as far back as the 1950s.

  • Recipients will be full-time students who are classified as need-based.
  • Recipients will be studying Fine Arts, preferably Music.
  • Recipients will demonstrate service to the community as required by Florida Gulf Coast University.
M. William and Marilyn Lightner Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • Qualified recipients will be upperclassmen majoring in Accounting at the University.
Veora and John R. Little Alumni Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Dr. John R. Little was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is married to Veora M. Little. Dr. Little received his M.D. degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 and his M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974. Upon completion of his training, he joined the neurosurgery faculty of the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. A Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) and the American College of Surgeons, he served as Director of the Neurosurgery Training Program and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland.

The author of more than 150 articles and chapters, focusing primarily on stroke and cerebrovascular surgery, he was the Editor of Clinical Neurosurgery and a member of the editorial board of the journals Stroke and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Little opened a neurosurgery practice in Naples in 1990. During the 10 years he spent in private practice, he served a term as President of the Collier County Medical Society.

In 2003, Little earned an Executive MBA from FGCU; his son Colin received a bachelor's degree from this University the same year.

John and Veora Little have been supporters of the University for several years. They sponsor a scholarship and Dr. Little was the first alumnus to make a deferred gift to FGCU.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to academically talented, degree-seeking students majoring in a health care field and who have demonstrated financial need.
  • To remain eligible, the scholarship recipients will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while attending FGCU.
Lodge Construction Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Lodge Construction was established in 1988. They attribute their success to their promise to grow long-term relationships based on respect, integrity, dedication and an unwavering work ethic, with their clients, employees, subcontractors and vendors and with the community they serve.

Grateful for the success that their company has enjoyed, founders President Cabot Lodge Dunn and Vice President Michael Dunn established the Lodge Contruction Scholarship Endowed Fund at Florida Gulf Coast University, to help students who might otherwise be unable to afford a college education. The fund will provide up to six scholarships a year, in perpetuity.

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking students who are dependent children or grandchildren of employees of Lodge Construction, Inc.;
  • Recipients may be either undergraduate or graduate students;
  • Recipients must have a current grade point average of 3.2 or higher;  Recipients will be deserving and need-based as determined by the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Professor and Mrs. E. L. Lord Endowed Scholarship Fund - Given by Richard W. and Esther A. Shaughnessy (1)
  • The awards are to help cover the costs of tuition and books in natural sciences;
  • The recipients should be planning to teach in the natural sciences;
  • The awards should be made to the best students available from Lee County;
  • The awards should be determined by a combination of academic potential and financial need.
Dorothea Low Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of George E. Low (3)
 

­­­Mrs. Low lived in New Jersey most of her life, and moved to Naples with her husband in 1989. They had been married for 66 years when he died in 1996. She has two sons, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Her third (and youngest) son died in 1979.

This scholarship was given in memory of her husband George. He graduated from Dartmouth College and later went on to become an executive in a large business firm.

Mrs. Low decided she wanted to support the University after reading an article in the newspaper and hearing President McTarnaghan speak.

  • Recipients must be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will have demonstrated their desire to earn an education by working and saving money toward these expenses.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
David and Linda Lucas Scholarship (3)
  • • FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipients.
Lund Family Foundation Scholarship Fund (3)
 

John and Georgia DallePezze understand that access to education can change lives.  This is what motivated them to establish a scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

“Georgia and I are big supporters of education.  We think it’s an important issue for our country, for everyone,” said John DallePezze, who was a first generation student who earn3ed an engineering degree and an MBA, then went on to become a successful businessman before retiring.

The couple, who live in Naples, created the DallePezze Scholarship which will award a minimum of $6,000 a year to FGCU students.  They had previously donated to FGCU and, as a result, were invited to the annual President’s Scholarship Luncheon at which donors and scholarship recipients get to know one another.  Their experience at the event made them want to give more. 

“We had the good fortune of sitting with half a dozen students and came away very impressed,” John DallePezze said.

The scholarship may be awarded to any degree-seeking student that university officials deem deserving, he said.  He particularly likes the First Generation Scholarship program, through which the State of Florida matches gifts from individuals, doubling the amount available for students who are the first in their families to attend college. 

The DallePezze Scholarship is custom-designed to test the viability of a new fund type at the Foundation in hopes of maximizing donor dollars and scholarships to students.

  • Recipient will be a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education.
  • Recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the award period.
  • Recipient will have a high potential for entering and remaining in Early Childhood Education and make a commitment to teach at the Early Childhood level one year for each year of the scholarship support.
  • Recipient must be enrolled full-time.
  • The University will present a list of qualified candidates to the Dean of the College of Education for faculty recommendations.
  • Scholarship recipients who continue to qualify may be awarded the Lund Family Scholarship in successive years.
Raymond L. Lutgert Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Raymond Lutgert was from Chicago, IL. He founded Lutgert Companies in the mid 1960's and began developing beachfront property. He and his son forged a multitude of beachfront and waterfront luxury condos as well as other residential and commercial ventures.

Mr. Lutgert, well-known as a Southwest Florida developer and philanthropist, said, "Southwest Florida is greatly enhanced by the presence of Florida Gulf Coast University and its dynamic College of Business. My wife, Beverly, and I recognize the great value of this higher education asset and we are pleased to provide a gift that will support and enhance FGCU's critical leadership in our region's business and economic growth."

  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students in good standing in the Lutgert College of Business.
Anonymous Scholarship (3)
  • Recipients will be majoring in accounting in the Lutgert School of Business.
  • The scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Scott Howard Malnak Memorial Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Scott Howard Malnak was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on July 4, 1959 while his father was assigned there as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps. He grew up in Chicagoland and, after attending Beloit College in southern Wisconsin, became a trader at the Mid-Am Exchange in Chicago. He traded commodities, mostly pork-belly and soy bean futures.

Scott developed a seizure disorder as an adult, apparently related to a childhood head injury. He died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 27, 1989. The cause of death was determined to be “Sudden Death due to Epilepsy”.

Scott loved the fireworks and partying that went on each year on his birthday. Scott was a warm, kind, and generous person who enjoyed playing baseball and soccer. He taught these sports to children whenever the opportunity presented itself. He was adventurous and loved parasailing, water skiing, and sky diving.

He left behind a lovely young woman, Laurie, to whom he was almost engaged, as well as two sisters, Nancy and Wendy, a brother Peter, his mother Tillie Malnak-Miller, his father Allen Malnak, M.D. and his stepmother Patricia Malnak.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipient(s) will be residents of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County.
  • Recipient(s) will maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Preference is to award the scholarship to students enrolled in the College of Business.
  • Awards are to be used for tuition, books, supplies, and equipment (excluding computers).
Donald and Elizabeth Manchester Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Donald and Elizabeth met in 1939 at the Community Church Sunday Night Young Peoples’ Club in Snyder, NY, and were married before WWII.

While Elizabeth cared for sons David and Laurence and daughter Kathleen, Donald worked in the musical instrument sales industry, as Sales Manager of the Wurlitzer Co., Chicago Musical Instruments and Baldwin Piano Co. The Manchester’s sent their children to Dartmouth, MIT, Harvard and Christian College.

A friend once advised Donald to purchase tax-free bonds, which he did and they were eventually able to retire in 1971 when they moved to Southwest Florida.

Elizabeth painted for several years, while Donald, forever the salesman, seized the opportunity two years later to sell land and develop properties on Sanibel Island and Boca Grande.

One day Elizabeth said to Donald, “Let’s leave some money to send needy and capable kids to college.” A day later he agreed, recognizing that his children were not in need of an inheritance and remembering his own financial struggles when he was attending the University of Michigan.

Donald offered these words of wisdom to FGCU students, "There’s a difference between success and failure.  The bridge is education."

Elizabeth passed away on March 17, 2005. Donald passed away on May 14, 2006. 

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking students who have financial need.
  • Recipients will have graduated from a high school in SW Florida and be living in the area.
  • Recipients should have graduated from high school with a B average or better. The recipients need not maintain a B average, but must continue to meet the University's academic criteria for eligibility. The University can grant scholarships to students with a C average, if the University feels the students are academically qualified and it is the requirements of work, family, or personal hardship or other similar circumstances that kept the students from doing better.
  • Recipients may be male or female and must speak, read, and understand the English language.
  • Awards may not be used as athletic scholarships.
  • Recipients need not come to the University directly from high school.
  • The scholarships may be awarded for tuition and/or room and board.
  • These are undergraduate scholarships and can support the student throughout their entire undergraduate career, but should not be used for graduate school.
  • Recipients will be told that the source of their award is the "Donald and Elizabeth Manchester Scholarship Fund".
  • The FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipients.
Manhattan Construction, Inc. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Eight years after arriving in Naples, Florida, George F. Kraft opened George F. Kraft Co. He quickly gained a reputation as a builder that provided high quality craftsmanship and that had a philosophy of getting things done right the first time. When Mr. Kraft died in 1974 the company was successfully lead by his protege  Robert L. Carsello. Since then the company has continued to grow. In 2008 Kraft Construction merged with Manhattan Construction Group. Together they are now known as Manhattan Kraft Construction, Inc.

  • Recipient may be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Academic merit will be considered when making this award.
  • Recipient(s) must maintain a grade point average of 3.0.
  • Preference will be given to children and grandchildren of Manhattan employees.
  • Full consideration should be given to those students who are working to the best of their ability even under less than ideal life circumstances.
  • The values of hard work, perseverance, and the ability to achieve goals also are important elements in determining who should receive this award.
  • Further, the selection committee should consider the student's desire to achieve higher education.
  • In the event that there are no qualified applicants, the income will accrue and accumulate for a future period when there is an award made.
Elissa D. Manna Fund for Mechanical Engineering - In Memory of Anthony F. Manna (6)
 

Anthony Manna was born in Italy. He came to the United States in 1921. After graduating high school, he went on to study at Ohio University. He was forced to drop out and go to work due to the Great Depression. He went to work for different engineering firms as he continued his education in the evenings. After a few years he got his license as a mechanical engineer, and then went on to get licensed in Minnesota and Florida as well. He continued to work for different engineering firms throughout Ohio. 

After a successful career, he, his wife and daughter moved to North Fort Myers. He died in April 2008. Elissa Manna retired after 30 years with the Lee county Tax Collector's Office. She urges recipients not to fear hard work and "in the engineering field, do not be afraid to think outside the box."

  • Recipients will be undergraduates majoring in Mechanical Engineering (or other Engineering tracks should Mechanical not exist as a discipline).
  • When possible, preference will be given to students who are passionate about the subject but cannot afford the cost of higher education.
  • Proceeds may be awarded to students to cover the cost of materials or other expenses of projects undertaken for course credit.
Tom Manring Scholarship (4)
 

Thomas Wayne Manring was born in Muncie Indiana August 9th, 1943.  He picked up the sport of tennis later in life as a teenager and got hooked immediately.  He would play with anyone no matter their sex, age or ability level.  He brought this vigor with him to college where he played at Bowling Green University and received his degree in elementary education.  Immediately after college he worked as a physical education teacher and soon thereafter became principal of Lincoln Elementary in Middletown, OH. 

Tom Manring was an educator at heart.  Tennis was his passion.  The Tom Manring Foundation will carry on his name and spirit through these two mediums.  Tyler Manring stated, "I cannot think of more appropriate way to honor a man that touched so many people.  We will forever miss his youthful smile, kind hearted nature and vibrant spirit that influenced us all."

 

  • Qualified candidates will meet the following criteria:  a member of the FGCU Tennis Team; GPA of 3.0 or higher; and a commitment to community service.
  • Consideration to a qualified local candidate is a priority, but not mandatory.
  • The FGCU Men’s Tennis coach will recommend candidates for the Manring family’s consideration.
  • The Donor will determine the value of the award following the Calcutta event (held annually in February) and present the Foundation with the gift soon after. 
  • The Donor requests the FGCU Men’s Tennis Coach and the recipient attend the winter event in the year of the following award to thank the participants. 
Marco Island Shell Club Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Marco Island Shell Club is a non-profit organization for shell enthusiasts of all levels. Their season runs from November through April each year.

The club's mission is to promote shell related interests such as collecting, crafting and art.

  • Recipient(s) will be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
  • Recipients will be majoring in Marine Science, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Science.
  • Recipients will meet all criteria of the University Scholarship Program.
  • If all candidates are equally qualified, and one is a resident of Marco Island, preference shall be given to that candidate.
  • The University shall screen applicants for those meeting the above criteria. The top three candidates shall be referred to the Donor for final screening by Donor's Scholarship and Grants Committee. The Committee will recommend the candidate to the Donor's Board of Directors for approval, after which the Committee Chair shall notify the University. The Donor's decision shall be final and without appeal.
  • Marco Island Shell Club Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and students may recieve them in successive years.
Marco Island Shell Club Competitive Research Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Marco Island Shell Club is a non-profit organization for shell enthusiasts of all levels. Their season runs from November through April each year.

The club's mission is to promote shell related interests such as collecting, crafting and art.

  • Every spring, faculty of Environmental Studies and/or Environmental Sciences will identify the scholarship candidates who are conducting research on Mollusca or issues related to the waters in and around Collier County. The candidates will be students majoring in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science with a focus in Marine Studies.
  • Selected candidates will be asked to submit research proposals.  After evaluating these proposals, the faculty members will determine the most appropriate recipients for the scholarships.
  • Prior to the scholarship being awarded, the selected recipients must also meet the criteria of the University Scholarship Program.
Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Dr. Elaine Nicpon Marieb is an internationally known author and co-author of numerous college science textbooks used by thousands of institutions around the world. “I have been unbelievably successful as a college science textbook author. Many people have helped me along the way and I figured that it was time for me to pay it forward in a significant way. My education gave me the faith I have in myself, and I would love to help instill that faith in some of Florida’s college students. “FGCU fits the bill for my gifting in several ways. It is actively growing, forward-looking in its curricula, and its new health professions facility is breathtaking in design, excellent and extensive simulation facilities, and up-to-date laboratory equipment. I am delighted to be part of the FGCU family,” stated Dr. Marieb when the gift was announced to the public in January 2012. Dr. Marieb began her career at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she taught anatomy and physiology. She joined the faculty of the Biological Science Division of Holyoke Community College in 1969 after receiving her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While continuing to teach full time, Dr. Marieb pursued her nursing education, which culminated in a Master of Science with a clinical specialization in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts. In 1994, Dr. Marieb received the Benefactor Award from the National Council for Resource Development, American Association of Community Colleges, which recognizes her ongoing sponsorship of student scholarships, faculty teaching awards and other academic contributions to Holyoke Community College. In May 2000, the science building at Holyoke was named in her honor. When this scholarship gift was made, Dr. Marieb also committed to another gift in support of the health professions’ programs at FGCU. So significant were these gifts, that the academic building for health professions was named for her. Marieb Hall will forever remind the campus and community what an amazing educator, scholar and person Dr. Marieb is to the College of Health Professions and to the University.

  • Recipients will be nontraditional students who have interrupted their education for three or more years prior to entering the University;
  • Recipients will have successfully completed no less than nine credits from the University with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher;  A grade point average of 3.0 is required for those applicants who have earned 18 or more credits at the time they apply;
  • Recipients must plan to enroll in no fewer than nine credits during the period covered by the award;
  • Recipients must have financial need as determined by the Foundation Scholarship Committee;
  • Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement and career potential;
  • Preference will be given to students in the order of the above criteria;
  • Information about qualifying candidates (student applications, GPAs and faculty input) will be forwarded to the Donor for the final selection of recipients. 
Paul J. Marinelli Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Academics and Leadership (3)
 

Mr. Marinelli was the president and CEO of Barron Collier Companies. He was born in New York and graduated from Fordham University. He started working at Barron Collier Companies in 1986 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1992. In 1997 he was promoted to president and CEO. He was known for creating business partnerships and achieving the company's goals.

  • Qualified candidates will be degree-seeking students enrolled in the MBA program.
  • Recipient(s) will have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater.
  • Recipient(s) will be from Collier or Lee County.
  • Recipient(s) will be well-rounded with demonstrated leadership ability, and be employed full-time.
Roger and Nancy McCabe Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipient(s) of the scholarship generated from this fund will be First Generation students as defined by the Florida Department of Education's First Generation Matching Grant Program. Should the Florida Department of Education eliminate this matching gift program in the future, the below criteria for recipient selection will continue:
  • Recipient(s) must meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are requested.
  • Recipient(s) must not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program.
  • Recipient(s) must not be in default on any Federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Recipient(s) must not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipient(s) must be a First Generation college student. A student is considered "First Generation" if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student would also be eligible if s/he regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipient(s) must be accepted at the University.
  • Recipient(s) must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Recipient(s) must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Andrew McGillen Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Proceeds from this endowment will be used to benefit students enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program within the Resort & Hospitality Management Program at the University;
  • Deserving students must be from areas outside of the State of Florida and have a 3.0 GPA or better;
  • They must have career aspirations of becoming a Golf Professional;
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis, and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Steve and Connie McIntosh Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Dr. McIntosh is President of Tartan Consulting and Founding Partner/CEO of The Southern Leadership Institute. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University. He has served as President of the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, Vice Chairman of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA Board of Directors.

He and his wife Connie have lived Southwest Florida for many years.  

  • Recipient must be enrolled full time in the Lutgert College of Business.
  • Recipients will be first generation students. Students are considered "First Generation" if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. Students would also be eligible if they regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients must also meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are required. Student's residency status is determined by the post secondary institution.
  • Recipients will not owe re-payment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program.
  • Recipients will not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to re-pay have been made.
  • Recipients will not have previously earned a baccalaureate degree.
  • Recipients will have been accepted to the University.
  • Recipients will be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours per term as degree seeking undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
McRose Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be full-time, degree-seeking students enrolled at the University.
  • Recipients will be classified as First Generation college students and must maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  • In the event that the above First Generation Criterion cannot be met, the following GPA criterion should be applied: Recipient must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students who continue to qualify may receive the McRose Scholarship in successive years.
Meftah Scholarship Foundation Fund (3)
 

Dr. Michael Meftah and his wife Patricia decided in 1985 to form a foundation to honor his late brother's love of education and philosophy of life. His brother was a university professor with several doctoral degrees.

Throughout their lives, both brothers rejected the concept of any Racial, National, Religious, Ethnic, Social or Financial superiority among people. Instead, they strongly believed in "Superiority of Individuals" based only on each individual's education, personal intelligence, strength of character, effort and accomplishments.

Meftah Scholarship Foundation was originally formed in Columbus, Ohio educating many needy students taking undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Michael Meftah immigrated to the United States in 1954 in order to advance his surgical training. Consequently, the Scholarship Foundation was originally open to immigrants and refugee students.

Upon Dr. Meftah's retirement, the Scholarship Foundation was transferred to Naples, Florida and was renamed The Meftah Foundation. Presently and for future years, Meftah Foundation shall continue to support undergraduate and graduate students in addition to other social and community projects.

  • Recipients will have financial need.
  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
Meftah Foundation Fund (3)
 

Dr. Michael Meftah and his wife Patricia decided in 1985 to form a foundation to honor his late brother's love of education and philosophy of life. His brother was a university professor with several doctoral degrees.

Throughout their lives, both brothers rejected the concept of any Racial, National, Religious, Ethnic, Social or Financial superiority among people. Instead, they strongly believed in "Superiority of Individuals" based only on each individual's education, personal intelligence, strength of character, effort and accomplishments.

Meftah Scholarship Foundation was originally formed in Columbus, Ohio educating many needy students taking undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Michael Meftah immigrated to the United States in 1954 in order to advance his surgical training. Consequently, the Scholarship Foundation was originally open to immigrants and refugee students.

Upon Dr. Meftah's retirement, the Scholarship Foundation was transferred to Naples, Florida and was renamed The Meftah Foundation. Presently and for future years, Meftah Foundation shall continue to support undergraduate and graduate students in addition to other social and community projects.

  • Recipients will have financial need.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
  • Recipients will be residents of Florida.
  • Recipients will maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA.
  • Recipients will demonstrate community service as required by FGCU.
Edward R. Melton Scholarship Fund (1)
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
William C. and Debra L. Merwin Scholarship Fund for Leadership Development (3)
 

President Bill Merwin was Florida Gulf Coast University's second president, selected by the Board of Regents in 1999, and retiring in 2007. His leadership in developing the young state university that opened in 1997 cannot be overstated, and countless FGCU programs and buildings carry his legacy.

During the years of Dr. Merwin's presidency, Florida Gulf Coast University saw growth in enrollment from 3,284 to 8,309 students; the percentage of students attending full time from 46% to 73%; the annual operating budget from $52 million to $110 million, and the number of campus buildings from 24 to 71. While he was president of FGCU, $175 million in private gifts and donations was raised for support of every University aspect from academics to students to athletics to campus buildings. President Merwin also is credited with growing student housing on campus, taking the intercollegiate athletics program from its infancy to NCAA Division I, and adding many new degree programs including engineering and music. 

“Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 is light years ahead of where it would be today without the leadership of Bill Merwin,” said Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson G. Bradshaw. “Bill served as president of FGCU during a time of unparalleled growth and development, and he will be fondly remembered as a dynamic leader whose vision and many accomplishments significantly advanced our university. 

“His unwavering belief in the power of education was at the core of his contagious enthusiasm for FGCU, and he was greatly admired by students, faculty, staff, donors, elected officials, and community friends,” said President Bradshaw. “We are profoundly saddened by his passing, and also extremely proud of his legacy that always will be a part of Florida Gulf Coast University.”

Prior to Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Merwin held three university presidencies: Salisbury State University (1997 – 1999), State University of New York – Pottsdam (1989 – 1997), and Montana State University (1985 – 1989). Dr. Merwin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, which in 2000 awarded him its highest honor as recipient of the Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Following a Fulbright Scholarship in Japan in 1966, he earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1971. Dr. Merwin was a member of the faculty in the early years of University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and later advanced there to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

  • The recipients must be degree-seeking freshmen.
  • The recipients must be residents of the FGCU five-county service area (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties).
  • The recipients will possess a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • The recipients will possess leadership potential as demonstrated by participation in student government and/or other types of like activities.
  • These scholarship awards may be combined with athletics scholarships.
Miromar Endowed Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Miromar Development is a real estate development company which holds a portfolio of residential and commercial properties in the United States and Canada.

  • The recipients must have been residents of Lee County for a minimum of two years.
  • Recipient will have financial need, to be determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate level students.
Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship Fund at FGCU (3)
 

Moorings Park is a non-profit continuing care retirement center in Naples. They have been one of the premier retirement communities in Southwest Florida for the past thirty years. Their mission is to provide facilities, services and programs for successful aging, and providing compassionate care to its residents.

  • The recipients will be degree-seeking students enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University who are The Moorings, Incorporated employees and/or their family members.
  • The FGCU Scholarship Committee will seek and give priority to recommendations from the Donor.
Moseley Title Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund (2)
  • The recipients must be graduates from a Lee County high school;
  • The recipients must be studying business with an emphasis in real estate.
Munters Corporation Endowed Scholarship Fund (1)
 

Munters is a global leader in energy efficient air treatment solutions and restoration services based on expertise in humidity and climate control technologies. They are organized into three divisions: HumiCool and Deumidification, their product lines, and MCS a service organization.

  • The recipients must be students from the Fort Myers area.
Naples Garden Club Fellowship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Naples Garden Club was established in 1953 with 30 members. At that time Naples was a very small community of about 2,000 people. Over the decades the Naples Garden Club has funded beautification efforts in many public schools, the Big Cypress Nature Center, the City of Naples, The George Washington Carver Housing Project, the Naples Depot, Palm Cottage, the Philharmonic and Rookery Bay. The club opened new offices at the Naples Botanical Garden in 2005, and now holds it's monthly meetings and flower shows at that site.

  • Recipients will be undergraduates in their junior or senior year or in an FGCU graduate program.
  • Recipients will be majoring in Horticulture, a Botany-related field, or Environmental Studies.
  • Recipients will be conducting research at The Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden.
  • Each year the Dean of Arts and Sciences will recommend students who meet the criteria to a committee made up of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, a faculty member in a Horticulture or Botany related field appointed by the Dean, and an FGCU faculty member in Environmental Sciences appointed by the Dean.
  • The committee will select recipients, whether undergraduates or graduate students, based on the quality of their proposed research at the Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center.
  • Naples Garden Club Fellowships are to be awarded on an annual basis starting with the Fall 2010 semester and students may receive them in successive years.
  • Students receiving Naples Garden Club Fellowships will agree to address the Naples Garden Club membership at one of its general meetings held on the first Monday of the month, November through April. Students will present a brief overview of the use of their fellowship and should address their research projects (importance and impact or what students hope to achieve with their degree and how the fellowship is helping). They will also conduct a tour of the Harvey Kapnick Center's facility and research program and/or field work at the Naples Botanical Garden in which the student is involved for Naples Garden Club's board and interested members.
  • The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will issue a report on an annual basis regarding the progress of all Naples Garden Club Fellows.
Naples Press Club Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

With a journalism major now available at Florida Gulf Coast University, the Naples Press Club has endowed a scholarship fund that will help aspiring journalists pay for their educations. Helping students with a passion for news has long been among the club's main goals.

"The Naples Press Club has been awarding scholarships to high school seniors who want to pursue journalism," says William Klauber, a member of the press club's board and scholarship committee. "With this formal affiliation with FGCU, this program will become even more important to aspiring journalists from Collier County."

  • Recipients will be enrolled full time at the University and be majoring in Journalism. Until the major in Journalism is finalized, students minoring in journalism are eligible to receive the scholarship.
  • Recipients will be Juniors or Seniors at the University.
  • Recipients will have graduated from a Collier County High School.
  • Recipients will have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Recipients will demonstrate financial need as a determined by the University Scholarship Committee.
  • Each year a list of qualified students will be sent to the Scholarship Chairperson of the Naples Press club to make the final determination of student recipients. To be deemed qualified, students must have applied through the University/Foundation scholarship process and meet the criteria stated above. If no student meets the criteria a list of students that meet at least two criteria will be submitted.
Naples Women in Transition Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The goal of the Naples Women in Transition organization is to support women experiencing life changes, such as death of a spouse, divorce, marriage, blended family, career change, retirement or spouse's retirement.  

  • Recipient may be an undergraduate, or graduate student.
  • Recipient will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application, or the federal aid application.
  • The recipients will be female.
  • The recipients will be residents of Collier County.
  • The recipients will be over the traditional student age.
Naples Yacht Club Blue Gavel First Generation Scholarship (4)
 

The Naples Yacht Club was founded in 1947. Their mission was and still is to support and encourage the sport of yachting, the science of seamanship and navigation and to promote the social welfare, entertainment, and diversity of its members.

The organization grew from three members at it establishment, to six hundred in 2010.

  • The recipients will be worthy students from the Naples community area.
Wilma M. Nason Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipient will be an undergraduate student that has financial need.
John and Heidi Nejman Endowed Scholarship Fund (6)
  • Scholarship will be awarded to full-time FGCU undergraduate and graduate students annually. Freshmen will be considered. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Scholarships are to fund tuition and fees, not to exceed the full tuition and fees amount for one year (i.e., fall and spring semesters). After one student is fully funded for one year, a second student is to be funded (and so forth, as the endowment will allow).
  • Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 Scale.
  • Scholarship award recipients are to be limited to students majoring in any one of the liberal arts subjects.
The Diana Nerestant Memorial Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Linda Guerrine, a former director of annual giving on the FGCU Foundation team, established this scholarship in 2008. She founded this scholarship in loving memory of her mother, Diana Nerestant, who passed away when Linda was a child.

  • Recipients must be full-time students and demonstrate leadership and service in their communities. Freshmen will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students of Haitian descent.
  • Preference will be given to students whose mothers are deceased.
  • Students must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to academically talented, degree-seeking students annually who are attending FGCU. Awards are renewable and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • The Foundation Scholarship Committee will submit a list of qualified applicants to the Donor. The Committee will give careful, thoughtful attention to the advice and recommendations of The Guerrine Family when selecting the students to be awarded these scholarships.
Newman Oil Scholarship Fund (1)
  • The FGCU Scholarship Committee has full authority to select the recipient(s).
News-Press Publishing Company Scholarship Fund (1)
 

The News-Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper located in Fort Myers, Florida serving primarily Lee County, as well as parts of Hendry, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. The News-Press was started in 1884 and currently has approximately 450 employees.

  • The recipient(s) must be outstanding students.
  • The recipient(s) must be related to the Fort Myers area.
Northern Trust Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Northern Trust is a global leader in delivering innovative investment, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions to corporations, institutions and affluent individuals. For more than 120 years, they have evolved with the changing needs of their clients and the world.

  • The recipient(s) will be junior or senior FGCU leaders.
  • The recipient(s) will be members of the Lead team with an abundance of experience in campus leadership.
  • Each year, the FGCU Scholarship Committee, assisted by the Dean of Students, will provide the Donor with a list of qualified candidates for final recommendation of recipient(s).
Nurse Practitioner Council of Collier County Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Nurse Practitioner Council of Collier County was formed in 1997. The objective of NPCCC is to provide opportunities for continuing education and networking for its members, support as a group, legislative initiatives which benefit patients and enhance advanced nursing practice and market the proven ability of nurse practitioners to provide high quality care to individual patients and the community.

  • Recipients will be living or working in Collier County.
  • Recipients will be enrolled in the graduate program, working toward an advanced degree (master or doctorate) in nursing practice .
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Each year, the Foundation will submit all qualified applicants to the Donor for review by the NPCCC Board of Directors and that Board will recommend the final recipient.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Owen Ames Kimball established itself in Florida in 1982. To date they have completed more than 1,000 building projects in Southwest Florida.

  • The recipients will be students who are employees or relatives, including legal dependents of employees, of Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. and Subsidiaries;
  • If no student meets the criterion above in a given year, first priority will be given to students in Construction Management; second priority will be to students in Civil Engineering; and third priority will be given to students in Business;
  • The donor will be consulted.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Owen Ames Kimball established itself in Florida in 1982. To date they have completed more than 1,000 building projects in Southwest Florida.

  • The recipients will be civil engineering majors in their junior or senior year of study;
  • Preference will be given to, but not limited to, students who have an expressed desire to pursue an engineering career in the construction industry.
The Oakes Family Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be majoring in Engineering;
  • Recipients will be female;
  • Recipients will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Charleen Belcher Olliff Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Charles and Eileen Belcher partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to establish an endowed scholarship fund in their daughter’s name to support students enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Education during their school internship programs.

The Belchers had always recognized the importance of higher education sending each of their three children to universities of their choice. When the opportunity arose, they established scholarships at colleges and universities in their children’s names. Dr. Olliff’s scholarship was established in Florida Gulf Coast University where she taught. Charles, a former teacher, was especially interested in providing support for students. Because Dr. Olliff and her colleagues recognized that the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful internship was the amount of time and attention an intern could devote to the classroom experience, the goal of the scholarship became to provide financial support to students as they concentrated their efforts on applying knowledge in a classroom setting.

Dr. Olliff is a founding FGCU faculty member of the College of Education transferring from the University of South Florida. She retired in 2007. As a faculty member, she taught reading and language arts undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised interns in local area schools.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to seniors majoring in Education who plan to teach in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County. Since the final internship is a full-time, full-semester teaching assignment in a public school, this scholarship is intended to benefit students who must resign from their jobs and make other major adjustments in their lives to complete the internship.
  • It is the donor's desire to award scholarships in sufficient amounts that will allow scholarship recipients to resign from their jobs during their internship semester or make other major adjustments in their lives to complete the internship.
  • The University will submit a list of qualified applicants to faculty representatives from the College of Education for final selection.
Occupational Therapy Advisory Council Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Occupational Therapy Advisory Council (OTAC) is a group of local health care providers (physicians and therapists) and other leaders of the community. It was established by Loredana Campanile, founding Director of the new entry-level occupational therapy program, to provide advice and support for the developing program. The OTAC convened for the first time in October, 1998. The group adopted a goal to create an endowed scholarship to support occupational therapy students in their pursuit of this professional degree, and in October of 1999, the scholarship fund was established. The members of the Advisory Council at that time were Dr. Margie Morales, Karen A. Collins, Barbara Hartman, Ed Brett, Gerry Roberts, Nancy Nolin, Karen Judd, Barb Meussner, Dr. Michael Fucci, and Curie Cudmore.

At the time the fund was established, it was matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Florida Ethics in Business Scholarship Program, and was limited to undergraduate students majoring in occupational therapy, with financial need, who agreed to enroll in a business ethics course.

In 2005, after the occupational therapy program transitioned to a Master of Science degree, the scholarship requirements were modified to support graduate or undergraduate students, and the businnes ethics course requirement was dropped on the assumption that professional ethics would be taught in the professional program.

This scholarship has contributed to the success of many local occupational therapists in our community, and continues to offer support to promising occupational therapy students.

  • Recipients will be students who have been accepted into and are enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program at FGCU.
  • Recipients will have a history of service to the community. This can be through service-learning courses or direct service without credit.
  • Awards will be based on academic merit and need. Merit will be the first criterion, with financial need being the deciding factor when merit is similar (though not necessarily exact) among candidates. Merit will be based on a combination of undergraduate GPA and GRE scores.
Oswald, Trippe and Company, Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The insurance company Oswald Trippe and Company, Inc. was established in 1982. The company was founded by Gary Trippe, CEO, and his wife. They began the agency with one corporate partner, James Pender, who was the chairman of the James B. Oswald Company of Cleveland, Ohio. They started the agency with one employee and it grew to employ more than 200 people. 

BB&T Insurance Services recently acquired Oswald Trippe and Company.

  • Recipients will be full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students.
  • Recipients must attend a staff meeting at Oswald Trippe & Co. during the fall (or spring if Donor approves).
  • The awards may be used for tuition, books, and supplies.
The Thelma B. and Edwin M. Oulton Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Thelma Bruce Oulton never graduated high school, but when the Bonita Shores woman died at the age of 90, she left funds to establish a Florida Gulf Coast University scholarship. “She was very much a believer in and very much sold on the value of an education,” said her attorney, Jim Kerr, who turned over to the FGCU Foundation a significant sum from Oulton’s estate.

The scholarship, named for Oulton and her late husband, Edwin, will be awarded annually to students who have academic ability but not the financial means to attend college. Kerr befriended Oulton after she turned to him for estate planning help in 1995. He recalls her as a “pistol” who had strong opinions, was conservative with her money, and felt passionately about certain issues.

As president of the Southwest Florida Federated Republican Women’s Club in the 1970s, she helped crusade to bring a traffic signal to the Bonita Beach Road/US 41 intersection and pushed the state to extend I-75 south beyond its Tampa terminus. She also wrote columns for both the Bonita Banner and the Naples Daily News.

Oulton grew up in Elyria, Ohio, and was the oldest child in a large family. Kerr said hardships within the family forced her to leave high school to help support her brothers and sisters. She married twice and outlived both husbands.  Edwin Oulton was a dairy farmer. The couple settled in Bonita Shores in the late 1960s.

  • The recipients will be undergraduate students who demonstrate academic ability but, except for this endowed scholarship fund, would lack sufficient monies for their education.
  • The scholarship will be given annually to one or more applicants.
  • The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee will recommend the recipient(s).
Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery First Generation Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be meet the First Generation Matching Grant Criteria as defined in Florida State Statute 1009.701.
Jane Foster and C. B. Pate Scholarship Fund (1)
 

Foster Pate was a remarkable man whose vision and creativity changed the face of Southwest Florida.

The Jane and C.B. Pate Scholarship was established by J. Foster Pate (4-18-1928 to 10-31-2011) in memory of his parents. Foster was a local land developer and businessman who moved to Lee County in 1956, when there were only 17,000 residents. He soon purchased 2,000 acres of land that extended south from Page Field Airport to what later became Daniels Parkway with the eastern boundary at the current Metro Parkway. Foster’s first community was Ft. Myers Villas along with various commercial and residential developments on the original land. Foster enlisted the assistance of local bankers and newspapermen to establish the first building codes in Lee County in order to protect residents from unscrupulous contractors. His later endeavors included The Landings and Fiddlesticks.

Foster believed strongly in giving back to the community. He was one of several area businessmen who purchased and then donated the land for Edison College. He also donated the land for Villas Elementary as well as the land and initial building for the South Trail Fire Department. He and friend, Bill Sheppard, funded the Southwest Florida Symphony for the first two years of its existence, until a Foundation could be established to provide the financial support. The current nursing chair at FGCU was funded by Foster and four other local businessmen.

Foster recognized the importance of education and anonymously provided tuition and expenses for several students. One year Foster and Bill Sheppard provided the financial support for the top male and female graduates of Dunbar High School (then a segregated, minority school) to attend college. This scholarship is an extension of Foster’s generosity as he honored his parents by helping others with the expenses of college.

  • The recipients must be outstanding students;
  • The recipients must reside in the Fort Myers area;
  • The recipients' field of study must be Business Administration.
Michael B. Peceri Endowed International Scholarship Fund (6)
 

Michael Peceri gives his time and his money to Florida Gulf Coast University because he believes in its mission. A co-owner of Cin Cin Mediterranean Grille in south Fort Myers, Mr. Peceri helped FGCU shape its hospitality program. He's also taught a class and served on the President's Advisory Council. He's on campus early every Monday morning to read the newspaper on the Radio Reading Service for the Blind program run by WGCU-FM.

His son, George Efstathion, originally from Cypress, graduated from FGCU in 2000. In honor of his son, Mr. Peceri established the Michael B. Peceri Endowed International Scholarship Fund for international full-time students enrolled in FGCU's Resort & Hospitality Management Program."I lived abroad for 20 years in the diplomatic service so my cultural outlook is very international," he said.

Mr. Peceri had a distinguished carrer in the resort and hospitality industry, serving as vice chairman of South Seas Resorts. Co. and as president of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association.

  • Proceeds from this scholarship will be used for scholarships for international full time students enrolled in the FGCU Resort and Hospitality Management Program.
Periwinkle Garden Club Scholarship Fund (2)
  • The recipients must be Fort Myers area students.
The Chesley Perry Endowed Scholarship Fund/Fort Myers Campus (1)
 

Chesley “Chet” Perry came to Fort Myers from Boston when he was only three months old. He attended primary, junior high and senior high schools in Fort Myers, graduating from Fort Myers High School in 1926. He started his newspaper career at the News-Press in 1930, and shortly thereafter married the lovely Janett Conroy of Fort Myers. The Perry’s have one son, Chesley Michael Perry of Fort Myers; a daughter, Linda Perry Voyles, of Tallahassee; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

We can only summarize the achievements in Chet Perry’s life, beginning with his Eagle Scout status to his rise as bookkeeper to President/Publisher and Publisher emeritus. His brief employment as bookkeeper with the Lee County Bank in 1927 and in the same position for the Dowling Camp Lumber Mill preceded his newspaper career. Then Chet joined the newspaper as a bookkeeper in 1930. In 1935, he was promoted to Business Manager, Vice President and General Manager in 1947, and President in 1971.  His close friend, William (Bill) Spears, was editor. They remained close friends and bore the honors of being called Publisher Emeritus and Editor Emeritus.

Chet had always been a strong guiding influence in the organization and boating activities of the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Chet served as instructor in the boating classes sponsored by the US Power Squadron and Cruise Master for many of the club’s cross-state "boatacades". He was elected Commodore for the year 1962. Even aside from the Yacht Club, he was an avid boating and fishing enthusiast.

  • The recipients must be valedictorians or runners-up.
Marlin F. and Alice M. Perry Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Marlin and Alice Perry believed in education, and devoted a great deal of their passion to learning and helping others do so, too. In death, they have enabled countless more aspiring students to reap its benefits through an estate gift to Florida Gulf Coast University.

Born and raised in Kansas, Marlin served as an Army officer in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. When he was seriously wounded, he landed in a military hospital where nurse Alice Klemmetsen tended to his injuries and won his heart. They married and spent 50 years together, living all over the Far East, and returned to the United States in 1950s.

Marlin returned to college, earned his bachelor's degree at New York University, and devoted his career to the insurance industry. Alice obtained her bachelor's degree in business, master's in medical-surgical nursing, and doctorate in research and nursing, all from NYU. She went to work as a nurse and then began teaching at NYU. She went on to teach at Rockland Community College, and eventually retired from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she helped develop the nursing program.

After retiring, the couple moved to Hilton Head, SC and then to Estero, Florida. Marlin died in 1997 and Alice in May, 2006.

  • The FGCU Foundation Committee will recommend the recipients.
Phi Beta Kappa Association of Southwest Florida Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, during the American Revolution. This society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and science. They also sponsor activities to advance those studies in higher education and society at large.

  • The recipients will be undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences or are entering freshmen in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • The recipients will have at minimum a 3.85 high school GPA.
Physical Plant Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The physical Plant Endowed Scholarship fund was created by donations from Physical Plant employees to start a program that reflected the shared interests of their business partners while supporting their department missions.

Employees and friends of FGCU established this scholarship to financially assist qualified students enrolled in environmental engineering, civil engineering, and environmental studies.

  • Proceeds from this fund are to be awarded on an annual basis to one or more students majoring or minoring in Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, or Environmental Engineering. A student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
  • Recipients must be degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • Recipients must demonstrate leadership, service, and social awareness in relation to the design and development of systems, processes, and tools needed for the protection of the environment, human health, and natural ecosystems.
  • The University will submit a list of qualified applicants to the committee for final selection.
  • Freshmen will be considered.
Dr. Marydelle Polk Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Marydelle Polk, Ph.D., CNE, ARNP-BC served as Program Director of the PHC-MSN Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was active in local and statewide advanced practice efforts and served on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Nurses Association for six years. She was active in Sigma Theta Tau International and served as President, Vice President, and Faculty Counselor. Dr. Polk served as a consultant on graduate education and was involved in international nursing prior to coming to Florida in 1990. She was an Army veteran having served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Her passion was to teach and inspire students to meet a high standard of excellence. She was the Southwest Endowed Chair for Nursing and Full Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. She taught in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her educational interests lay in informatics, role development, and curriculum development, and her clinical focus was healthy aging. Dr. Polk passed away in September 2013.

  • Qualified candidates are in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program and in good academic standing.
  • Preference will be given to students who have ceased employment to concentrate on their studies.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the Dr. Marydelle Polk Scholarship in the successive years.
John E. and Aliese Price Foundation Scholarship Fund (1)
 

John E. Price was born in 1892 and spent his childhood on a small cotton farm. At the age of seventeen he opened a general store. When that store did not make a profit after two years he sold and bought an existing store that did make a profit. He then began to invest in land.

Mr. Price went on to become one of Florida's greatest philanthropists, founding the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation, named for he and wife, to support religious, education and charitable organizations.

  • Priority is given, but not limited to, students who intend to go into the ministry after college.
Private Wealth Consultants, LLC - Leo Boisvert/Erik Heben Athletics Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Leo Boisvert and Erik Heben help people grow their money through their company, Private Wealth Consultants in Fort Myers. They are also helping enrich Florida Gulf Coast University students by creating an endowed scholarship fund. Scholarships help students meet their goals with less concern about the cost of their educations.

Heben serves on the FGCU Eagles Club Board of Advisors while Boisvert is a member of the FGCU Planned Giving Advisory Committee.

  • Recipient will participate in Intercollegiate Athletics at FGCU.
  • Recipient will have achieved a grade point average of at least a 3.0.
  • Priority will be given to Scholar-Athletes from SW Florida area.
  • Final priority will be given to Scholars-Athletes from around the country.
G. Jeffrey Provol Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Students interested in pursuing careers in math or science can benefit from the scholarship created by Naples resident G. Jeffrey Provol. Provol, who has had a successful career in advertising, believes that with success comes the responsibility to help others.

Provol offers his best advice to students: "Set your sights high. Step outside your comfort zone, and never give up in trying to achieve your goals.” One of his favorite quotes to live by is: "Do one thing each day that scares you!"

He believes any goal can be achieved through hard work, discipline and recognizing the right opportunities to pursue.

  • Qualified applicants shall be majoring in Mathematics or one of the Sciences. However, if a student's career goal is to teach either Mathematics or Science, then Education as an academic major shall also qualify a candidate for scholarship consideration.
  • Qualified candidates shall have demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a grade point average of 3.5.
  • The university shall identify qualified candidates, and the foundation shall involve the Donor in the final selection of scholarship recipients.
Gattupalli Krishna Rao Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipient will be a full-time FGCU undergraduate, degree-seeking student.
  • Recipient will be the child of a police officer.
  • Recipient will have financial need.
  • Scholarships are to fund tuition and fees, not to exceed the full tuition and fees amount for one year (i.e., fall and spring semester). After one student is fully funded for the year a second student will be funded (and so forth, as the endowment will allow).
Elizabeth Rash Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be admitted to a program within the School of Nursing.
Red Tide Relief Endowed Fund (3)
 

Red tide has plagued and perplexed coastal communities for decades, causing periodic blooms of organisms that are toxic to fish, birds, marine mammals and, on occasion, people. Researchers have long labored to figure out what causes the microscopic algae to infest coastal waters in an effort to develop a way to eradicate it.

To help in that effort, Red Tide Refief, founded by Quinn Ruelle, has established an endowed fund at Florida Gulf Coast University for student research projects on red tide.

  • Student research grant recipients will be upper-level undergraduate or graduate FGCU students majoring in Marine or Environmental Science with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Research funds will be awarded to projects which impact and/or enhance our understanding of Red Tide;
  • The Dean will determine the grant recipient(s) after reviewing recommendations from faculty and the donor;
  • If there are no qualified applicants, the Dean may direct this research grant to support any Marine Science/Environmental Science class project that enhances the understanding of Red Tide.
Paul Sands Memorial Fund - REIS Scholarship Program (3)
 

The Real Estate Investment Society is an independent organization, with membership open to Registered Principles and Representatives; Real Estate Brokers and Property Mangers; Developers and Builders, Bankers and Lenders; Land Planners and Development Consultants; Investors and Land Owners; Business Consultants in Real Estate Investment; Architects and Engineers; Attorneys, Appraisers and Title Insurance Agents; CPA's and Financial Planners.

  • Scholarships generated from this endowment will support those who have an interest in a career associated with the real estate industry. Areas of study can include landscaping; engineering; real estate; appraisal; legal; accounting; development; insurance; or the like.
  • Qualified candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 Scale).
  • Candidates must submit a one page essay with their application outlining why he/she should be considered for a scholarship of this nature and how it would benefit him/her.
  • Financial need will be considered when selecting the recipient.
  • Recommendations from faculty members also will be considered, but are not required.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to local and regional students.
  • Recipients will attend one of the REIS fall monthly meetings (at no cost) for the purpose of recognition and meeting the organization's members.
  • Limit of $2,500 to be awarded to any student during a specific calendar year. A student may receive a scholarship award of up to $2,500 for four consecutive years. Funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the scholarship recipient, not to the individual.
  • Scholarship awards are intended for tuition and course books and materials.
  • Recipients will become members of REIS during their scholarship periods and are eligible to attend any and all monthly meetings and functions (at no cost) on the same basis as dues paying member.
Riverwoods Plantation Endowed Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Riverwoods Plantation is a senior resident-owned RV Condo Association, located in Estero, Florida, and are equipped for activities such as biking, volley ball, bocce ball and tennis on property. They also have a 100-person pavilion for meetings and entertainment.

  • Recipient will have financial need based on the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipient will be an undergraduate level student.
  • Recipient must have graduated from Estero High School in the year of the award or in the year prior to the award.
  • Recipient will meet the Riverwoods Plantation community in the fall of each year at a neighborhood association meeting.
Kellie Jean Robinson Scholarship Memorial Fund (3)
 

Jim Robinson, '99 (Business Management), and his family wanted to do something meaningful in memory of his sister, Kellie, who died in a car accident at age 18.

"Given that Kellie died while pursuing higher education, we feel that a scholarship in her name is an appropriate means of preserving her memory," Robinson said. "We chose FGCU because, among other things, it is located in Kellie's hometown of Fort Myers."

"Creating or contributing to an FGCU scholarship is one way in which alumni can provide a springboard for students to obtain educational opportunities. Establishing a scholarship is my way of enabling other students to utilitize that same springboard."

  • Scholarships will be awarded to academically talented, degree-seeking students who have graduated from North Fort Myers High School.
  • Preference will be given to students who were members of the softball team at North Fort Myers High School.
  • Students must have demonstrated service to the community.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University will identify the qualifying students.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University will give careful, thoughtful attention to the advice and recommendations of The Robinson Family when selecting the students to be awarded these scholarships.
  • To remain eligible, the scholarship recipients will be required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 while attending FGCU.
Rockin’ Christmas Endowed Scholarship Fund Founded by PrivateSky Aviation Services, Inc., the Vincent and Illona Wolanin Family, and the Dr. John and Liz Kagan Family. (3)
 

A new endowed scholarship will help aspiring Florida Gulf Coast University students who have lost their parents realize their dreams through a college education.

The Rockin' Christmas Endowed Scholarship Fund was created by PrivateSky Aviation Services Inc., the Vincent and Illona Wolanin family and the John and Liz Kagan family. Vincent Wolanin, chairman and founder of PrivateSky, founded the fund, but credits his daughter singer-songwriter-recording artist Whitney Wolanin, with raising a significant portion of the money through her six years of Rockin' Christmas performances with her All-Star Band.

For further information about the founding companies of this scholarship, please go to www.PrivateSky.net and www.Wolanin.com.

  • The scholarship assists a student who has lost a parent due to an illness or sudden death and has displayed a propensity towards academic excellence and has exhibited dedication, sportsmanship, discipline and work ethic during the student’s formative academic years. 
  • Preference will be given to graduates from Lee County who are enrolled in hospitality, one of the sciences or engineering disciplines. 
Joyce and Emory H. Rogaski Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

As a couple, Emory and Joyce Rogaski established the Joyce and Emory H. Rogaski Endowed Scholarship Fund, and later, as a widow, Joyce started the Joyce Rogaski Graduate Fund.

The Rogaskis embody commitment and self-directed learning. They grew up on impoverished farms in Ohio and did not have the opportunity to attend college. They worked hard all of their lives, including owning two restaurants. Mrs. Rogaski also once worked as a nurse and Emory practiced real estate.

Throughout their lives, they learned that education opens many doors. Providing students the keys to those doors is a dream come true to Mrs. Rogaski. "When we gave the first scholarship, it was the best day of my life," she said. Of her fellowship gift she adds, "This is the second best day of my life."

  • The Donors desire that the scholarship recipients be degree-seeking and majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or in a forensic laboratory sciences program. These recipients will have an expressed interest in law enforcement in the State of Florida, preferably in Fort Myers, and in deterring illegal drug activity. Other acceptable scholarship recipients will be FGCU students majoring in Nursing.
Joyce Rogaski Graduate Fund (3)
 

As a couple, Emory and Joyce Rogaski established the Joyce and Emory H. Rogaski Endowed Scholarship Fund, and later, as a widow, Joyce started the Joyce Rogaski Graduate Fund.

The Rogaskis embody commitment and self-directed learning. They grew up on impoverished farms in Ohio and did not have the opportunity to attend college. They worked hard all of their lives, including owning two restaurants. Mrs. Rogaski also once worked as a nurse and Emory practiced real estate.

Throughout their lives, they learned that education opens many doors. Providing students the keys to those doors is a dream come true to Mrs. Rogaski. "When we gave the first scholarship, it was the best day of my life," she said. Of her fellowship gift she adds, "This is the second best day of my life."

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking graduate students at FGCU.
  • Preference will be given to students seeking their master's degrees in Criminal Justice and Forensics (when these programs are established) as well as Nursing.
Ominia and Rufus Rogers Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be classified as First Generation students as defined by the State of Florida First Generation Scholarship Matching Grant Program, Florida Statute 1009.701
  • Recipients will be admitted to the School of Nursing, the Pre-Medical program or Medical program
  • Preference will be given to Trinidad and Tobago citizens; decendants of Trinidad and Tobago citizens or decendants Caribbean citizens; US citizens or decendants of US citizens, in the above stated order
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis
  • At minimum, recipients must maintain the GPA required for the program admission
  • Recipients who continue to qualify may be awarded the Ominia and Rufus Rogers Scholarship in successive years
Cape Coral Rotary Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students;
  • Recipients will be residents of Cape Coral;
  • The recipients must attend a club meeting in the fall to acknowledge the scholarship.
Rotary Foundation of Fort Myers South Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

  • Recipients must be full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking students.
  • Recipients must be Fort Myers residents. 
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva Endowed Scholarship Fund in Memory of William Angst (5)
 

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

  • Recipients will have financial need based in the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The recipients may be either undergraduate or graduate level students.
  • The recipients must be full-time degree-seeking students.
  • The recipients must live on Sanibel or Captiva, have graduated from schools on Sanibel or Captiva, or have a parent who works on Sanibel or Captiva. In the event there is no suitable candidate, a resident of Lee County will be acceptable.
  • The recipients must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0.
  • Preference will be given to single parents.
  • The donor of this scholarship intends that the awards be made to the same student throughout his/her duration at Florida Gulf Coast University, up to a maximum of four years.
  • The awards are made for tuition, on-campus housing, books, supplies, and equipment. However, scholarship funds may not be used to purchase computers.
  • The recipients will be recommended by the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva Scholarship Committee.
Warfield-Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Foundation Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

  • Recipients will be enrolled full-time in the Lutgert College of Business;
  • Recipients will have demonstrated community service and leadership;
  • Preference will be given to students who were residents of Bonita Springs when they graduated from high school;
  • Recipients may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Marion W. Routh Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Donald Routh, Todd Routh, friends and family established a scholarship in honor of Donald's wife Marion. The Marion W. Routh Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund will support FGCU undergraduates majoring in enviromental engineering or enviromental studies, or graduates pursuing degrees in enviromental science.

Donald Routh is a psychology adjunct and takes classes at FGCU. "Being a student at FGCU made me permanently see the world differently," he said. "I used to think of progress as a matter of advances in science and technology. Now I see it in terms of sustainability and optional use of energy resources. That is the importance of FGCU's environmental programs."

  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to support FGCU students who are undergraduates majoring in Environmental Studies or Environmental Engineering, or graduate students majoring in Environmental Science.
  • This scholarship is to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Gail Brinker Rumble Scholarship Fund (6)
 

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  • Qualified candidates will be student-athletes selected annually by the Athletics Director.
  • These scholarships are not to be restricted to a particular intercollegiate sport year-after-year.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the scholarship in successive years.
RWA Scholarship Fund - In Memory of James Anderson (3)
 

James M. Anderson, the chief operating officer for RWA who died in an automobile accident at age 46 in June 2010, was known as a dedicated businessman whose drive and enthusiasm to gain life experiences expanded his participation to both community causes as well as personal interests, said Christopher Wright, CEO of the RWA corporation. During his time in Naples, he was an active participant in various community and charitable organizations and events such as Habitat for Humanity, St. Matthew’s House, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, and Liberty Youth Ranch. He was a long-standing member of the Collier Building Industry Association and of the WCMCC (an organization of dedicated car enthusiasts and hobbyists), as well as a graduate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Class of 2010.

Prior to moving to Florida in 1987, Anderson completed his undergraduate studies at Augustana and Black Hawk Colleges in Illinois. In 1997, he helped establish the firm RWA, Inc. (a professional consulting firm offering value-added solutions of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping, Land Planning, and GIS). “Jamey was a one of a kind individual -- a special talent to our business who will be noticeably missed in many different ways and on unique and different levels.  I feel blessed to have known him as a man, a business partner, and a friend. It is the vision of the RWA organization to build upon this scholarship fund in Jamey’s honor to express our sincere gratitude for his contributions to life, the relationships he maintained, and the well being of RWA,” Wright said.

"RWA, Inc. is a land planning, design, and engineering company whose mission is to provide practical, well-thought, and affordable design and development solutions that add value for our public and private sector clients. We leverage our comprehensive knowledge of the surrounding geographic landscape; our strong relationships with strategic partners; and our well-versed expertise in producing regulatory process results in order to satisfy our client’s needs in the most efficient and effective way."

“We are so pleased to honor Jamey and his family with a program that will allow his legacy to continue as an example to those who aspire to become an inspirational achiever in the engineering profession,” Wright said.

  • Recipient will be degree seeking.
  • Recipient will be an engineering major.
  • Recipient will have graduated from a high school in Collier, Lee or Charlotte Counties.
Dorothy M. Rygh Fellowship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be undergraduates in their junior or senior year or in an FGCU graduate program.
  • Recipients will be majoring in Horticulture, a Botany-related field, or Environmental Studies.
  • Recipients will be conducting research at The Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center at the Naples Botanical Garden.
  • Each year the Dean of Arts and Sciences will submit a list of eligible students who meet the criteria to a committee made up of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, an FGCU faculty member in Environmental Sciences appointed by the Dean, the FGCU Scholarship Manager, the Executive Director of Naples Botanical Garden, and the Director of Education at Naples Botanical Garden.
  • The committee will select recipients based on the quality of their proposed research at the Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center.
  • Dorothy M. Rygh Fellowships are to be awarded on an annual basis starting with the Fall 2010 semester and students may receive them in successive years.
George Sanders, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund (1)
  • The recipients must be students in the Fort Myers area.
The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company Business Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company is a state-chartered independent trust company that provides wealth-management services to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and endowment funds.

According to Donald A. Lesch, co-chairman of the trust company and past chairman of the FGCU Foundation, "Through my association with Florida Gulf Coast University, I have witnessed firsthand the impacts of scholarships on students' lives. We hope that others will be inspired to join us in supporting scholarships for FGCU students as well."

  • Proceeds from this scholarship will be used to to benefit University Students in good standing in the Lutgert College of Business.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Sanibel-Captiva Trust / Schubert Scholarship Fund (4)
 

Each year, the Sanibel-Captiva Trust/Schubert Scholarship supports a student at each class level.  The Schuberts’ gifts to the trust provide financial assistance and encouragement to promising youth who have participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.

“We look at it as a way to provide young folks with more opportunities,” Schubert said.  “Often we find a young person who is the first in their family to have a chance to go to college.  It allows them to become role models, so someone else might think, ‘Hey, I can do that, too.’”

The trust’s need-based scholarships support students who show the promise of academic success.  Hearing about the Boys & Girls Clubs’ efforts to help young people stay on a path to success inspired the Schuberts to reach out, and they hope others will, too.

“It got me thinking, there’s a good opportunity to work with them and let kids know there’s a chance for scholarships, and they should look at college as one of the possibilities,” Schubert said.

John Schubert serves as president of the Sanibel-Captiva Trust Co. He was appointed in April of 2007. He and his wife Donna came to Southwest Florida from Califon, New Jersey, where Mr. Schubert was co-founder and a senior partner of SynerMed Communications. MynerMed produced CD's, websites, print publications, and events for physicians and other health care professionals. The company was co-founded in 1984 by Mr. Schubert.   

  • The annual recipient will be a participant of the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County.
  • These significant need-based scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance and encouragement to students who do not qualify for merit scholarships but are capable of academic success.
  • To assist the University in identifying qualified candidates, the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County will submit a list in the spring of known participants who will be attending the University in the following academic year.
Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club Scholarship Fund (4)
  • This scholarship will be used to support graduate student reseach in marine science.
  • Student recipients, with faculty guidance, may use these funds to support research-related expenses (e.g., supplies, analysis, field-related travel to present findings at scientific conferences, etc.).
  • A Marine and Ecology Department-based committee will oversee the application process.  
  • Recipients will present research findings to the Club.
The Gene Sarazen/Professional Golf Management Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

When asked why she wanted to establish this scholarship through the Gene and Mary Ann Sarazen Foundation, Mrs. Sarazen responded, "I have been working with the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) for many years and have been impressed by the students who graduated from their sanctioned Professional Golf Management programs at universities around the country. Now we have a PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University and I wanted to support the program and its students."

  • Proceeds will be awarded to students who are enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program;
  • Preference will be given to the recommendations of the Director of Professional Golf Management;
  • Recipients need not submit a scholarship application prior to award consideration.
The Gene Sarazen/Professional Golf Management Restricted Scholarship Fund (4)
 

When asked why she wanted to establish this scholarship through the Gene and Mary Ann Sarazen Foundation, Mrs. Sarazen responded, "I have been working with the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) for many years and have been impressed by the students who graduated from their sanctioned Professional Golf Management programs at universities around the country. Now we have a PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University and I wanted to support the program and its students."

  • Recipients will be students enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program at FGCU.
  • Preference will be given to the recommendations of the Director of Professional Golf Management.
  • Preference should be given to residents of Marco Island, then Collier County, then the State of Florida in that order.
  • Recipients need not submit a scholarship application prior to award consideration.
  • Donor will be consulted before the final decision is made.
Scandia Lodge 3-617 Sons of Norway Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Scandia Lodge 3-617 is part of the third district of the Sons of Norway, and was established in March of 1992. There were 173 charter members and their numbers have only grown since then.

  • Recipients will be undergraduates.
  • Recipients will be members or relatives of members of Scandia Lodge 3-617.
  • If in any year no one meets these criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to any student who is a member or relative of a member of any lodge of the Sons of Norway.
  • If in any year, no one qualifies, the scholarship may be awarded to anyone of Norwegian descent.
  • If there should still be no qualified candidates, the scholarship may be awarded to a student from Lee or Collier County who has financial need as determined by the scholarship committee.
  • A student may receive the scholarship in successive years and no preference or penalty may be given for prior awards.
Michael E. Scheidemann Inspirational Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking students with physical disabilities documented in the University's Office of Adaptive Services.
  • Preference will be given to the following in the below order:  Freshman will be considered for all new awards; Students with 3.0 GPA or higher; Students who are American born or naturalized citizens; Students who graduate from a Collier County high school; and Students who qualify in the need-based category.  Consideration will be given to students who are working to the best of their ability even under less than ideal life circumstances.  The values of hard work, perseverance and the ability to achieve goals are important elements in determining who should receive this award.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the scholarship in successive years.
The Schoen Foundation Veteran's Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

William Schoen, chairman of the Schoen Foundation, created the scholarship for veterans pursuing business degrees at Florida Gulf Coast University because of his own experience as a Marine and his gratitude for the scholarships he received that helped him further his education.

Schoen states, "As a resident of Southwest Florida, I saw an opportunity to establish a military endowment scholarship fund at FGCU's new Lutgert School of Business."

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business on a full-time basis (min. of 12 credits).
  • Students must be honorably discharged veterans of one of the branches of the United States Military and have served on continuous active duty for a minimum of two years within the last ten years.
  • If there are no qualified candidates, the scholarship will be deferred and the funds will continue to accumulate.
Schwab Ready Mix Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • The recipients will be FGCU student athletes;
  • When football is established at FGCU, this scholarship will be awarded to FGCU student athletes in this sport.
CAS Science Faculty Scholarship Fund (3)
 

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  • Recipients will be degree-seeking students at Florida Gulf Coast University;
  • Recipients will be Science majors;
  • The Donors reserve the right to participate in the final selection process either as a group or by appointing one or more representatives if desired.
Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Scripps Howard Foundation was established approximately 50 years ago. They continue to strive for improving journalism, a free press, diversity, excellence and service. The foundation started as a small organization in 1962. They are now the largest corporate foundation in Greater Cincinnati. 

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients will be enrolled in the College of Business.
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in information systems applications in any business major.
  • Preference will be given to students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Seminole Casino Immokalee Resort & Hospitality Management Program Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Seminole Casino Immokalee is a Class III tribal gaming casino in the town of Immokalee, Florida, 35 miles from Naples. The Seminole Casino is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Originally opened in February 1994, and recently expanded in February 2009; the Seminole Casino offers Vegas Style Slot machines, Poker and a variety of table games including Baccarat, Blackjack, and three card poker.

  • Proceeds from the endowed fund each year will be used to benefit University students who demonstrate interest in the field of Resort & Hospitality Management. 
  • Students must be graduates of Immokalee High School and have financial need as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarships may be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Louise Sheffield Scholarship Fund (6)
 

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  • Qualified scholarship candidates will be degree-seeking students majoring in Education.
  • Recipients must have demonstrated academic merit, be dedicated to teaching, and have the potential for success.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis. Students who continue to qualify may be awarded this scholarship in successive years, up to a total of four years.
Susan Price Shrader Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

The Susan Price Shrader Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by her widower, Robert Shrader, to benefit computer information systems or mathematics undergraduates.

"I wanted to establish a scholarship fund for students in memory of my late wife, Susan Price Shrader," Robert Shrader said. "It is fitting that the scholarship benefit this area as she passed away in Bonita Springs. I chose Florida Gulf Coast University for this tribute because of my respect and admiration for President William Merwin, for his past achievements and for his continued dedication for the future of the University."

  • Proceeds will be submitted to the State of Florida First Generation Matching Grant Program to be matched dollar-for-dollar and used to support students enrolled at the University who qualify for First Generation Scholarships.
  • Should the State of Florida discontinue the First Generation Matching Grant Program, proceeds from this endowment will support students enrolled at the University who have resided in Lee County for the previous two years.
  • Recipient(s) will be majoring in Computer Information Systems (first priority) or Mathematics (second priority).
  • Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis, and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Hans and Erna Siebert Fund for Excellence (3)
 

Erna Siebert was born in Germany, but made Southwest Florida her home in later years. Mrs. Siebert died in June 2005, leaving a large gift to Florida Gulf Coast University and creating a lasting tribute to her love of music and education. That gift has created the Hans and Erna Marie Siebert Fund for Excellence to support student scholarships.

The couple grew up in Germany, moved to Montreal, then New York and, finally, Naples. In 1989, they were instrumental in founding the German-American Club Harmonie of Naples.

  • Recipient(s) will be degree-seeking students.
  • Preference will be given to students with demonstrated interest in Classical Music and/or German Language.
William and Joan Slocum Academic Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Both Bill and I grew up in MI and met each other when Bill was in law school at U of M and I was in undergraduate school there. We lived in Birmingham and later in Harbor Springs, MI and raised 5 daughters who now live in Colorado, Wisconsin and Michigan.

We moved to Naples, FL in 1985 and now enjoy living at Moorings Park Retirement Community in Naples. 

We both think  FGCU as an amazing school with so many opportunities and felt that this was a good place to do some investing in the future of students there. 

Words of Joan K. Slocum

  • Recipients must be of good moral character, have financial need, and be residents of Collier or Lee County;
  • Recipients must have and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher and be degree-seeking full-time students;
  • Scholarships will be awarded one year at a time and re-awarded if eligible;
  • Scholarships will be between $1,000 and $1,500.
George M. and Mabel H. Slocum Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

George Slocum founded Automotive News in Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife Mabel were the benefactors of the Slocum Foundation. The foundation was run by William Slocum Jr. (It is now desolved.)

William is a retired attorney (graduating from Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan). He and his wife Joan live in the Moorings Park Retirement Community in Naples, FL. 

  • Recipients must be first-year students or transfer students planning to enroll in a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Recipients must be accepted into the Honors Program at FGCU. (If applying directly from high school, this means a 3.5 GPA in core subjects, a 1050 SAT and/or a 21 ACT. If applying as a transfer student or from within FGCU, a 3.3 cumulative GPA is necessary).
  • Recipients will be recommended by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Recipients will be undergraduate students.
Ellen Wolfson Smyle Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be enrolled in the College of Education;
  • Recipients will be studying Early Childhood Education;
  • Recipients will be serious about becoming a teacher.
Grace Johnston Sneckenberger Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Grace Johnston Sneckenberger was born on October 13, 1906, in Gastonia, North Carolina. She was the fourth of five children. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Chemistry minor) from UNC at Greensboro in 1927. Her plans to continue her education in Chemistry were changed when her mother had a severe stroke. She stayed home to look after her and kept house for her father. 

In 1933 Grace accepted a job as a home economist for a Kelvinator distributor in North and South Carolina. She was the first woman to get a serviceman’s card for refrigerators. She taught the servicemen how to service ranges when Kelvinator started making them and checked all sold and adjusted ovens.

In 1936 Grace married Richard V. Eaton of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They came to Fort Myers Beach in 1938 and she never wanted to leave. Her husband died in 1947. Hurricane Donna took her home and everything in it in 1960. She decided not to rebuild. Instead she moved to Maui for more than three years and then traveled. She visited all 50 states and many locations across the world. 

In 1972 she returned to Southwest Florida. Grace married Robert H. Sneckenberger in 1981 and they had 11 wonderful years together before his death.

Grace died June 7, 2000.

 

  • Recipient(s) must be degree-seeking undergraduates.
  • The award is based on need.
  • The recipients will have a great desire to further their education.
SPC/FGCU Scholarship (4)
 

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  • Recipients will be employees of the Florida Department of Corrections;
  • Recipients are earning degrees in criminal justice, forensics studies, public administration or other majors that will benefit them in their careers at the FDC; 
  • Annually, FGCU Foundation will identify qualified FGCU candidates and St. Petersburg College will determine the recipients.
Emma and C. Gilbert Spies Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Charles Gilbert Spies was born September 18, 1915 in Kankakee, Illinois. His childhood years were spent in an orphanage. Unhappy where he was, he ran away. He began working doing anything he could to make money. He would stop in at a diner and ask the waitress for a cup of hot water, then used the catsup to make tomato soup. He sold magazines and wrote a song for the Saturday Evening Post. When he became of age, he joined the SeaBees during World War II.

One of his life goals was to retire at 50. He built, owned and operated a mobile home park. Investing his money wisely allowed him to achieve his goal of retiring at 50 years of age. He loved fishing, hunting, and dancing, but he was always fixated on the stock market.

  • Recipients will be deserving students in the College of Business as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
St. Andrew's Society of Southwest Florida Scholarship Enhancement Fund (4)
 

The purpose of the St. Andrew’s Society of Southwest Florida is twofold: To preserve and promote Scottish heritage, culture, literature and its visual and performing arts; and to educate the public and the membership regarding the history and culture of Scotland by promoting programs and events for these purposes.

The society presents a variety of programs covering such diverse subjects as: Scotland’s geography; Clans, tartans and Scottish country dances; Scotland’s contribution to the world and its geo-political standing; Musical components with Scottish songs, Scots singers and the popular bagpipe and drum band.

With the support of several local churches the Society members have annually provided as many as seven “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans”. More than 3,000 worshipers annually enjoy this symbolic, colorful and moving event highlighted by an impressive forty or more tartan banners and an eight- to ten-member bagpipe band.

Two long standing traditions have been the St. Andrew’s Ball held late in the fall, and the year’s high point, the Robert Burns’ Supper coinciding with the anniversary birthday of the poet, on January 25, 1759. Two new additions to the Society's activities include the Passport to Scotland fund raising event for the scholarship fund and The Kilted Brunch at the Port Royal Club.  A kilted Golf and Croquet Outing, the Highland Games motor coach trip, as well as the occasional Scot’s concerts at the Naples Philharmonic are other activities enjoyed by members and guests. 

Those interested in joining or making a contribution should contact Society Scholarship Committee Chairman Bill Paterson at wgpaterson@aol.com.

 

  • Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in studying in Scotland and will have completed the required application.  Preference will be given to students of Scottish heritage.   
  • FGCU will present information on the qualified candidates to the Society for final selection of the annual recipient(s).  Composition of the final selection committee will be determined by the Society.
  • Scholarship recipients will be given honorary membership in the St. Andrew’s Society of Southwest Florida for the year of the scholarship. 
  • The annual scholarship recipient(s) will make a formal presentation to the Society upon returning to Southwest Florida.
Douglas R. and Terri L. St. Cerny Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Douglas St. Cerny moved to Fort Myers in 1983, along with his wife and two daughters.

On March 13, 1990, then Governor Bob Martinez appointed him to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners for District 2. He was elected to this office in November 1990 and again in 1994 and 1998.

As Commissioner, Doug has served in many leadership roles and has been the Chairman of the Board for many committees and agencies. Doug has also served as the liaison for the Board of County Commissioners to FGCU since its inception, and continues in that position today. As Commissioner of District 2, he represents the citizens living in the areas of downtown Fort Myers, Dunbar, Tice, Deep Lagoon, Tanglewood, Whiskey Creek, Town & River Estates, the Landings and much of historic McGregor Boulevard.

Doug was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Kiwanis of Southwest Florida.

  • Proceeds from this fund will be awarded to FGCU students who graduated from a Lee County public or private high school;
  • Recipients must be FGCU Intercollegiate Athletes in one of the following sports:  Men's Baseball, Women's Basketball or Women's Volleyball;
  • Recipients must have financial need as determined by the FGCU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Douglas R. St. Cerny Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Douglas St. Cerny moved to Fort Myers in 1983, along with his wife and two daughters.

On March 13, 1990, then Governor Bob Martinez appointed him to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners for District 2. He was elected to this office in November 1990 and again in 1994 and 1998.

As Commissioner, Doug has served in many leadership roles and has been the Chairman of the Board for many committees and agencies. Doug has also served as the liaison for the Board of County Commissioners to FGCU since its inception, and continues in that position today. As Commissioner of District 2, he represents the citizens living in the areas of downtown Fort Myers, Dunbar, Tice, Deep Lagoon, Tanglewood, Whiskey Creek, Town & River Estates, the Landings and much of historic McGregor Boulevard.

Doug was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Kiwanis of Southwest Florida.

  • The recipient will have financial need based on the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • The recipient will be an undergraduate level student.
  • The recipient(s) will be full-time degree seeking students enrolled in the College of Education.
Dr. Jo Stecher Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

When Jo Stecher’s 60th birthday rolled around, she invited her friends to join her to celebrate. But in lieu of gifts, she asked that they make a donation to a scholarship for nursing students instead. Now she is expanding her own support of the University beyond the Jo Stecher Nursing Scholarship by bequeathing the assets of her life insurance policy to the University when she passes. In addition to being a donor, Dr. Stecher is also an assistant professor in the FGCU School of Nursing, focusing on gerontology and end-of-life issues. “It is such a new and growing university,” Dr. Stecher said, “and the School of Nursing is young as well. I want to foster a commitment by students to give back as well as to excel in their profession. I feel very fortunate to be able to make this gift.” Dr. Stecher cares deeply about her students, challenging them on a daily basis to be the best that they can be. Her love and passion for the nursing profession and the School of Nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University will be remembered by all of the students, faculty and staff who have learned from her, worked with her and who benefit from her scholarship.

  • Recipient will be an undergraduate student.
  • Recipient will be admitted into the school of nursing.
  • Recipient will hold a minimum 3.75 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership abilities in student and/or professional organizations.
  • Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the Dr. Jo Stecher Scholarship in successive years.
The Steinway Piano Society Scholarship (4)
 

The Steinway Piano Society of Southwest Florida was founded in 1997. The mission of the society is to stimulate and nourish the musical talent of young people and to enhance the arts in the community.

  • The recipient will be a piano performance major;
  • Dr. Baron will select the recipient and base this selection on demonstrated proficiency;
  • Steinway Piano Society will provide the recipient with a performance opportunity each year that the scholarship is awarded;
  • The recipient may receive the award for a second year if Dr. Baron determines the student to be the best qualified as determined by demonstrated proficiency;
  • If additional criteria are necessary to select the recipient, Dr. Baron will consider financial need and then academic merit.
Robin and Duane Stranahan, Jr. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Duane Stranahan, Jr. serves as owner and chairman of Hydro-Winwell, Inc. He also is chairman and a director of The Trust Company of Toledo, N.A. He graduated from Philips Exeter Academy in 1948.

  • Recipient(s) will be capable, deserving degree-seeking students enrolled at the University.
Robin and Duane Stranahan, Jr. Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Duane Stranahan, Jr. serves as owner and chairman of Hydro-Winwell, Inc. He also is chairman and a director of The Trust Company of Toledo, N.A. He graduated from Philips Exeter Academy in 1948.

  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Academic merit will be considered in making these awards.
Carl Suedhoff Scholarship (3)
 

Carl J. Suedhoff Jr. was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1925; attending public school before entering the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Economics in 1943. After completing one semester he enlisted in the US Army and subsequently served in the 12th Armor Division in France. After the war, Carl received a B.S. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1948 and received a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1951. That same year, he was admitted to the bar. Throughout his career he specialized in litigation, corporate and commercial practice. Carl was civic-minded and held office on various community boards including his church, the YMCA and one of the local veterans posts. He also served on the Allen County (Indiana) Council from 1972 to 1976, serving as President from 1974 to 1976. He was officer, director and chief counsel of Inland Chemical Corporation from 1952 to 1981. Always an accomplished student, he was a kind man with a wry wit and engaging personality. Carl and his wife Carol instilled in their three sons and four grandsons the importance of higher education and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

  • Qualified students will be First Generation students as classified by the State of Florida, meaning that the student will have parents who have not earned baccalaureate degrees and the students will have financial need as defined by the federal government.
  • This scholarship will be awarded annually.
Margaret and Peter Sulick Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mr. Sulick is a native of Fairlawn, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Citadel. He also earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amhurst.

Peter Sulick is president and CEO of Amerisite, LLC, an investment and real estate development company and vice-chairman of SSPCS Corp., an entity with investments in various telecomunications industries.

  • Scholarships will be used to support degree-seeking students enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University;
  • Qualified applicants will desire an education, possess the ability to succeed, but lack the financial resources to attend the University;
  • The University's Scholarship Committee will review the essays, academic records and financial resources of the qualified applicants and provide a recommended list of candidates to the Donor for final selection.
Margaret and Peter Sulick September 11th Fund (4)
 

Mr. Sulick is a native of Fairlawn, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Citadel. He also earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amhurst.

Peter Sulick is president and CEO of Amerisite, LLC, an investment and real estate development company and vice-chairman of SSPCS Corp., an entity with investments in various telecomunications industries.

  • Recipient(s) will be children of the uniformed firefighters, police officers, or emergency medical technicians who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
  • Careful, thoughtful, and sympathetic attention will be given to the advice and recommendations of Margaret and Peter Sulick when selecting the students to be awarded the scholarships.
  • Up to four qualifying students at any one time will receive a $20,000 scholarship awarded over a period of four years ($5,000 annually per student), provided the students remain eligible to receive the awards.
  • To remain eligible, the scholarship recipient(s) will be required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and hold part-time employment of a minimum of 10 hours a week while attending FGCU.
Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation Scholarship (3)
  • Recipients will maintain at least a 2.75 GPA
  • Recipients will have demonstrated Leadership abilities
  • Recipients will have financial need. A stronger emphasis should be placed on financial need than academic merit.
Southwest Florida Chapter, P. G. A. Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

The Southwest Florida section of the PGA of America is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards or practice; and enhance the well-being of golf professionals.

This organization currently has approximately 1,600 members and apprentices employed at more than 425 facilities in South Florida.

  • The recipients will be undergraduate degree-seeking students.
  • A scholarship will be awarded annually to one male and one female student-athlete who participate in golf.
Dr. E. J. Arpin-Sypert and Dr. George W. Sypert Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Dr. George W. Sypert graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. He completed his residency training in surgery from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and fellowship in neurosurgery from the University of Washington Medical Center.

Dr. Elaine Joy Arpin received her medical degree from the University of Manitoba. She completed her residency training in diagnostic radiology from Massachusetts General Hospital and her fellowship in neurosurgery.

Drs. George and Joy Sypert are board certified neurosurgeons. Their research is published in medical journals.

  • Qualified recipient(s) will be Music majors in the Bower School of Music.
Taste of Collier, in honor of Ray & June Singer Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Taste of Collier was started by a few local members of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. They wanted to hold an event to express their gratitude for the year round residents that patronize local restaurants. That event was a success, so they made it annual tradition. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities during these events.

  • Recipients will be upper level undergraduate students majoring in Resort and Hospitality Management with an interest in food and beverage or restaurant management as a career;
  • Recipients will be residents of Florida.
Linda and Bob Taylor Endowed Scholarship Fund (5)
 

Linda and Robert “Bob” Taylor have a long-time association with Florida Gulf Coast University and with Southwest Florida. They established this scholarship in 1999 to help students who have the desire to enter the teaching profession. 

Linda has been very involved in education in the area. She is a former elementary school teacher and was the founding chair of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. She established the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program in Lee County.

Linda was also a founding member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Board of Directors and served as the second chair of the Foundation, after Charlie Edwards’ term. She continues to serve on the Foundation Board as a past chairperson.

They have been active in supporting improvements in public education at all levels.

 

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • Recipient(s) must be business or education majors.
  • Recipient(s) must have graduated from a high school (public or private) located in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee county.
  • Recipient(s) must have been residents of the five-county area for the past two years.
  • Recipient(s) must be drug-free and crime-free as demonstrated by an absence of any criminal record.
THA Foundation Scholarship (4)
 

Thomas Haggai is chairman and CEO of IGA, Inc. The THA Foundation was established by Mr. Haggai in 1963. The mission of the Foundation has evolved over the years to include the support of non-traditional student preparing for careers in early or middle childhood education. The Board of Governors of the Foundation has recognized the shortage of of qualified teachers in those specific areas, and through scholarships hopes to aid in reducing this crisis.

  • The Board of Governors of THA Foundation recognizes the national shortage of classroom teachers, particularly in Early Childhood through 6th grade. To help alleviate this shortage and to support nontraditional students, THA offers scholarship assistance for tuition, fees and books.
  • An essential requirement is that a student demonstrates high potential for entering and remaining in the field of Elementary Education as a classroom teacher.
  • A nontraditional student, as defined by THA Foundation, is an individual who has graduated from high school; is 23 years old or older; and lacks both a college degree and a fully-authorized (non-emergency, non-temporary) teaching license (credential, certificate) or who holds a college degree but lacks a fully-authorized (non-emergency, non-temporary) teaching license (credential, certificate).
  • THA Foundation Scholarship candidates will be recommended to the Board of Governors of THA Foundation by a committee from Florida Gulf Coast University under the following guidelines: Students must make a commitment to teach at the elementary school grade level, one year for each year of scholarship support; Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 to be eligible for consideration and must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher for renewal of the scholarship; THA recipients must be enrolled as full-time students; Scholarship awards may vary depending on the needs of the individual students, with maximum award of $5,000 per year, $2,500 per term. A summer school session may be considered one of the terms; Recipients must be US citizens (natural or nationalized) and will be expected to fulfill their teaching obligation within the confines of the United States.
  • The University will provide appropriate publicity announcing the availability of scholarship assistance from THA Foundation.
  • No later than April 30, Florida Gulf Coast University will send to Tom Haggai & Associates Foundation a list and background information on students recommended to receive a THA Foundation scholarship.
  • Once approved by THA Foundation's Board of Governors, Florida Gulf Coast University will notify students of scholarship awards.
  • Additional gifts, living and testamentary, may be added to the Fund at any time by any interested party. All gifts to the THA Foundation Scholarship Fund are irrevocable.
  • Revised 10/1/09
Ronald L. & Teresa R. Thatcher Endowed Scholarship Fund In Memory of Lucretia Nichols (3)
  • Recipient will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Recipient will be an undergraduate student.
  • Recipient must be a resident of Collier County.
  • Recipient must have graduated from a Collier County high school.
  • Preference will be given to students whose education has been interupted, or delayed and who now desire to further their education in order to provide a better life for themselves and their family.
Tier Electric Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Tier Electric has not only helped contruct some of the buildings on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus, it is also helping University students build their futures. The company has created the Tier Electric Endowment Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships to Lee and Collier county students with financial need.

"We like to do business with people who do business with us," said John Cammarate, who is one of the company's owners. "The university has always been part of the Tier Electric team. We thought what's better than putting our resources back into those who have helped our company grow?"

  • Recipient(s) will be undergraduate or graduate students of FGCU.
  • Recipient(s) must be residents of Lee or Collier Counties and are deserving and need-based as determined by the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
  • Preference will be given to students who are employees or relatives of employees of Tier Electric.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis to three or more students.
  • A student may receive the scholarship in successive years and no preference or penalty may be given for prior awards.
Ruth U. Tobe Competitive Music Scholarship Fund. (3)
 

Ms. Ruth Tobe is of German descent and studied abroad in Switzerland.  She taught art in Louisville.  She currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida.

  • Recipients will be music majors.
  • Scholarships will be awarded through a competitive process determined in joint cooperation with the donor and the music faculty. The donor may elect to participate in the competitive process.
Ronald and Kathy Toll Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

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  • Preference will be given to students who have completed the PACE Center Program.
  • The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive the scholarship in successive years.
Town & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Mary Frances Howard (3)
 

In 1982, Mrs. William Thomas Howard (Mary Frances) decided that an organization of ladies with a keen interest in higher education would benefit Southwest Florida. The first official meeting of Town & Gown was held on February 22, 1984. With the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University on August 25, 1997, Town & Gown began its service to the university in many ways, such as assisting with receptions, leadership luncheons, faculty and student recognitions, graduations, special projects and participation in the giving of financial aid to students through the Town & Gown Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Town & Gown Endowed Scholarships are given each year In Memory of Mary Frances Howard.

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking.
  • Recipients will be United States citizens.
  • Recipients will be female.
  • Recipients will have a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • Recipients will be of good character.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students may be considered for this scholarship.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Provided the students remain eligible, the scholarships may be re-awarded.
Arthur W. Tunnell, Jr. Accounting Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Arthur W. Tunnell, Jr. was born on September 16, 1915 in Southampton, Long Island, New York to the late Ethel L. Wood and Arthur W. Tunnell, Sr. Mr. Tunnell graduated in 1937 with a bachelor’s degree from Drexel Institute of Technology, now Drexel University, in Philadelphia, where he studied accounting and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Thereafter, he became a Certified Public Accountant and a longtime member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was an avid golfer, bowler, and fisherman. He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant (SC) in the Pacific during WWII from November 22, 1942 until honorable discharged on February 3, 1946. After practicing accounting in New York with Peat Marwick, he worked for Standard Vacuum Oil Company (now Mobil Oil Company) in Sungel Gerong, Sumatra, Indonesia, for ten years. Thereafter, he joined the foreign service and served as Comptroller for the United States Agency for International Development in various countries, including Taiwan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, Turkey, and Nepal. In 1975 he retired to Fort Myers. He was married for over 50 years to Amelia Hamilton Cornell Tunnell, from Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Tunnell passed away on Monday, September 5, 2005.

This scholarship was created by his children, Arthur W. Tunnell, III, Margaret O. Tunnell, Louise Torri and his dear friend, Steven “Rusty” Whitley. 

  • The University will select the deserving recipient(s) of the scholarship.
  • Qualified candidates will be majoring in Accounting at the University.
  • Once enrollment has been verified, the Foundation will notify the Donors of the selection.
  • The Foundation will provide the annual recipient(s) with the Scholarship Historical Pamphlet on Mr. Tunnell.
  • The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis.
  • Recipient(s) will not be eligible for renewal.
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #1 (5)
 

United Christian Giving Inc.'s mission is to establish $10,000 endowment funds, matching grants and scholarships, along with providing networking and informational luncheons for local Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

United Christian Giving is about far more than just money. It provides networking so that each ministry can benefit from the other. It also provides informational luncheons for the various groups that it helps so that they obtain community exposure. It tries to provide community attention so that the staff of the groups that it helps can do the work of the ministry instead of having to spend all their time raising funds.

It is the goal of United Christian Giving to make sure that as much money as possible goes directly to the Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients must be members of McGregor Baptist Church.
  • If there are no students meeting the criteria, the fund will accrue until criteria are met.
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #2 (5)
 

United Christian Giving Inc.'s mission is to establish $10,000 endowment funds, matching grants and scholarships, along with providing networking and informational luncheons for local Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

United Christian Giving is about far more than just money. It provides networking so that each ministry can benefit from the other. It also provides informational luncheons for the various groups that it helps so that they obtain community exposure. It tries to provide community attention so that the staff of the groups that it helps can do the work of the ministry instead of having to spend all their time raising funds.

It is the goal of United Christian Giving to make sure that as much money as possible goes directly to the Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients must be graduates of Mount Hermon Christian School, Fort Myers.
  • Mount Herman Christian School board members will recommend students to receive the awards.
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #3 (5)
 

United Christian Giving Inc.'s mission is to establish $10,000 endowment funds, matching grants and scholarships, along with providing networking and informational luncheons for local Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

United Christian Giving is about far more than just money. It provides networking so that each ministry can benefit from the other. It also provides informational luncheons for the various groups that it helps so that they obtain community exposure. It tries to provide community attention so that the staff of the groups that it helps can do the work of the ministry instead of having to spend all their time raising funds.

It is the goal of United Christian Giving to make sure that as much money as possible goes directly to the Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients must be (or have been) clients of Cornerstone Ministries.
United Christian Giving Scholarship Fund #4 (5)
 

United Christian Giving Inc.'s mission is to establish $10,000 endowment funds, matching grants and scholarships, along with providing networking and informational luncheons for local Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

United Christian Giving is about far more than just money. It provides networking so that each ministry can benefit from the other. It also provides informational luncheons for the various groups that it helps so that they obtain community exposure. It tries to provide community attention so that the staff of the groups that it helps can do the work of the ministry instead of having to spend all their time raising funds.

It is the goal of United Christian Giving to make sure that as much money as possible goes directly to the Christ-centered evangelistic organizations.

  • Qualified candidates must be undergraduate students.
  • Awards will be distributed based on financial need.
  • Additionally, two state criteria have been satisfied because they already are requirements for graduation at FGCU: community service and enrollment/passing grade in a business ethics course.
  • The recipients will be graduates of Fort Myers Christian School.
US Bank, N.A. Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Based in Minneapolis, U.S. Bank is the sixth largest commercial bank in the United States and operates two trust and investment services offices in Florida, one in Naples and the other in West Palm Beach.

  • Recipient(s) will be students who are deserving and need-based as determined by the FGCU Foundation Committee.
United States Sugar Corporation Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

United States Sugar Corporation is a technologically-advanced agricultural and food manufacturing company which produces sugar and citrus products for a variety of national and global brands.

  • The recipients will be residents of Hendry or Glades County.
Utilities Structures, Inc., Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Utilities Structures, Inc. was established by professionals in the concrete product industry with over twenty years of experience. They produce and distribute prestressed concrete lighting poles throughout the state of Florida.

 "Utilities Structures and its other concrete products associated companies were founded by long-time residents of Lee County," says Gay Thompson, president of Cements Industries, Inc. "By establishing an endowed fund at Florida Gulf Coast University, we are proudly supporting our area's university, insuring that the financial means are available to students pursuing engineering careers, and investing in our own industry's viability."

  • Recipient will be enrolled full time at the University and will be majoring in Civil Engineering.
  • Recipients will be in their junior or senior year.
  • Recipients will have graduated from a high school located in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee Counties.
  • Recipients will have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
George C. Van Rhee Scholarship Fund (3)
  • The FGCU scholarship committee has full authority to select recipients
Mary D. Van Slyke Memorial Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Mary Van Slyke was born on February 9, 1921 in Mooresburg, TN. She moved to Iowa with her family and graduated from high school in 1938 at the top of her class. She later moved to Knoxville, TN where she attended secretarial school. Upon graduation, she worked as Executive Secretary for the Army Corps of Engineers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They were building the houses and facilities for the people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, which led to the development of the atomic bomb.

In 1948, she married Glen E. Van Slyke, Jr. who owned a Ford Dealership in Oak Ridge. They had one daughter and one son and both are attorneys.

Mrs. Van Slyke died of stomach cancer in Fort Myers in 1990. She and her husband had been married 42 years.

After hearing about the scholarships through the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, Mr. Van Slyke decided that would be a nice way to memorialize his late wife.

  • Recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Full consideration will be given to students who are working to the best of their ability even under less than ideal life circumstances. Need may be determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • The values of hard work, perseverance, and the ability to achieve goals are important elements in determining who will receive this award. Academic merit is also to be considered.
  • The recipient will possess a great desire to achieve a higher education.
Joyce Anne Vitelli Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Joyce Anne Vitelli was born in Hornell, N.Y., and graduated from Canisteo Central School and Syracuse University.

Mrs. Vitelli loved music and reveled in teaching others to love it, too. In addition to working as a music teacher, she devoted many years to volunteering to support several music-focused organizations.

A resident of Naples, she died in April 2006 at the age of 67. Her husband of 42 years, Raymond Vitelli, created the Joyce Anne Vitelli Scholarship Fund to honor her memory.

  • Three members of the teaching faculty of the Bower School of Music shall comprise the committee which will be in charge of awarding the scholarships. The committee members shall rotate annually.
  •  Recipient will be music majors in the Bower School of Music with the intent of a vocation in music. Scholarship is not to be awarded to students with only an avocation interest in music.
  •  Recipients will show exceptional musical proficiency. All else being equal, preference will be given to students with a career interest in music composition or music performance.
  • First Priority shall be given to students who graduated from the Village School of Naples; or formerly participated in the Artis-Naples Youth Orchestra
  • Second priority should be given to students with career interest in music composition or performance; or student with financial need
  •  Kappa Alpha Theta sorority members are disqualified from this scholarship. (The Joyce Anne Vitelli Scholarship at Theta will support those students.)
  •  The Donor desires the scholarship awards be distributed fairly equally.
Dolph and Sharon von Arx Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Dolph von Arx is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Planters LifeSavers Company, an affiliate of RJR Nabisco. He retired from the position after thirty-three years in the consumer products business sector. Prior to joining the RJR Nabisco organization, Mr. von Arx was executive vice president of Thomas J. Lipton, Inc. and a member of its board of directors and executive committee.

Mr. von Arx is a former board member and lead director of Cree, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of Northern Trust Southeast Region and Sanibel Captiva Trust. He is a retired director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. and International Multifoods. He is director emeritus of Wachovia Bank and Trust, and served as chairman of the board of Wake Forest University's Graduate School of Management.

He recently chaired the Regional Business Alliance of Southwest Florida, as well as the Biomedical Leadership Council of the Economic Development Council of Collier County. He is immediate former chairman of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. He recently retired after serving ten years as chairman of the NCH Healthcare System. Additionally, he is a former board member of the FGCU School of Business and the Naples Museum of Art. He is president of the von Arx Family Foundation.

A native of St. Louis, Mr. von Arx is a graduate of Washington University and a former naval aviator. He and his wife, Sharon Landolt von Arx, have three children and seven grandchildren and reside in Naples, Florida.

  • Annual scholarship will be awarded from the fund to deserving First Generation students as defined by the Florida Department of Education's First Generation Matching Grant Program.
  • Specifically, the recipient(s) will meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of State student financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are requested. A student's residency status is determined by the post secondary institution.
  • Not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program.
  • Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
  • Be a First Generation college student. A student is considered "First Generation" if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student would also be eligible if s/he regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • Be accepted at the University.
  • Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The University will request 50% matching gift from the University Major Gifts Challenge Grant Program. Upon receipt, the matching gift will be added to the Dolph and Sharon von Arx Scholarship Fund to further benefit University students through scholarships.
Dolph and Sharon von Arx Fellowship Fund (3)
 

Dolph von Arx is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Planters LifeSavers Company, an affiliate of RJR Nabisco. He retired from the position after thirty-three years in the consumer products business sector. Prior to joining the RJR Nabisco organization, Mr. von Arx was executive vice president of Thomas J. Lipton, Inc. and a member of its board of directors and executive committee.

Mr. von Arx is a former board member and lead director of Cree, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of Northern Trust Southeast Region and Sanibel Captiva Trust. He is a retired director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. and International Multifoods. He is director emeritus of Wachovia Bank and Trust, and served as chairman of the board of Wake Forest University's Graduate School of Management.

He recently chaired the Regional Business Alliance of Southwest Florida, as well as the Biomedical Leadership Council of the Economic Development Council of Collier County. He is immediate former chairman of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. He recently retired after serving ten years as chairman of the NCH Healthcare System. Additionally, he is a former board member of the FGCU School of Business and the Naples Museum of Art. He is president of the von Arx Family Foundation.

A native of St. Louis, Mr. von Arx is a graduate of Washington University and a former naval aviator. He and his wife, Sharon Landolt von Arx, have three children and seven grandchildren and reside in Naples, Florida.

  • Recipients will be degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in the Executive MBA Program who do not receive tuition assistance from their employers.
Leah Walden Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Robert and Jenny Walden established this scholarship fund to help students who desire a career in nursing to gain the knowledge necessary for success. The scholarship fund was named for their daughter who died shortly after childbirth.

Jenny graduated from University of Georgia in 1977 with a Bachelor's degree, and earned a Master's degree in Accounting from Macon College in 1982. She worked as a personal accountant.

Robert was in charge of maintenance at The Club at Pelican Bay golf course.

  • The recipients must be full-time degree-seeking students;
  • The recipients must be majoring in nursing.
  • The award will be made for tuition and books.
The Idell A. Walkoe Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation (4)
 

Idell Walkoe (September  26, 1912 - November, 2007) attended the University of Chicago as a young woman when it was unusual for women to earn college degrees. She felt her business education afforded her many advantages in life. With this legacy scholarship she seeks to provide others with like advantages. She worked for many years at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago before retiring to Florida in 1969 with her husband Albert Walkoe who passed away in 1975. For 23 years she lived in Bradenton, FL. Among her philanthropic interests was sponsoring as many as a dozen seeing eye dogs through their training at Southwestern Guide Dogs.

  • The intent of this scholarship is to provide assistance to students in need. Ideal candidates for this scholarship will be students who are experiencing financial quandaries because of federal and/or state aid regulations. Therefore, sources other than the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) may be used to determine financial need.
  • The Donor’s representative may recommend scholarship applicants for consideration.
  • Final selection of recipients will be the responsibility of the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
Lori Johnson Wallace Memorial Scholarship for Music Pedagogic Excellence Fund (3)
 

Lori Johnson, hornist, attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where she studied horn with Frederick Bergstone of the Clarion Wind Quintet. She received a Bachelor's degree of Music "With Honor" in French Horn performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Thomas Howell of the Chicago Symphony. Lori has been a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Galilee Symphony Orchestra in Israel, and the Guanajuato Symphony in Mexico. She was a founding member of the Colima Wind Quintet in Colima, Mexico. She has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the North Carolina School of the Arts Siena Session in Siena, Italy. Lori has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate students majoring in Music;
  • Community service required by the University will be related to the music in public school and/or other music pedagogy;
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated their commitment to creative K-12 music instruction and have the ability to bring the music alive to classroom students;
  • The University will present qualified candidates to the Director of Music for faculty's recommendation.
Wanderlust Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Proceeds will be awarded to FGCU students enrolled in the Resort and Hospitality Management Program.
  • Recipient(s) will be in their junior or senior year.
  • Recipient(s) will have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Recipient(s) must have financial need as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
  • Recipient(s) will be recommended by the Director of the Resort and Hospitality Program from a qualified list of candidates provided by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
Cecile Liston Wang Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

One of FGCU’s early supporters has made a gift that will enable many future students to achieve their families’ dreams of higher education and better lives. David I. J. Wang, and his wife, Cecile Liston Wang, first created the Cecile Liston Wang Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1999. In 2012, Wang established The Immokalee Fund.

“Such magnanimous gifts will have a ripple effect on our scholarship program,” said President Wilson G. Bradshaw. Their gifts are changing lives, bettering the community and society, and encouraging others to reflect on their own philanthropic philosophies and make decisions that will accomplish a greater good.” For 15 years, the Wangs have supported the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a community-based organization fighting to improve wages and working conditions for farm laborers. This is the most deserving cause that I have been involved with. Just seeing the poverty in Immokalee tells me there’s got to be some way for the new generation to do better than the old generation,” David I. J. Wang said. “A scholarship fund gets an immediate return on investment.”

Born in Beijing, China, Wang emigrated with his family after World War II and earned degrees in engineering from George Washington University and Georgia Tech. He retired in 2010 after a career as an executive in private equity investment and at International Paper Co. and Union Carbide Corp. He has served as a trustee of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • Recipients will be full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students.
Val Ward Family College of Business Endowed Fund (3)
  • Proceeds will be used each year as designated by the Dean of the College of Business where the need is greatest and may be used for any purpose including, but not limited to, salaries, program expenses, capital projects, books, materials, and scholarships.
Southwest Florida Water Environment Association Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipient(s) will be majoring in Civil Engineering or Environmental Studies.
  • Recipient(s) will maintain a 3.2 GPA at the University.
  • Recipient(s) will be permanent residents of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County, Florida.
William O. Webb Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Lutgert College of Business
  • Recipients will show an interest in entrepreneurship
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the Scholarship Committee
  • Preference will be given to First Generation students
  • Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the William O. Webb Scholarship in successive years
Robert A. Weiss, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

At the time of his death, Robert A. Weiss, Jr. was an elementary education major at the University of South Florida – Fort Myers Campus. His mother and sisters established this memorial so that others who shared Robert’s dream of teaching would have the opportunity to have that dream realized.

  • Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to support FGCU students who are studying Elementary Education with the intent to teach.
  • Recipient(s) must have at least a 2.5 out of a 4.0 GPA.
  • Recipient(s) are to be rising juniors or seniors.
  • It is the donors' preference that recipients be students who are continuing their education, having returned to college with the ability and desire to succeed as teachers, even though this ability may not be reflected in their grade point average.
Wells Fargo Foundation Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Wells Fargo is a big company, one of America’s largest financial institutions. It has a significant international presence. It is one of the world’s 40 largest employers and America’s 12th-largest private employer, with 275,000 team members. Wells Fargo's stock market value exceeds $130 billion, making it one of the world’s 35 top companies in market value. Forbes ranks it among the world’s top 50 companies based on a composite of sales, assets, profits and market value. Wells Fargo is in the top 20 among all U.S. companies in profits and market value.

At Wells Fargo, education is a top priority of its corporate giving initiative, which is why it is extremely proud to support Florida Gulf Coast University with scholarship endowments.

  • The recipients must be full-time students;
  • The recipients must have financial need;
  • The recipients must have the ability and desire to succeed.
Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund #2 (3)
 

Wells Fargo is a big company, one of America’s largest financial institutions. It has a significant international presence. It is one of the world’s 40 largest employers and America’s 12th-largest private employer, with 275,000 team members. Wells Fargo's stock market value exceeds $130 billion, making it one of the world’s 35 top companies in market value. Forbes ranks it among the world’s top 50 companies based on a composite of sales, assets, profits and market value. Wells Fargo is in the top 20 among all U.S. companies in profits and market value.

At Wells Fargo, education is a top priority of its corporate giving initiative, which is why it is extremely proud to support Florida Gulf Coast University with scholarship endowments.

  • The recipients will possess a 3.5 GPA or higher;
  • The recipients will have shown leadership potential as demonstrated by participation in student government and/or other types of like activities.
Wells FargoScholarship Fund #3 (3)
 

Wells Fargo is a big company, one of America’s largest financial institutions. It has a significant international presence. It is one of the world’s 40 largest employers and America’s 12th-largest private employer, with 275,000 team members. Wells Fargo's stock market value exceeds $130 billion, making it one of the world’s 35 top companies in market value. Forbes ranks it among the world’s top 50 companies based on a composite of sales, assets, profits and market value. Wells Fargo is in the top 20 among all U.S. companies in profits and market value.

At Wells Fargo, education is a top priority of its corporate giving initiative, which is why it is extremely proud to support Florida Gulf Coast University with scholarship endowments.

  • Recipients must have lived in Charlotte, Collier, or Lee counties for the past two years;
  • Recipients must be working on their MBA (either traditional MBA or Executive MBA) at the University;
  • In addition, recipients will have demonstrated need in order to continue their education.
Kevin S. White Memorial Art Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
  •  To be eligible, applicants must:

  • • Be undergraduate degree-seeking visual arts majorsenrolled at the University;

  • • Have earned 30 or more credit hours from a nationally-accredited postsecondary institution.

  • Preference will be given to:

  • • Non-traditional students;

  • • Students pursuing their first bachelor's degree;

  • • Individuals who have demonstrated passion with regards to sharing art with people and/or promoting healing through their art.

  • • Individuals who have overcome significant personal obstacles.

  • Relatives of Kevin S. White are not eligible for the scholarship.

  • TheVisual Art faculty will recommend up to five students for Donor consideration

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Steve and Rose Wilhelm Family Scholarship Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be undergraduates majoring in Engineering;
  • The recipients' general behavior and dress must be acceptable in traditional society.
Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Wilma Gestefeld (3)
 

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  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need;
  • Recipients will be majoring in Nursing;
  • Recipients will hold a 3.0 GPA or higher;
  • The recipients of this scholarship will also be awarded the Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Florence Williams.
Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Florence Williams (3)
 

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  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need;
  • Recipients will be majoring in Nursing;
  • Recipients will hold a 3.0 GPA or higher;
  • The recipients of this scholarship will also be awarded the Thomas and Donna Williams Scholarship Fund - In Memory of Wilma Gestefeld.
Myra N. and Van Zandt Williams, Jr. Scholarship (3)
 

Dr. Myra Williams knows first-hand what it takes to become an accomplished pianist. As a teenager, she devoted long hours to mastering the instrument. Her talent and hard work won her a piano solo with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Although she pursued a career in science rather than music, becoming a successful executive in the pharmaceutical industry, she remains dedicated to the piano and music in general, serving as a board member for the Naples Music Club.

Her husband, Dr. Van Zandt Williams, Jr., spent more than two decades as vice president of development for Princeton University.

Their combined passions for music and higher education led them to establish an endowed scholarship fund for piano majors at Florida Gulf Coast University.

  • Recipient will be enrolled in the Bower School of Music and majoring in piano.
  • The Head of Piano Studies will select the recipient based on demonstrated proficiency and performance career goal.
  • Recipients may receive the award for a second year if the Head of Piano Studies determines the recipients are best qualified.
  • If additional criteria are necessary to determine best qualified, the Head of Piano Studies will consider financial need, then academic merit.
Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Aspiring pediatricians will receive financial assistance through a scholarship fund established by the SWFL Children's Charities. The not-for-profit organization that stages a highly successful wine festival fundraiser each year has created the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Dr. Steve Machiz, founding Chairman of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, says, "Our mission is to help the children of Southwest Florida. The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is our primary beneficiary. We are delighted with our new partnership with FGCU. Establishing a medical scholarship to help deserving residents of Southwest Florida become pediatricians fits nicely with our mission."

  • Recipients will be enrolled in the 3+4 program partnership between the University and another Florida medical school (Three years at the University in pre-med and 4 years at a Florida medical school to complete their medical school program).
  • The scholarship will be awarded to students at the beginning of their sophomore year.
  • To be eligible for a second-year award, students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA and have completed a one-summer internship at The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida between their sophomore and junior years.
  • It is encouraged that students spend time with practicing pediatricians in their offices during internships.
  • Preference will be given to students who have graduated from high school in the five-county Southwest Florida region (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry or Glades Counties).
  • Preference will be given to students who express interest in Pediatrics as their chosen medical specialty.
Frankie Mae Winton Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

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  • Recipient will be from the Dunbar Community of Fort Myers.
  • Recipient will have a desire to live on campus in the year they receive the scholarship.
  • To remain eligable to receive the award in successive years the recipient must maintian a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Dr. Gerald C. Wrobel Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Three friends of the late Gerald C. Wrobel, MD, partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to establish an endowed scholarship fund to support degree-seeking students enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Health Professionals.

Wrobel, a Fort Myers physician, died in 1998 while on a hunting expedition in Zambia, Africa. Jeffrey R. Bristol, Enid Weis, and John C. Kagan, MD established the scholarship fund named for him.  Bristol, who was Dr. Wrobel’s closest friend, had accompanied him on the hunting trip. Kagan was also a close friend and partner in their Fort Myers orthopedic practice for 18 years. Weis was Wrobel’s fiancé. The couple had plans to marry shortly after the ill-fated trip.

“Jeff (Bristol) came up with the idea to establish the scholarship,” Weis said.  “I had wanted to do something, and this was a perfect idea. 'Wrobie' was absolutely adamant about higher education, and he was such a caring, giving person. I know he would approve of this.”

Kagan said he thought the scholarship was a fitting way to remember his colleague, whom he described as one of a kind.  “There are few people in a lifetime who prove themselves to be as devoted and loyal a friend as he was,” Kagan said of Dr. Wrobel. “I don’t want him to be forgotten. I think this is a good way of ensuring that.”

The Gerald C. Wrobel Scholarship Fund was started to aid FGCU students seeking a career in health care.

  • Recipients will be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • Academic merit will be considered when selecting recipients.
  • Recipients must be enrolled in the College of Health Professions.
  • Recipients must have graduated from a high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee County.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to remain eligible.
Elizabeth Franklin, George & Carol Yovanovich Memorial Fund (3)
  • Recipients will be majoring in the College of Education.
Yovanovich Family Scholarship (3)
 

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  • Qualified recipients will be student athletes.
  • Preference will be given to females.
  • This scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and students who continue to qualify may be awarded the Yovanovich Family Scholarship in successive years.
Jovan Zepcevski Engineering Scholarship Endowed Fund (3)
 

Jovan Zepcevski knows first-hand the immense value of a good education and marketable skills in building a successful life.

It's what helped him leave behind his communist homeland of Yogoslavia and create a free and successful life as a civil engineer and contractor in the United States.

And it's why he chose to support Florida Gulf Coast University's engineering program with donations that fund scholarships and assist in equipping Holmes Hall, the home of the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering.

Mr. Zepcevski is owner and president of Zep Construction, Inc. The company was established in 1973 and works mostly on highway, street, and bridge construction.  

  • Recipient(s) will be FGCU engineering students who are civil engineering majors in their junior or senior year.
  • Recipient(s) will have a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Recipient(s) must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FGCU Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarships are to be awarded on an annual basis and a student may receive this scholarship in successive years.
Zonta Endowed Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Zonta Club of the Fort Myers Area, chartered in February 1974, is a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions who work to improve the legal, political, economic, and professional status of women.

  • The recipients must be enrolled as fully-admitted, degree-seeking students.
  • The recipients must be female.
  • The recipients should demonstrate high academic achievement and promise.
  • The recipients should demonstrate high economic need.
  • Preference should be given to women who are returning to school with families and/or women whose other avenues for grants or scholarships have been exhausted.
  • Awards may be made to undergraduate or graduate students, full- or part-time.
  • Decisions concerning numbers and amounts of Zonta scholarships should be made in consultation with representation from Zonta Club of Fort Myers Area.
Zonta for Women Scholarship Fund (3)
 

Zonta Club of the Fort Myers Area, chartered in February 1974, is a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions who work to improve the legal, political, economic, and professional status of women.

  • Recipients will have financial need as determined by the scholarship application and/or the federal aid application.
  • The recipients must be female.
  • The recipients must demonstrate high academic achievement and promise.
  • Preference will be given to women, with families, who are returning to school and/or women whose other avenues for grants and scholarships have been exhausted.
  • The recipients must be full-admitted, degree-seeking students, but may be full- or part-time students.

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