Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are awarded to students in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry Counties.

The Hilliard Scholarship – $2,000

Five $2,000 tuition scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors in Glades and Hendry Counties who will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University.

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Scholarship
Uncommon Friends Foundation and Florida Prepaid College Foundation cooperate to provide scholarship for 2 years of State College tuition and local fees to select ninth grade students who contract to succeed in high school, stay free of drugs and crime, and fulfill other scholarship conditions.

Special Recognition Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to someone who has a financial need, the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits. It may be used for books or a portion of educational costs and is not for the current term.

High Tech Center Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist with the tuition, books and supplies for one term at a High Tech Center. There are no age requirements. This award is not for the current term, and is to be used for expenses not covered by other scholarships or grants.

The Boy Scouts of America Scholarship – $400
Boy Scouts of America and the Uncommon Friends Foundation share ideals. Eagle Scout scholarships help pay for books in the first semester of college. In addition to successfully completing rigorous requirement to reach the highest rank, each Eagle Scout has completed a special project. These scholarship recipients are chosen by the Boy Scout Council.

Future Teacher Scholarship – $400
Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, a sense of purpose, unending self-improvement, and a commitment to helping others. This scholarship is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in education.

Single Parent Scholarship – $600
The Single Parent Scholarship helps single parents further their education to gain skills to enter the workforce. This scholarship is focused on single parents who have overcome extraordinary obstacles. This award is not for the current term.

The Lee County Bar Association Scholarship – $1,000
This scholarship is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in law to assist with the tuition, books and supplies at any Florida college/university. It will recognize the student’s exemplary achievements in high school and performance in the Mock Trial Competition. The scholarship recipient is chosen by the Lee County Bar Association.

*Nomination Process*
Nomination forms are emailed to social service agencies, schools and colleges. Scholarships are awarded annually. To be included on this mailing list, please email angela@uncommonfriends.org

Nominees must submit a completed application form, an essay on their reason for applying for the scholarship and how they feel they emulate the traits of the Uncommon Friends, and a 3 x 5 color picture. These must be accompanied by a letter from a sponsoring organization such as a social service agency, school counselor, teacher, principal. *Application packets must be emailed no later than April 1, 2015 to angela@uncommonfriends.org  *Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Photos and essays will not be returned.

*Determination Process*
Each application is reviewed and evaluated by the members of the Scholarship Committee based on the specific criteria required, funds requested and funds available for disbursement. After all applications are reviewed, the Committee will meet to discuss and approve the scholarship awards.

*Notification of Awards*
Recipients of each scholarship will be notified by the Foundation within 45 days of application deadline. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Uncommon Friends Foundation Annual Dinner, in the Foundation’s newsletter “Hello Friends”, and on the Uncommon Friends Foundation website.

*Payment of Awards*
*Requests for payment must be received by December 31 of the year awarded.* Checks are made payable to the school and not to the individual recipient (except for Eagle Scout scholarship). We will mail your scholarship award directly to your college/university once we receive verification of your registration. Please have this information emailed to angela@uncommonfriends.org or mailed to P.O. Box 811, Fort Myers, FL 33902. The recipient’s social security number must be included with this information.

Judging:
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Uncommon Friends Scholarship Committee. Photos and essays will not be returned. All applicants will be notified of their award status through their sponsoring agencies or by Uncommon Friends Foundation.

Deadline:
April 1, 2015

Recognition:
Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Uncommon Friends Foundation Annual Dinner, in “Hello Friends” the Foundation’s newsletter, and on the Uncommon Friends Foundation website.