Scholarship Opportunities

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

The Hilliard Scholarships – $2,000

Several $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 two years of state college tuition and local fees to select freshman and sophomore high school 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.

Berne Davis Future Teacher Scholarship – $5,000

Mrs. Berne Davis was dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, a sense of purpose, unending self-improvement, and a commitment to helping others. This scholarship in her name is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in education.

Single Parent Scholarship – $1,000
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.

Veteran’s Scholarship – $1000

This scholarship is awarded to a Veteran 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.  This scholarship is not age specific.

PACE Center for Girls Scholarship – $1,000

PACE Center for Girls, Lee County nominates a current student for this scholarship. The student must have completed the Uncommon Friends Character Education Curriculum and demonstrate the character traits of the Uncommon Friends including loyalty, friendship, honesty, and integrity.

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 scholarships@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 digital color photograph. These must be accompanied by a letter from a sponsoring organization such as a social service agency, school counselor, teacher, or principal.

Application packets must be emailed to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org no later than April 1, 2017. 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.

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. We will mail your scholarship award directly to your college or university once we receive verification of your registration. Please have this information emailed to uffbookkeeping@gmail.com or mailed to P.O. Box 811, Fort Myers, FL 33902. The recipient’s social security number must be included with this information.


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 the Uncommon Friends Foundation.


Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Uncommon Friends Foundation Annual Uncommon Evening gala, in the Foundation’s newsletter entitled, “Hello Friends,” and on the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s website.

Deadline:  April 1, 2017.