FGCU Business Ethics Invitational – May 9, 2020

Uncommon Friends Foundation is excited to participate in the FGCU Business Ethics Invitational on Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 9am – 1pm at the FGCU Lutgert College of Business.

High school teams are invited to solve an ethical challenge, with prizes going to the winning team! Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!  Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 scholarship for any continuing education, sponsored by Storm Smart and the Rist Family Foundation.

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Board Member Dr. Aysegul Timur Joins Florida Gulf Coast University Leadership Team

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President Mike Martin has added Aysegul Timur to his leadership team as the assistant vice president of strategic initiatives, strategy and program innovation. Dr, Timur worked at Hodges University for the last 20 years, most recently serving as dean of the Johnson School of Business and senior vice president of academic affairs.

She started at FGCU in April. In her new position, Timur will develop innovative services and experiences that drive improved academic performance for students. She will increase interaction with private and public entities to expand the impact of FGCU in Southwest Florida and across the state.

Timur, who will also work with FGCU’s Regional Economic Research Institute, was recently honored by the Florida College Access Network as one of its first Workforce Education Innovators.

Dr. Michael Martin to be the keynote speaker at the Uncommon Evening Gala – November 14, 2019

Dr. Michael Martin, President of Florida Gulf Coast University

Michael V. Martin, Ph.D., President of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will be the featured keynote speaker at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The event chair is Alexandra Bremner, who will be assisted by co-chair Donna Lovejoy. Save the date and plan to arrive before sunset to enjoy mingling with dignitaries and guests as the sun sets below the horizon and the dinner and awards program begin at 7:00 p.m. and run to 9:00 p.m. Read more

3rd Annual FGCU High School Ethics Case Competition Was a Huge Success

1st Place Team, L to R: Megan Piller, Graham Kupsaw, Kaili Yap,
Zach Taylor, Hannah VanDress, Samuel Bejarano, and Dr. Eric B. Dent

We recently co-sponsored our 3rd Annual High School Ethics Case Competition in conjunction with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business and Lee County Schools. Read more

Michael Tabak, Rachel Brunory and Dr. Eric Dent

FGCU Competes in Business Ethics Case Competition

Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Lutgert College of Business Ethics Case Competition Team recently participated for the third consecutive year in the Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition held at Stetson University. The students were judged on a real-life case study of a current policy issue–“Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards.”

The FGCU team finished as runner-up in their division, tied for fourth place overall for the second consecutive year, and placed the highest of all six participating Florida universities. The team consisted of students Rachel Brunory and Michael Tabak, led by faculty advisors Dr. Jerry Schoenfeld and Dr. Eric Dent, Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair Professor of Ethics. The students spend the three weeks leading up to the competition at Stetson preparing their arguments on the case, which comprehensively range from financial analyses to ethical analyses.

The competition included competitive teams from universities as far flung as Simon Fraser University near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

UFF Announces Business Ethics Award Finalists for 2018

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2018 Business Ethics Award. The finalists are Chris-Tel Construction, PBS Contractors and Priority Marketing.

As part of the final judging, finalists and area business leaders will jointly participate at the 13th Annual Ethical Leadership Conference on October 23 hosted by the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. The round table discussion will focus on ethical challenges Southwest Florida executives face in business. The winner of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held November 8at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Past winners of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Business Ethics Award include Pushing the Envelope (2017), CPR Tools, Inc. (2016), CRS Technology (2015), Sunshine Ace Hardware (2014), Ted Todd Insurance Agency (2013), Hope HealthCare Services (2012), Conditioned Air (2011), Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company (2010), Shell Point Retirement Community (2009), Bonita Bay Group (2008), WilsonMiller, Inc. (2007),  and HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation (2006).

For information on Uncommon Evening tickets and sponsorships, contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or at Visit for full sponsorship details.

Applications Open for 2016 UFF Scholarships

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to building character education and integrity in tomorrow’s leaders, is now accepting application for its 2016 scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology, and other studies. Nominees will be from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry Counties and need financial assistance, excel in school and or in their personal life, and possess high quality character traits. Scholarships vary in application requirements, duration and financial amounts, while some are for specific schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University, High Tech Center, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County.

Scholarship application forms and requirements can be found at Application packets require an application form, as well as an essay from the applicant to show how they emulate the character traits of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. Applicants must also supply a digital color photograph and include one or more letters from a personal sponsor, such as a service agency, school counselor, teacher, or principal. Applicants must submit complete application packets by April 1, 2016 via email to  Winners will be announced in May.  All winners will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation Uncommon Evening annual event to be held Thursday, November 3, from 6 – 9 pm at the Burroughs Home and Gardens Riverfront Pavilion. Tickets and sponsorships to the event can be purchased by emailing

The annual scholarship committee has been chaired for the last 13 years by Uncommon Friends Foundation Board Member Brenda Stewart and several other volunteers. Working together with many community service organizations serving special and underserved populations, the committee identifies deserving individuals who will benefit through its needs and character based scholarships. Over the past 21 years, the foundation has awarded nearly 470 educational scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace, and preservation of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and James Newton Archives. The Uncommon Friends Foundation is located at the Burroughs Home & Gardens on the riverfront in downtown Fort Myers at 2505 First Street. Public tours are available by reservation. For more information, visit or call Executive Director Angela Melvin at (239) 337-9503.

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2016 Scholarship Award Categories

Three Hilliard Scholarships for $2,000 each for high school seniors in Glades and Hendry Counties  to attend FGCU – For high school seniors residing in either Glades or Hendry Counties who will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University. Nominees should need financial assistance, have the potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits.

Florida Prepaid College Foundation for freshmen and sophomore high school students for two years at a state college – Uncommon Friends Foundation and Florida Prepaid College Foundation cooperate to provide two-year scholarships for state college tuition and fees to select freshmen 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 for one semester – For applicant who needs financial assistance, has the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits. It is to help defray costs of books or education.

High Tech Center Scholarship for one term – To assist a student of any age with tuition, books and supplies for one future term at High Tech Center to defray costs not covered by other scholarships or grants.

Future Teacher Scholarship for $1,000 – For students enrolled in a program leading to a college degree in education.

Single Parent Scholarship for $1,000 – To help a single parent further his or her education to gain skills needed to enter the workforce. This scholarship is focused on single parents who have overcome extraordinary obstacles and demonstrate high character and integrity.

Lee County Bar Association Scholarship for $2,000 – For students enrolled in a program leading to a degree in law to assist with tuition, books and supplies at any Florida college or university. It recognizes a student’s exemplary achievements in high school and performance in the Lee County Bar Association’s Mock Trial competition.

Veteran’s Scholarship for $1,000 – For a deserving veteran of any age who has a financial need, the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits to help defray the costs of books or education.

PACE Center for Girls of Lee County Scholarship for $1,000 – PACE will nominate a current student who has completed the Uncommon Friends Character Education curriculum and demonstrates the high character traits of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, including loyalty, friendship, honesty, and integrity.

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