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Applications Open for 2019 Scholarships

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 school year student scholarships, which will be awarded to deserving individuals(including veterans, single parents, grieving youth, and the disabled) who are pursuing post-secondary degrees in education, law, technology, healthcare, technical, and other studies. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019.

Nominees must reside in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry Counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and/or their personal lives, and possess high quality character traits.Scholarships vary in application requirements and commitments, duration and financial amounts, educational programs, and institutions.

Visit https://uncommonfriends.org/scholarships/opportunities/ for scholarship application forms and specific requirements of each scholarship. Completed applications and/or any questions should be directed to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org. Winners will be announced by early summer and will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s Uncommon Evening on Thursday, November 14.

Uncommon Friends Foundation board member Susan Minaya chairs the scholarship committee that includes volunteers and community service organizations.

NEW! Cape Coral Kiwanis Club ($2,500) – for two disadvantaged students of any age to help defray tuition, books and supplies costs at any educational institution.

NEW! Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Hospitality Scholarship ($1,000) – for any age student seeking an education and/or career in the hospitality industry to help defray tuition, books and supplies costs.

NEW! HomeTech ($2,500)– for any age student to help defray the costs of tuition, books and supplies to attend a trade school.

NEW! Jared Basco Pay It Forward Scholarship–For any age student pursuing any career who demonstrates generosity through activities such as community service, financial giving or volunteerism that has impacted his or her life, and from which others may benefit.

NEW! Smith Family Trust Bonita Springs Charter School Scholarship ($1,000)–For students from Bonita Springs Charter School who demonstrate strong character and ethics in their everyday life.

NEW! Valerie’s House Scholarship for a Grieving Child – Two $1,000 Scholarships –For any age student who has lost a parent or sibling and participates in Valerie’s House’s grief support programs to help defray tuition, books and supplies costs.

NEW! Waste Pro Scholarship ($1,000) – for any age student to help defray the cost of tuition, books and supplies to attend any post-secondary school of their choice.

Berne Davis Future Teacher Scholarship ($5,000) – For a student enrolled in a program leading to a degree in education.

James F. Chelius, Jr. Scholarship for Disabled Students ($1,000)– For any age student with a disability such as dyslexia, hearing, sight, physical, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy who has ambition and positive character traits.

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Scholarship– Covers two years of state college tuition and fees for a freshman or sophomore who meets specific conditions and stays free of drugs and crime.

Health Sciences Scholarship ($1,000) – For any age student working toward a degree in a health field, (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene, technologist, or therapist) to help defray cost of books or education.

Hilliard Scholarships ($4,000) – Two, two-year scholarships for high school seniors residing in either Glades or Hendry Counties to attend Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).

Single Parent Scholarship($1,000) – For a deserving single parent who has overcome difficult obstacles to further his or her education and gain skills to enter the workforce.

Special Recognition Scholarship – Three scholarships for any age student to help defray cost of books or education for one semester.

Technical College Scholarship –For any age student to help defray costs of tuition, books and supplies at a technical college.

Veteran’s Scholarship ($1,000) – For a deserving military veteran of any age to help defray costs of books or education.

For more scholarship information, visit the Scholarships section of http://uncommonfriends.org/ or email scholarships@uncommonfriends.org.

Erin Brockovich to Speak on Clean Water Issues

The Burroughs Home & Gardens will host a panel of speakers that includes Erin Brockovich on the topic of clean water on October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Burroughs Homes and Gardens, located at 2505 First St. in Fort Myers, Florida. Other panelists will represent the Calusa Water Keeper, Captains for Clean Water, and the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. The panel discussion will serve as an opportunity for participants to educate the audience about clean water challenges in Southwest Florida. A press conference will follow the round table discussion at 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Brockovich is a consumer advocate and environmental activist. She is best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct-action lawsuits in U.S. history and is the subject of the 2000 film,“Erin Brockovich.”

Calusa Waterkeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the near-shore waters of Lee County and their watersheds through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.

Captains for Clean Water is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for the elimination of harmful, large-scale Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River estuaries by restoring the natural flow of Lake Okeechobee water South into the Everglades and Florida Bay. Restoring the natural southern flow of Lake Okeechobee water is essential to the survival of our estuaries, the health of the Everglades, and the long-term viability of South Florida’s largest drinking water source, the Biscayne Aquifer.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. From its earliest days, SCCF has been known as a land trust with an impressive acquisition record. The story of SCCF’s land conservation efforts spans almost five decades on the islands on Sanibel, Captiva, Buck Key, Albright, York, Coconut and the Long Cut preserve on Pine Island.

“We are pleased to host such an informed group of speakers to share their knowledge with the public about a topic that affects each of the residents in Southwest Florida,” said Bob Bowcock, managing director of Integrated Resources Water.

There will be limited seating, so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for lawn seating. There is no fee for entry; however donations are greatly appreciated and will be split between the four participating organizations tohelp defray the event costs.

The Gale McBride Pavilion is located at 2505 First Street, Fort Myers, Florida, on the property of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens, a 1901 Georgian Revival riverfront mansion that sits on 2.45 acres overlooking the Caloosahatchee River in historic, downtown Fort Myers. The property is maintained by the Uncommon Friends Foundation, celebrating its 25th year in 2018 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to inspire future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose. Through character education, business ethics, scholarship and historic preservation, the foundation carries on the generational values of Fort Myers businessman Jim Newton and his personal friends: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. Public tours of the historic home are available by reservation. For more information, visit www.uncommonfriends.orgor call 239-337-9503.