Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Community Foundation scholarship application process begins

FAFSA form required for scholarships


FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 12, 2018) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s scholarship application process for the 2019-2020 school year will begin nearly a month earlier than in the past. Applications may be made December 17 and all scholarships require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at

Approximately $500,000 in scholarship money is available through more than 100 scholarships for local high-school students, undergraduate and graduate students from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Last year, one in five students who applied received a scholarship from the Foundation.

Beginning December 17, 2018, students can apply for scholarships through the Foundation’s online portal at The scholarship application process will close Feb. 24, 2018. Students may review the scholarships available online as well as a tutorial about how to create and submit the online application. Students may apply for multiple scholarships and have the ability to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation and the FAFSA Student Aid Report. 

  Online scholarship applications must be submitted by Feb. 24, 2019. Educators, mentors, parents and students can find resources to complete the FAFSA through the local FAFSA first website recently launched by the FutureMakers Coalition at The goal of the FutureMakers Coalition is to transform the workforce by increasing the number of Southwest Florida residents with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials by the year 2025.


About the Southwest Florida Community Foundation
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $6.8 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $126 million, it has provided $78.2 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are now located in the historic ACL Train Depot at Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers, with a  satellite office located in LaBelle (Hendry County). For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit

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