Golden Apple Scholarships

Golden Apple Scholarships

In March of 1999 The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools contributed $50,000 into a fund at FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) which the FGCU Foundation matched. The $100,000 fund was then matched by the State of Florida. The fund was established at FGCU Foundation to provide a means to financially assist deserving Lee County teachers wishing to improve their teaching skills through courses at FGCU.

Each teacher applying for the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™ may also apply for a scholarship for one 3-4 hour graduate or undergraduate course at Florida Gulf Coast University and up to $100 for related books.

Eligibility: Only teachers who submit a completed Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program™ application may also apply for this scholarship. Applications, consisting of four questions, are to be sent to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools electronically. Applicants are notified by email upon receipt of their application. A Selection Committee of community volunteers read the applications “blind”.

Criteria: The course must enhance teaching (not for administration). Between 5-10 applications are awarded each year. Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation determines how many will be awarded after receiving a list of applicants, in ranked order, we submit to them. The number awarded depends on whether the highest ranked applicants applied for Graduate or Undergraduate class and how much funds are available in an endowment we have with FGCU.

Congratulations to our 2024 Golden Apple Scholarship Recipients:

Sthepany Bendezu, Cape Coral High
Tiffany Bucher, North Fort Myers High
Jamie Gross, Diplomat Middle
Louis Lillard, East Lee County High
Christopher Morales, Fort Myers High
Dorota Neff, Harns Marsh Middle
Mary Palacios, Lehigh Senior High
Rhonda Rainer, Caloosa Elementary
Delvia Rodriguez, James Stephens Elementary

Scholarships are valid from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025!