Scholarships

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To access an online application, you will be required to set up a new account using the link below. You will be required to complete a one-time, general application to determine which scholarships you qualify for. Only scholarships that are currently accepting applications will be displayed and you will need to log in during an open application period to see if you qualify for any new scholarships. Application periods and scholarship information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Once you have established an account, the system will remember your contact information and will automatically incorporate it into any other online scholarship applications submitted through our system.

 

Please sign up with AwardSpring using your Student Name and personal email. Your account name and application name should match.

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 15, 2022 AND CLOSE JANUARY 17, 2023!

Scholarships

Angela Mates Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 annual scholarship for a qualifying senior.

Selection Criteria:

  • Senior at Bonita Springs High School or Estero High School
  • Health Science Profession, Medical Related
  • Member of HOSA - Future Health Professionals in good standing, that exemplifies the qualities of HOSA members
  • GPA 3.0
  • Community Service - 25 hours during senior year
Betty Smith Carriere Memorial Scholarship

Betty Smith overcame many challenges throughout her life including parents that had little income and a drinking problem. She, also, worked in the tobacco fields as a teenager. Betty recognized that there are many young ladies that do not have the financial means to pursue an education. She wanted to give girls a chance that she never had through this scholarship. 


The Betty Smith Carriere Memorial Scholarship offers one $4000 award ($2000 per year for two years.)

Selection Criteria:

  • Female Lee County Public School Senior
  • Must have financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 weighted GPA
  • Must pursue a Technical College/Trade School Certificate
Bonita Bay Triple-A Scholarship

The Bonita Bay Triple-A Scholarship is provided by Bonita Bay in order to support graduating Bonita Springs High School seniors who display excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.


Up to eight $1000 scholarships will be awarded. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Maintains academic excellence with a weighted G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Is nominated by a BSHS Athletic Coach and/or Visual and Performing Arts Instructor
  • Embodies school vision and mission
  • Is accepted into an accredited post-secondary institute
Dr. Allen B and Elizabeth W Shevach Academic Scholarship

The Dr. Allen B. and Elizabeth W. Shevach Academic Scholarship was started in 2021 by Elizabeth Schevach to honor her husband, Dr. Allen Shevach, a longtime local physician. The scholarship is intended to assist students who desire to obtain a college education and are in need of financial assistance.


Up to four $5000 awards.

Selection Criteria:

  • Dunbar High School seniors
  • Minimum 2.5 weighted GPA
  • Personal essay describing family goals, interests, and hobbies and any work of volunteer history
Fred & Jean Allegretti Scholarship

The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation Scholarship was created in May 2014 to support education in Lee County.


The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation offers a $1000 scholarship to five seniors.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Riverdale High School.
  • A minimum of 3.5 weighted GPA.
  • Must be involved in school or community activities.
  • Must plan to attend a state college, university, or technical/trade school in the fall of 2023.
Golden Futures Scholarship

The Golden Futures Scholarship was created by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools' 2013 Golden Apple recipients to provide opportunities for emerging Lee County educators.  Applicants must exemplify qualities of educational leadership and demonstrate a passion for teaching. Golden Futures scholarship recipients receive mentoring and support from members of the Academy of Teachers throughout college and into their initial years in the classroom.


The Scholarship provides two Lee County High School seniors with a scholarship towards a Bachelors in Education awarded annually for four years.

Selection Criteria:

  • Future Lee County Educators
  • FSW for Elementary Education
  • FGCU for Secondary Education
  • Recipient commits to teach in the Lee County School District for a minimum of four years upon graduation.
Jeff Sommer Cross Country Memorial Scholarship

Coach Jeff Sommer spent decades devoting his life to helping and motivating athletes in the School District of Lee County. This loyalty and passion ultimately led his teams to many victories, most remarkably, nine state titles. This scholarship will continue to carry on the legacy that Coach Sommer built so many years ago, of helping athletes of any ability become the best they can be.


The Jeff Sommer Cross Country Memorial Scholarship is valued at $1,000 and will be awarded to one Lee County high school senior.

An additional scholarship valued at $2000 will be awarded to one female senior and one male senior at Estero High School who also meets all the requirements.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior from a Lee County District school 
  • Minimum 2.5 weighted GPA
  • Must be involved in Cross Country for three years of high school, one of which must be your senior year
  • Must have earned a 3rd place finish or higher in any LCAC Championship contest or FHSAA District Championship competition (official verification required)
  • Must exhibit integrity and sportsmanship

 

Richard Hagy Memorial Scholarship

Richard Hagy had a passion for educating students and served Lee County Schools for more than 30 years as a teacher, coach, and principal of ALC and Mariner Middle Schools. He was named Principal of the Year and touched the lives of countless students and friends. The scholarships are to honor his memory.


Up to ten $2000 scholarships are awarded.

Selection Criteria:

  • Graduating seniors from all Lee County Public High Schools
  • A minimum weighted GPA of 2.5
  • Must have financial need
  • Must exhibit integrity and sportsmanship
  • Must participate in school/community activities
Shadow Wood Charitable Fund Scholarship

The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation started a scholarship to provide financial support to students headed to Technical or Trade School. Scholarship funds acquired from Shadow Wood Community Foundation.


Up to ten students will be awarded with a $5000 scholarship over a two-year period.

Selection Criteria:

  • Graduating seniors from Bonita Springs High School or Estero High School
  • Scholarship is based on need and student must have completed the FAFSA
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Community service preferred
  • Letter of recommendation from high school administrator
  • Must plan to attend a Technical College or Trade School.
Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship

Suncoast Credit Union has partnered with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to offer five $2000 scholarships to high school graduates. This year’s high school graduates in Suncoast Credit Union’s 21-county service territory have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $116,000 investment in scholarships by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation. This year’s Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program represents the continued mission of the foundation to support education initiatives and the well-being and potential of children.  Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $33 million including more than $2.4 million in scholarships. 

“We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. 

“Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in individual human potential, which is particularly rewarding.”  


Five $2000 scholarships to high school graduates.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must plan to attend a Florida college, university, or technical school
  • Must have financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 weighted GPA