Scholarships

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is excited to announce our new online scholarship application portal!

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.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE CLOSED!

CHECK BACK LATER AT THE END OF THE YEAR!

 

Scholarships

Fred & Jean Allegretti Scholarship

The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation offers a $1,000 scholarship to five Riverdale High School seniors.

Selection Criteria includes:

  • Graduating seniors from Riverdale High School
  • A minimum 3.5 weighted GPA
  • Must participate in school/community activities
  • Must plan to attend a state college, university or technical school 

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here)

Application Period: January 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022

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. The Scholarship provides two Lee County High School seniors with a scholarship towards a Bachelors in Education at Florida SouthWestern State University (emphasis in Elementary Education) or Florida Gulf Coast University (emphasis in Secondary Education), awarded annually for four years.  

Applicants must exemplify qualities of educational leadership and demonstrate a passion for teaching. A condition of the scholarship requires recipients to complete a minimum of four years of service to Lee County District Schools upon graduation.

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.

Application Period: January 1, 2022 - March 1, 2022

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here) 

 
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. To honor his memory, this scholarship has been established with the following selection criteria:

  • Graduating seniors from all Lee County Public High Schools. 
  • A minimum weighted GPA of 2.5
  • Must have financial need
  • Must be involved in high school sports
  • Must exhibit integrity and sportsmanship
  • Must participate in school/community activities
  • Must plan to attend a college, community college or technical school

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here)

Application Period: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Jeff Sommer Cross Country Memorial Scholarship

Jeff Sommer Cross Country Memorial Scholarship

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

This scholarship has been established with the following 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
  • Must plan to attend a college or technical school

An additional scholarship valued at $2,000 will be awarded to one female senior and one male senior at Estero High School.

This scholarship has been established with the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Estero High 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 exhibit integrity and sportsmanship
  • Must plan to attend a college or technical school
 

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.

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here)

Application Period: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship

Suncoast Credit Union has partnered with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools to offer five $2,000 scholarships to high school graduates.

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here)

Application Period: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

 

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life.

Each student who enters our program signs a contract promising to remain crime and drug-free, maintain a 2.5 GPA and above, exhibit good behavior, and meet with their assigned mentor regularly through high school graduation. Upon graduation, students receive a 4-year college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children staff meet with students in the program each semester to ensure students have the resources they need to complete school. Student grades are tracked quarterly and immediate intervention is provided should students show signs of academic decline.

Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college. This program is funded through a unique public-private fundraising model, and our mentors generously volunteer their services to our children.

Shadow Wood Charitable Fund Scholarship

The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation offers a $5,000 scholarship to ten High School seniors.

Selection Criteria includes:

    • Applicant must be graduating senior from Bonita Springs High School or Estero High School.  
    • Applicant must plan to attend a Technical College or Trade School, demonstrating a desire, talent and determination to master the technical or trade career of choice.  
    • Scholarship is based on need.
    • Applicant may have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
    • Community service preferred.
    • Letter of recommendation from administrator from their high school.

Application will be available on: Award Spring (Click Here)

Application Period: January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

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.

Betty Smith Carriere Memorial Scholarship

Betty Smith was born in 1951 to parents that had  little income and a drinking problem. During her youth she was never encouraged to participate in extra school activities. The thought of continuing her education was never considered. At the age of 14, she was working in the tobacco fields. After graduating from high school she got married and took on various jobs. Over time, she became successful in her occupation and prior to her death in 2021 had become financially secure.

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. A chance that would lead them to self sufficiency.

Cyan's Bright Light Scholarship

To honor the life and legacy of Cyan E. Galarza by providing financial support for the educational, trade, or licensing interests of female students exiting Lee County schools.

Cyan E. Galarza was born in SW Florida on October 3, 1997. She was taken from us on July 29, 2018. Way too soon and just 2 months shy of her 21st birthday. While we will always have unanswered questions regarding the moments leading up to her death, we choose daily to highlight the beauty she added to each of our days while she lived here on earth. Cyan was a lover of the arts. She marveled at the sound of music and found freedom in expressing herself through the deepest of lyrics and beats.
She rocked fashion like it was her business and always carried herself with swag that could never go out of style. While her outer being was blessed with beauty, it was her innermost being that truly served as a gift to all who knew her. Despite the challenges Cyan may have faced in life, the disposition of her heart never wavered. She loved fiercely, she forgave deeply, and she gave with all that she had. Her presence made the spaces she shared with people so much better and because of this, we will make certain that her light continues to shine. #CyansBrightLightScholarship