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The Founders Fund Awards Scholarships to 34 Collier County Students

(April 25, 2018 – Naples, FL) College scholarships were awarded to 34 Collier County students by The Founders Fund during an annual ice cream social held on April 26.

The Founders Fund, a local non-profit organization, awarded $340,000 in renewable scholarships to local students during their annual reception which honors scholarship recipients and their families.
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The Founders Fund raises over $640,000 for college scholarships

(Naples, FL- April 15, 2018) – The Founders Fund raised over $640,000 for college scholarships at the Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet to benefit Collier County students. The two-day event was held at Club Pelican Bay with the banquet being held on April 9 and the golf tournament on April 10; over 270 guests were in attendance for the banquet and nearly 200 participated in the golf tournament.
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Cosmos Café & Pizzeria – Celebrity Bartender Night benefitted The Founders Fund’s college scholarships

(Naples, FL – March 21, 2018) A “Celebrity Bartender Night’ event was held at Cosmos Café & Pizzeria on March 20 to benefit The Founders Fund; helping to make the night a success were Naples Vice Mayor, Gary Price, and The Founders Fund Board Chair, Robert McNaghten, who served as the celebrity bartenders.

Price and McNaghten served up good conversation and did their part by drumming up tips from guests which brought in a total of $3,500 to benefit The Founders Fund Scholarship Fund.
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Celebrity Bartender Night at Cosmos Café & Pizzeria – March 20 To benefit The Founders Fund’s college scholarships

(Naples, FL – March 9, 2017) The Founders Fund is inviting the public to support them at a ‘fun’ fundraising event – “Celebrity Bartender Night’ at Cosmos Café & Pizzeria from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Naples Mayor, Bill Barnett, and The Founders Fund Board Chair, Robert McNaghten, will be serving as the celebrity bartenders for the event.
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The Founders Fund receives $2010 from J. McLaughlin Sip & Shop event

(Naples, FL – February 6, 2018) The Founders Fund was the recipient of a Sip and Shop fundraising event at J. McLaughlin on January 29, 2018.

The event raised $2,010 to benefit the Founders Fund scholarship fund. Guests enjoyed light drinks and bites while shopping from the J. McLaughlin resort collections; 15% of the sales during event hours were donated to support the Founders Fund.
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The Founders Fund holds 2018 High School Counselors Breakfast

(Naples, FL – January 24, 2018) The Founders Fund held its annual High School Counselors Breakfast on January 24 for Collier County school counselors at Club Pelican Bay. Several Founders Fund board members, along with 11 Collier County high school representatives, took part in the informational breakfast.
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The Founders Fund Hosted Annual Scholars Luncheon

(Naples, FL – January 4, 2018) The Founders Fund held their annual Scholars Luncheon on Friday December 29, 2017 at the Club Pelican Bay with nearly 75 guests in attendance. Scholarship recipients and benefactors of The Founders Fund gathered together at the annual event to celebrate the accomplishments and aspirations of the current scholarship students.
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The Founders Fund to host Sip & Shop event at J. McLaughlin – January 29, 2018

(Naples, FL – December 8, 2017) The Founders Fund will host a Sip & Shop event at J. McLaughlin from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018.
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The Founders Fund Announces 2017/2018 Board of Trustees

(Naples, FL – November 9, 2017) The Founders Fund is pleased to announce their 2018 Board of Trustees. The local 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization was founded in 1991 and provides financial assistance to students from Collier County in their pursuit of a higher education.
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Making Dreams Come True, Special story by Frank Navin

(January 12, 2018 – Naples, FL) ) Suchen Lin was born in the port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1968. Her parents were educated on the mores of Taiwan culture and manual labor. Strong family values and dedication to hard work was the rule. What little was known about American life was skewed via Hollywood scripts. English was not a second language in the Lin household. The family moved to Taichung, Taiwan’s second most populous city, when Suchen was in sixth grade. Opportunities for a better life were the prescription.
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The Founders Fund Awards Scholarships to 37 Collier County Students

(April 25, 2017 – Naples, FL) College scholarships were awarded to 37 Collier County students by The Founders Fund during an annual ice cream social held on April 20.
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The Founders Fund holds 2017 High School Counselors Breakfast

(Naples, FL – January 26, 2017) The Founders Fund held its annual High School Counselors Breakfast on January 25 for Collier County counselors. Several Founders Fund board members, along with 10 Collier County high school representatives, took part in the informational breakfast.
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The Founders Fund holds 2015-16 Scholars Luncheon

(Naples, FL – Jan. 6, 2016) Scholarship recipients and benefactors of The Founders Fund gathered for their Annual Scholars Luncheon on December 30 at Club Pelican Bay. The luncheon is held each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the scholarship students. Out of the 100 Founders Fund students currently attending college, there were 28 students home for the holidays who attended the luncheon.
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The Founders Fund Awards Scholarships to 27 Collier County Students

(Naples, FL- April 28, 2016 ) College scholarships were awarded to 27 Collier County students by The Founders Fund during an annual ice cream social held at Club Pelican Bay on April 21.
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The Founders Fund raises over $450,000 for college scholarships

(Naples, FL- April 6, 2016) The Founders Fund raised over $450,000 at the Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet which was held at Club Pelican Bay on April 4, 2016.The event had over 260 guests in attendance.
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The Founders Fund holds 2016 High School Counselors Breakfast

(Naples, FL – January 26, 2016) The Founders Fund held its annual High School Counselors Breakfast at Club Pelican Bay on January 22 for Collier County counselors, along with several Founders Fund board members. There were 11 Collier County high schools represented at the annual informational breakfast along with several Founders Fund board members.
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The Founders Fund holds 2015-16 Scholars Luncheon

(Naples, FL – January 6, 2016) Scholarship recipients and benefactors of The Founders Fund gathered for their Annual Scholars Luncheon on December 30 at Club Pelican Bay. The luncheon is held each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the scholarship students. Out of the 100 Founders Fund students currently attending college, there were 28 students home for the holidays who attended the luncheon. read more

The Founders Fund Awards Scholarships to 27 Collier County Students

(May 8, 2015 – Naples, FL) Scholarships were awarded to 27 Collier County students on April 23th by The Founders Fund at Club Pelican Bay. The non-profit organization awarded a total of $216,000 in renewable scholarships… read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. holds 2015 High School Counselors Breakfast

(Naples, FL – January, 29, 2015) The Founders Fund, Inc., a Naples based non-profit organization that grants scholarships to Collier County students, recently held its annual High School Counselors Breakfast at Club Pelican Bay on January 28. read more

The Founders Fund hold 2014-15 Scholars Luncheon

(Naples, FL – Jan. 12, 2015) Students, sponsors, trustees and benefactors of The Founders Fund, Inc. gathered for the Annual Scholars Luncheon on December 30 at Club Pelican Bay. In addition to nearly 100 guests, there were 34 scholarship students in attendance. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. holds 2014 High School Counselors Breakfast

(Naples, FL – January 31, 2014) The Founders Fund, Inc., a local non-profit organization that grants scholarships to Collier County students, recently held its annual High School Counselors Breakfast at Club Pelican Bay. read more

The Founders Fund Awards 28 New Scholarships for 2014

5/5/2014 -The Founders Fund, Inc. awarded 28 Collier County students with scholarships for college and post high school education on April 30, 2014 at an ice cream social for students and their families at Club Pelican Bay. read more

The Founders Fund Raises Over $500,000 for Scholarships

4/10/2014 -The Founders Fund, Inc. raised over a half-million dollars for scholarships during the Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament which was held at Club Pelican Bay on April 7, 2014. read more

The Founders Fund Holds Annual Scholars Luncheon

1/6/2014 – Students, sponsors, trustees and benefactors of The Founders Fund gathered for the 2014 Annual Scholars Luncheon on January 2 at Club Pelican Bay. There were nearly 100 guests in attendance to celebrate student accomplishments such as 4.0 grade point averages. read more

The Founders Fund Awards 29 New Scholarships for 2013

5/3/2013 -The Founders Fund, Inc. awarded 29 Collier County students with scholarships for college and post high school education on May 2nd at an ice cream social for students and their families at Club Pelican Bay. read more

The Founders Fund Holds Annual Scholars Luncheon

1/5/2013 – Nearly 100 people gathered for the Founders Fund Annual Scholars Luncheon on January 2, 2013 at Club Pelican Bay. The luncheon, held each year to celebrate student accomplishments, gave students, sponsors, trustees and benefactors a chance to meet and mingle. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Announces 2012/2013 Board of Trustees

7/1/2012 – The Founders Fund has selected Tom Lear as the new Chairman of the Board, continuing his years of service for the organization. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Awards New Scholarships to 29 Collier County Students

5/20/2012 – After over 20 years of providing college scholarships to high school seniors, The Founders Fund has increased the award money given out to 29 students in 2012. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Raises Over $340,000 for Scholarships

4/6/2012 – Local students will receive college scholarships as a result of the Founders Fund, Inc. recent fundraising success. The non-profit charitable organization has only one mission, to provide financial assistance to Collier County students in pursuit of a higher education. They raised over $340,000 at the 2012 Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet held in early April at Club Pelican Bay. read more

The Founders Fund, Ind. Holds 2012 High School Counselor’s Breakfast

2/13/2012 – 11 guidance counselors from Collier County’s schools joined The Founders Fund members to share information about the graduating class at the Annual High School Counselor’s Breakfast. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Honored Past and Present Trustees at 2011 Scholars Luncheon

1/13/2012 – The Founders Fund celebrated 20 years of making a difference to the students of Collier County and honored their scholarship recipients at the 2011 Scholars Luncheon. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Awards $208,000 in College Scholarships Bringing 20 Year Total to Over Two Million Dollars!

5/30/2011 – On the 20th anniversary of The Founders Fund, 26 students were awarded college scholarships, adding their names to the total 479 Collier County students who have received funds from the organization. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Holds Annual High School Counselors Breakfast for 2011 Scholarships

2/28/11- Collier County High School guidance counselors met with The Founders Fund members as the 2011 scholarship application began for graduating seniors. read more

Preferred Travel of Naples Presents Explore Your Dream Destinations To Benefit Founders Fund Scholarships

1/24/11 – The Founders Fund’s 20th anniversary will be honored at Preferred Travel of Naples’ annual fundraising event as all proceeds go to the scholarship granting organization. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Honors Scholarship Recipients at 2010 Annual Scholars Luncheon

1/18/11 – 41 students were in attendance at the end of the year luncheon held to honor their achievements as Founders Fund scholarship recipients. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Completes Production of Mission Statement Video

9/19/10 – The video includes footage from the Annual Scholarship Reception, giving viewers a closer look at the Collier County students that receive scholarships from The Founder Fund. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Announces 2010/2011 Board of Trustees

8/16/10 – The Founders Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the newly elected Board of Trustees that will be leading the scholarship granting organization into the next decade. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Awards $208,000 in College Scholarships to 26 Collier County Students

5/6/2010 – The Annual Scholarship Awards Reception marked the addition of 26 new students to the Founders Fund scholarship program and the induction of the 2010/2011 chairperson, Sue McNaghten. read more

Local Students Supported By Founders Fund Event

4/14/2010 – The 2010 Biennial Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament raised over $250,000 to support the renewable college scholarships of 87 students from Collier County. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Holds Annual High School Counselor Breakfast

2/3/2010 – Guidance counselors from private and public Collier County high schools attended the annual events and shared with Founders Fund members about the next graduating class and thier scholarship needs. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Honors Current Scholarship Recipients at Annual Luncheon

1/5/2010 – 39 scholarship students that were home for the holidays attended the luncheon and updated Founders Fund members on their studies and college life. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Announces Date for Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament

12/10/2009 – The 2010 Biennial Ed Brennan Memorial Golf Tournament, the Founders Fund’s main source of fundraising for granting college scholarships, will be held on April 12, 2010 at Club Pelican Bay. read more

The Founders Fund, Inc. Honors 2009 Scholarship Recipients

5/12/2009 – Over 100 were in attendence at the first annual Scholarship Awards Reception celebrating the $2,000 renewable college scholarship being granted to 27 local high school graduates. read more

Students in the News

Manuel Ozambela, Florida State University – Biology Student Prepares for a Career in Medicine.

2012 Mission Video