To apply for The Founders Fund scholarship, complete one of the documents below (you may choose either the fill-in-the blanks WORD Doc form or print the PDF form and fill in by hand using black ink):
Any questions from students or parents should be directed to the Founders Fund office at 239-593-0124 or FoundersFund1@gmail.com
Students interested in obtaining a scholarship from the Founders Fund must submit a completed application in the spring of their senior year of high school. Students must speak with their Guidance Counselor for more information about applying.
Each year, approximately 25 to 35 students from Collier County High Schools receive renewable annual scholarships from the Founders Fund helping them defray the cost of attending colleges, universities, vocational schools, and professional programs across the country. Scholarship grants are made for one year at a time. If the recipient maintains a 3.00 GPA, the grant is renewed each year until the student graduates from a two- or four-year college or university. It is the student’s responsibility to inform The Founders Fund of their grades and enrollment status. During any school year, approximately 100 students are receiving scholarships from The Founders Fund. Since 1991, scholarship recipients have received $2000 per year. Starting with the 2017 scholarship recipients, the scholarship amount will be increased to $2500 per year.
Scholarship candidates are recommended by their high school Guidance Counselors, after which members of The Founders Fund Board interview the candidates. Students are selected for scholarship grants based upon their overall high school record, including extracurricular activities, academic performance, and the financial need of the candidate.
Collier County, Florida, high school seniors with a 3.00 GPA and financial need may apply. Participating high schools are: Barron Collier, Community School of Naples, Everglades, Golden Gate, Gulf Coast, Immokalee, Lely, Lorenzo Walker, Naples, Palmetto, and St. John Neumann.
Selection is based on academic merit and/or financial need. The selection process is guided by the following.