The Founders Fund, Inc.


707 Gulf Park Drive. Naples, Florida 34108

Our Students

Congratulations to our 2017/2018 Scholarship Recipients

This year’s additional 37 recipients bring the total to 96 students who will receive scholarships this year. The annual budget needed to distribute scholarships is over $220,000 each year. The money needed to fund the scholarships is raised through a fundraising golf event held every other year, donations from Club members, and the generous support of local businesses.

The Founders Fund, Inc., a non-profit/tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1991 by Club Pelican Bay members, has awarded over $3.6 million dollars in scholarships to over 650 Collier County students since its founding.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

  • Barron Collier High School: Jason Randall, Fiona Pashollari, Kala Ashlee Parkinson, Cecilia Sofia Peregrin
  • Community School: Tiffany Morina, Corey Hixson
  • Golden Gate High School: Michelle Lauren Schubert, Lisa Tseng, Maria Martinez Reyes, Marlene Ruiz-Perez
  • Gulf Coast High School: Nicole Garcia, Federico Martinez
  • Immokalee High School: Azariah Howard, Rosalinda Matayer, Erick Hidalgo
  • Lely High School: Zuleima Toro, Patrick Joseph, Erick Joseph, Watson Marcelin, Robert Garcia, Jason Francoeur
  • Lorenzo Walker: Aurora Medellin-Gutierrez, Milagros Jerez, Brady Lee Marshall Sharbaugh
  • Naples High School: Cameron Mary Bonk, Leo Gonzalez, Oscar Rodriguez, Camila Cal
  • Palmetto Ridge High School: Andrea Vargas, Angie Emily Joseph, Ariel Marie McCrary, Taylor Sorrell
  • St. John Newman: John Zizzo
  • Club Pelican Bay: Thomas DeMallie, Maddeline Gross, Brendan Fieger, Donna Taylor

Scholarship Recipients

Our scholars are some of the brightest students you’ll find attending college today. Their majors range from music composition to neuroscience.

The Founders Fund averages 100 to 112 students attending colleges or technical institutions each year. They represent some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

Here are the colleges that our students are now attending.

  • American University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Flordia Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida Southwestern State College
  • Florida State University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard College
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Santa Fe College
  • St. Vincent College
  • Stetson University
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Tufts University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Florida