The Founders Fund, Inc.


707 Gulf Park Drive. Naples, Florida 34108

Our Students

Congratulations to our 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipients

This year’s additional 35 recipients bring the total to 102 students who will receive scholarships this year. The annual budget needed to distribute scholarships is approximately $250,000 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 $3.9 million dollars in scholarships to over 680 Collier County students since its founding.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

  • Barron Collier High School: Sara Cardona, Eduardo Lube-Castillo
  • Golden Gate High School: Thais Martinez, Fridson Janvier, Gregorio Ruiz Perez, Alexandra Rogers, Ashley Leos
  • Gulf Coast High School: Miguel Alejandro Garcia-Portela, Marcos Damian-Noyola
  • Immokalee High School: Katelyn Scott, Jennifer Herrera, Galilea Pedraza, Mardochee Bellevue, Melissa Hernandez-Rios, Melissa Ruiz Hernandez
  • Lely High School: Jordan Vann, Hakeem Durity
  • Lorenzo Walker: Raymond Martinez, Jasmine Mejia, Daniella Castro, Rachelle Cavero, Isabel Hernandez-Marquez
  • Naples High School: Elizabeth Bird, Angela Cloonan, Abril Lopez Ochoa, Dimas Herrera,Gerardo Rodriguez, Ethan Shaw
  • Palmetto Ridge High School: Rachel Pena, Adrian Atiles, Natalie Chaviano
  • St. John Newman: Christopher Kimble, Ari Herrera
  • The Club Pelican Bay: Taylor Mangan, Natalia Schultz

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
  • Columbia University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southwestern State College
  • Florida State University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • St. Vincent College
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • Texas Health and Science University
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The George Washington University
  • Tufts University
  • UC Berkley
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • 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