To apply for The Founders Fund scholarship, students must apply online through a dedicated and secure portal supplied by high school guidance counselors or directly from the Founders Fund Director.
Any questions from students or parents should be directed to The Founders Scholarship Fund office at 239-593-0124 or FoundersFund1@gmail.com
Students interested in obtaining a scholarship from The Founders Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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.
During any school year, approximately 100 to 120 students are receiving scholarships from The Founders Scholarship Fund. Since 1991, scholarship recipients have received either $2000 or $2500 per year. Starting with the 2022 scholarship recipients, the per year amount has been increased to $6000 bringing the total of the four-year scholarship to $24,000.
Scholarship candidates are recommended by their high school Guidance Counselors, after which members of The Founders Scholarship 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.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform The Founders Scholarship Fund of their grades and enrollment status to renew the scholarship each semester.
Collier County, Florida, high school seniors with a 3.00 GPA and financial need may apply. Participating high schools are notified by their counselors.
Selection is based on academic merit and/or financial need. The selection process is guided by the following.
Scholarship grants are made for one year at a time. If the recipient maintains a 3.00 weighted GPA for the previous two semesters or terms, the grant is renewable each year until the student graduates from a two- or four-year college or university. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the Founders Fund informed and apprised of their grades and enrollment status. Checks are mailed to the college or university.