The Founders Scholarship Fund


707 Gulf Park Drive, Naples, Florida 34108

Our Students

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Recipients

This year’s additional 27 recipients bring the total to over 110 students who will receive scholarships this year. The annual budget needed to distribute scholarships to all of the scholars is approximately $450,000 in 2024. 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 Scholarship Fund, a non-profit/tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1991 by Club Pelican Bay members, has awarded over $6 million dollars in scholarships to over 800 Collier County students since its founding.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

  • Barron Collier High School – Jenny Belandres Mendoza, Jack McElrath, Camila Rojas
  • Club Pelican Bay (Employees/Family) – Maryanne Medina, Dan Zhao
  • Community School – Gabriel Katz
  • Everglades City School – Taylor Dahlke
  • Golden Gate High School – Stephanie Anez, Stephanie Cazares
  • Gulf Coast High School – Franchesca Pearo
  • Immokalee High School – Stanley Bazelais, Luz Maria Cantero-Huapilla, Kamili Henry
  • Lely High School – Jennifer Bachmann, Krista Boodram, Mia Pellegriti, Uriel Trejo
  • Lorenzo Walker Technical High School – Dayanis Cuellar, Yanet Hidalgo Loyola, Casey Perez, Samuel Siahaan
  • Naples High School – Isaiah Barajas, Aidan Hubbell, Asael Jean
  • Palmetto Ridge High School – Nathalie Ospina-Ledesma, Rigoberto Tovar
  • St. John Neumann High School – Jesse Herrera, Christopher Rosato

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 Scholarship Fund averages 100 to 115 students attending colleges or technical institutions each year. They represent some of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

Here are some of the colleges that our students are attending or have attended.

  • American University
  • Arcadia University
  • Carleton College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Atlantic University Honors College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida Southwestern State College
  • Florida State University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • George Mason University
  • Harvard College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Marquette University
  • Middlebury College
  • MIT
  • Monmouth College
  • North Central College
  • Northwestern University
  • NYU
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Regis College
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • St John’s University
  • St. Vincent 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 Mount Union
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Florida
  • Vanderbilt University

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