FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently granted 73 scholarships to local high school students and undergraduate and graduate students from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties.

During the 2013 scholarship season, nearly 700 applications were received from high school and college students in the five-county area the foundation serves.

According to Anne Douglas, director of programs for the foundation, a total of $266,800 was awarded in competitive scholarships and another $177,000 awarded in designated and outside committee scholarships, for a grand total of $443,800.

Community Foundation scholarships were awarded to high school seniors who will continue their education at the university, community college or vocational/technical school level, as well as to undergraduate and graduate students continuing a post-secondary education.

“Thanks to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, I am able to attend one of Florida’s top universities and focus on my education without having to worry about monetary needs,” said Layne Marshall, first-time scholarship recipient and recent graduate of Fort Myers High School. “The scholarship has encouraged me to believe in my future just as the donors of the Richard and Marion Thompson Memorial Scholarship have, and I hope to return my appreciation by utilizing my anticipated degree in our local community.”

Marshall will be attending the University of Florida this summer to study environmental science.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $69 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $55 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

For more information, visit the Community Foundation’s website at or call 239-274-5900.

The complete list of recipients includes:

Last NameFirst NameSchool Attended
AbarcaAnaFlorida Gulf Coast University
AidooInaeeIda Baker High School
AllenSandraleeNova Southeastern University
BaerTashaGulf Coast High School
BaizackJanilyaSouth Fort Myers High School
BerryOwenLemon Bay High School
BrinkAmandaUniversity of Florida
BrinkAmandaUniversity of Florida
BrockingtonMarlissFlorida Gulf Coast University
BurnsideChayanaDunbar High School
CacicioRoseFlorida Gulf Coast University
ClarkeChristopherFlagler College
CohenNicoleCape Coral High School
ColemanJosephBarry University
ColucciLeahFort Myers High School
CorbittKatlinLemon Bay High School
CurrentKristinFlorida State University
DiazJennaFlorida Gulf Coast University
DigbyDanielIda S. Baker High School
DonovanKayEvangelical Christian School
DresselSamanthaNorth Fort Myers High School
DuguayKristenSouth Fort Myers High School
EstradaSilvanaHodges University
FieldsLatishUniversity of Florida
FinanKiraCape Coral High School
FinanOliviaCape Coral High School
FinanOliviaCape Coral High School
FischerJohnathanUniversity of Florida
FranklinRafaelFlorida Memorial University
GaloStephanieSouth Fort Myers High School
GemmerJoyNaples High School
GivensJamesPayne Theological Seminary
GolomLaurenFort Myers High School
GonzalezMarthaMariner High School
GonzalezMarthaMariner High School
HernandezAlexanderLaBelle High School
HinksonGianEstero High School
Hughes-StewartTatianaEdison State College
JacobShantyriaDunbar High School
LarkinCourtneyEstero High School
LockerSethRiverdale High School
LockerSethRiverdale High School
MarshallLayneFort Myers High School
MayerKaseyFort Myers High School
McCauleyCrystalLely High School
MedranoJorgeClewiston High School
Mendez-LynchDylanWheaton College
MendozaAlexNorth Fort Myers High School
MendozaAlexNorth Fort Myers High School
MetcalfWilliamFlorida Gulf Coast University
MoralesCeceliaEstero High School
MoralesCeceliaEstero High School
PellegrinoHenryFlorida Gulf Coast University
RayMeghanGulf Coast High School
RiceAlisonCypress Lake High School
RiceAlisonCypress Lake High School
RidoreChristelleNova Southeastern University
RodriguezCynthiaImmokalee High School
SaadeMichelleNaples High School
SellAlexanderSouth Fort Myers High School
SprehnKathrynBishop Verot Catholic High School
SteakleyMichaelaCape Coral High School
StrangLaurenBishop Verot Catholic High School
SutherlandDaniellaDunbar High School
Teal-RichardsonEvetteEdison State College
ThorpEmilyFort Myers High School
Toyloy-StantonJulianaDunbar High School
VardanyanMichaelFort Myers High School
VardanyanMichaelFort Myers High School
VernetAshleyImmokalee High School
VernetAshleyImmokalee High School
WilliamsShiakeraDunbar High School
WnukowskiNicholasBishop Verot Catholic High School