FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 3, 2014) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently granted 84 scholarships to local high-school students and undergraduate and graduate students from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.

For the 2014 scholarship season, 950 eligible applications were received from high-school and college students in the five-county area the Community Foundation serves.

According to Anne Douglas, director of programs for the foundation, a total of $321,200 was awarded in competitive scholarships and another $190,310 awarded in designated and outside committee scholarships, for a grand total of $511,510. This total is more than a $60,000 increase from last year’s awarded funds.

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.

For the fourth consecutive year, students interested in applying for a SWFLCF scholarship were able to access an application online. The E-Apply online scholarship application tool was available through the Community Foundation’s website at Even before the application process opened in December 2013, students were given the opportunity to review the varied scholarships and their guidelines available online as well as watch a tutorial about how to create and submit the online application.

Students were permitted to apply for multiple scholarships and had the option to upload transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation and financial documentation (if required) along with their online application. The deadline for applications was March 1, 2014.

Founded in 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties and also acts as the regional convener and leader with firsthand knowledge of community needs. With assets of more than $75 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $57 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2013 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and $450,000 in scholarship grants.

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

2014 SWFLCF Scholarship Recipients include:

Ana Abarca                  Florida Gulf Coast University

Janilya Baizack             Edison State College

Dayana Balsalobre        East Lee County High School

Gloria Sica Baten           Dunbar High School

Bradley Beatson             North Fort Myers High School

Brian Byrd                       North Fort Myers High School

Ty Christoff-Tempesta      Fort Myers High School

Leah Colucci                    University of Miami

Adam Costello                  Cypress Lake High School

Renee Crivello                   Florida Institute of Technology

Yaimis Cruz                       Florida Gulf Coast University

Kristin Current                   Florida State University

Sarah Davenport               Golden Gate High School

Peyton Davis                     Cypress Lake High School

Kevin Dennis                     Oasis High School

Andy Dong                        Cape Coral High School

Kay Donovan                     Southeastern University

Shelbi Erp                          Fort Myers High School

Jeffrey Flores                      Immokalee High School

Blaise Garfall                      Cape Coral High School

Allison Golom                     University of Michigan

Arletys Gomez                    Golden Gate High School

Jillian Gottberg                    Ida S. Baker High School

Chandler Gray                     Cape Coral High School

Theresa Grodzki                  Edison State College

Rachel Hoover                    Clewiston High School

Ciera Howard                      Estero High School

Kristina Howell                    Fort Myers High School

Dominique Johnson            Riverdale High School

Nadine Joseph                    Oasis High School

Ryan Keegan                       Estero High School

Matthew King                       Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Vasilios Koupelis                   North Fort Myers High School

Carley Levy                           Fort Myers High School

Martina Long                         Cypress Lake High School

Alexandra Mackey                 Cape Coral High School

Sara Marinuzzi                       Lemon Bay High School

Alexis Marquess                     Lemon Bay High School

Dylan Mendez-Lynch              Florida State University

Ryan Molloy                           Cape Coral High School

Hannah Lytle                          Lemon Bay High School

Jessica Nash                          Dunbar High School

Kimberly Nguyen                    Golden Gate High School

Stephy Oge                             Lehigh Senior High School

Kaley Pagan                            Moore Haven High School

Victoria Pereira                        Nova Southeastern University

Hayden Pigott                         Fort Myers High School

Mican Reed                             Hodges University

Ryan Reedy                             Estero High School

Lakisha Rice                            Edison State College

Rebecca Rocuant                    Estero High School

Jose Sandoval                         Community School of Naples

Courtney Scoufis                     Fort Myers High School

Carolyn Scullion                       Florida State University

Mackenzi Slamka                     Fort Myers High School

Shelby Sorrell                           Palmetto Ridge High School

Jamar Stewart                          Fort Myers High School

Matthew Thomas                      Dunbar High School

Davis Vertin                               Naples High School

Rebecca Walker                        City of Cape Coral Charter High School

Ashley White                             East Lee County High School

Alex Wierengo                           Cape Coral High School