Collier Scholars Common Application

Further Your Path Through Higher Education


The Collier Scholars Common Application for the 2021-2022 academic year has closed. The application is typically open from November – February of each year.

Completing one Common Application online enters you into a selection process for more than 70+ scholarship funds.

Gather these items before you apply
  • List of awards/recognition received in the past 1-2 years
  • List of volunteer/employment/extracurricular activities in which you have participated in the last 1-2 years
  • Academic transcript from most recent semester
    • high school seniors must include first semester of senior year
  • Two letter(s) of recommendation from within the last year
  • An up-to-date resume
  • A recent high-quality photo of yourself
  • Answers to the following essay topics:
    • Describe your educational and career goals
    • Describe a person, event or activity that has helped shape you into who you are today
    • Of your extra-curricular, work and / or volunteer activities, which is the most meaningful? Please explain what made you want to become involved with that opportunity
  • The following financial information:
    • First two pages of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (FSA)
    • First two pages of most recent tax returns (2 year’s prior taxes—for the 2021-2022 academic year application, use 2019 taxes)
      • Applicants considered “dependent” for financial aid (FAFSA) purposes will need to submit their parents’ tax returns
      • Applications considered “independent” for financial aid (FAFSA) purposes will need to submit their own tax returns

If you need help determining your dependency status, please visit the Federal Student Aid website




Common Application Process


Gather Your Information

List of awards/ recognition from the past 1-2 years

List of volunteer/employment/extracurricular activities from the last 1-2 years

Academic transcript from most recent semester-high school seniors must include first semester of senior year

Two letter(s) of recommendation from within the last year

An up to date resume

A recent high-quality photo of yourself

Answers to the essay topics

Financial information from FAFSA and tax returns



Complete Common


By submitting the Common Application, we will take the information provided to see which scholarships you qualify for. With one application, you'll be in the running for the $1+ million we award every year.

·         No incomplete or late applications will be accepted (Deadline is February 1)


Pro tip: File your FAFSA. Information from the FAFSA is important for scholarship and other opportunities.



Check Additional Scholarships

Scholarship Connector connects you to many outside scholarships that are NOT managed by the Community Foundation. These scholarships require a separate application. Click here to find other scholarships you may qualify for!



Check Your Email

Scholarship committees comprised of trained volunteers will review applications. If your contact information changes after you submit your application, please email Laura Bidireanu, Director of Education/Scholarship, at



Outside Applicaton Process


Determine Your Eligibility

Visit Scholarship Connector to review additional scholarship opportunities and determine if you meet the criteria.



Check Deadlines and Process

Visit Scholarship Connector to review deadlines and application processes for the different scholarship opportunities available throughout the year.




Complete and submit applications by the deadline and make sure to include all documentation requested.



Have a Question?

Visit the scholarship page on Scholarship Connector to learn how to contact different scholarships. If you are unable to get in touch with a scholarship’s contact person, please contact the Community Foundation by emailing Laura Bidireanu, Director of Education/Scholarship, at


Common Application Scholarships

By Completing Our Common Application, you’ll be considered for:



William D. Anderson Scholarship

For graduating high school seniors from a public or private/ independent school in Collier County and Bonita Springs who are considered financially needed, with preference given to applicants majoring in the Arts or Health Sciences.


Benedict Family Engineering Scholarship




Buckeyes in Naples Scholarship




Kayin Ranon Cannon Aerospace Engineering Scholarship





Corporal Bolemdemu Kayin Cannon Scholarship





Eleanor Wallace Caswell Scholarship




CFCC Scholarship Fund


Christ Child Society of Naples Habitat Scholars Fund






Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation Scholarship





Daphne Scholarship



Dorothy Edwards Vocational Scholarship




Joel A. Deifik Memorial Scholarship



Doris Reynolds Naples Daily News Journalism/English Scholarship



Madeline S. Elmore





ESOA Scholarship



Halie Guelfi Memorial Scholarship




Hispanic Council Foundation Scholarship




Jilk Family Scholarship



Jinny and John Johnson Scholarship




David M. and Judy B. Jones Scholarship




George L. Kearney Memorial Scholarship




William R. and Lucille N. Lindsay Scholarship




MacNiven Family Scholarship


Edith and John Meli





Leah and Ridley Monk Scholarship




NAACP Collier County Scholarship




Naples Junior’s Woman’s Club




Naples Woman’s’ Club



SWFL Pastel Society-Sam Platt Scholarship




Kyle L. Sabel Scholarship




Jimmy Schneeberger Memorial Scholarship




Marc Scialdo Scholarship




Kenny Tencza Jr. Memorial Scholarship




Raymond D and Sara Thomas Scholarship




Dr. Norman and Gail Thomson Scholarship




Diano-Tougas Scholarship




Lorenzo Walker Education Scholarship




Women of Initiative Scholarship



Employer-Based Scholarships

Bentley Village Foundation



Glenview Employee Scholarship



Grey Oaks Scholarship




Moorings Park Foundation Scholarship





Port Royal Club Scholarship




Quail West Scholarship




Royal Poinciana Golf Club Employees & Dependents Scholarship







Shadow Wood Foundation Scholarship





Outside Scholarships

AAUW Marco Island



APASWFL College Scholarship



CPL Stanley Lipinski Memorial Scholarship





Earn to Learn FL



Gene Doyle Adventure Scholarship





George E. Judd Scholarship




Haitian-American Community Coalition Scholarship






Hispanic Scholarship Fund





And Many More!

We've increased total dollars awarded every year over the last five years.

That means more Collier County students and residents can achieve post-secondary educational success.

Are you next?