The Founders Fund, Inc. Holds Scholarship Breakfast with Collier County High School Guidance Counselors

Naples, FL, February 13, 2009 --( The Founders Fund, Inc. held its annual High School Counselor breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 4th at the Club at Pelican Bay. The annual event was attended by a majority of Collier County High Schools and was aimed at gathering information about the number of anticipated graduates at each school, a sense of current scholarship needs, special application instructions, and updates about The Founders Scholarship Fund. Several private schools were also represented at the morning event.

This year, students will be downloading scholarship applications for the first time from the Collier County Public School System. The process will give all Collier County seniors the opportunity to apply. However, just in case a student does not have access to a computer, school counselors will be helping students through the application process as usual.

The Founders Fund scholarships are $2000 each and may be renewed if the student maintains a B (3.0) grade average and has a financial need. Students are asked to list their co-curricular activities, leadership, honors, awards, community service, and work experience on the application.

“We want to get to know the students and we feel that if a student is involved in leadership and their community as a teenager that they will thrive in college. We want to reward good grades and hard work,” says Sue McNaghten, Scholarship Committee Chair.

Applications must be completed and to guidance counselors by March 17, 2009. Parents and students wanting to inquire may email for more information. Or they may ask their school counselor.

In 2008, renewable annual scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to 25 students in Collier County High Schools. There are currently 94 students at 27 different colleges, universities, vocational schools, and professional programs supported by annual scholarships from the Founders Fund.

ABOUT the Founders Fund:

The mission of the Founders Fund is to provide financial assistance to young men and women from Collier County in their pursuit of post high school education and training. Recipients are selected on the basis of need and merit from the ten high schools of Collier County.

The Founders Fund was created in 1991 by the Founding Golf Members of The CLUB at Pelican Bay, a private golf club. The Internal Revenue Service has classified the Founders Fund as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization.

The Founders Fund is supported by Golf and Social Members of The CLUB, as well as many corporate sponsors which include prominent local and national businesses that are very generous in their support of the Founders Fund. Income from reserve assets and fundraising activities supports annual scholarship grants of approximately $180,000 per year. Thus far, fund scholarship awards have totaled more than $1,800,000.

For more information about scholarships or sponsorships, call 239-593-0124.

The Founders Fund, Inc.
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