The Community Foundation of Collier County, in partnership with the Collier County Public School District, is pleased to report that a record amount of $35,329,335 in scholarship monies were raised and awarded this year to Collier County college-bound and continuing education students. This total represents an increase from $34,288,972, distributed in 2015-2016. Opportunities
Of the nine high schools in Collier County, students at Barron Collier received the largest amount of scholarship funds at just over $8.1 million. That was followed by Naples High students who received just over $6 million in scholarships.
The Community Foundation’s website, CollierCountyScholarships.org, is credited for part of the record-setting year. This site is a one-stop resource that connects local students with the local funds they need for higher education or technical training. It also makes it easy for charitable-minded people to donate to scholarship funds.
“The site allows users to plug in their school, grade point average, areas of interest and sports, and the type of school they hope to attend, whether it’s technical training, community college or a four-year university,” said Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools. “Students can then browse filtered options that apply directly to them and select the most appealing opportunities.”
Information collected from the website’s analytics reveals heavy usage. From October 1, 2016, through late June 2017, the site experienced nearly 11,000 users, 21,282 sessions, and more than 85,000 page views. The highest number of sessions were recorded in March and April, just months prior to the school year ending.
“An important aspect of the Foundation’s work is to connect Collier County students getting ready to head off to school with available scholarships,” stated Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. “Now, thanks in part to the website launched by the Community Foundation last fall, in partnership with the Collier County Public School District, the process of searching and applying for scholarships – as well as donating to scholarship funds – has been made a whole lot easier – and that helped set the stage for our record-setting year.”
For more information, visit the Scholarship Connector at colliercountyscholarships.org or call Sharon Bayata, Education/Scholarship Director, at 239-649-5000.