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Buckeyes4SWFL Scholarship Program

Through the Buckeyes4SWFL Scholarship Program, The Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance for post-high school education and employment training to local students who have a connection to the state of Ohio.

General Information on Scholarships:

An applicant for a Buckyes4SWFL scholarship must show a connection to the State of Ohio by having lived there or having parents or grandparents who have lived there.
Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors including financial need, academic standing, character and community service.

To apply, refer to the Community Foundation of Collier County web site at https://www.cfcollier.org. Follow the link to Students, then Scholarships. The Buckeyes in Naples Scholarship is listed under Local Organizations Offering Scholarships, Additional Scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must have graduated from a high school in Collier County or southern Lee County (Bonita Springs or Estero) to apply.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, an Eligible Non-Citizen or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) student.
  • Student must show he/she has a tie to Ohio: he/she must have been born in the state, lived in the state or had parents or grandparents who live/have lived in the state.
  • Student must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to apply.
  • Student must be planning on attending or must be attending an accredited vocational/technical institution, or a 2-year or 4-year accredited educational program in the state of Florida.
  • Student will need to share information regarding participation in extra-curricular, leadership and community service activities throughout their educational career.
  • Students will be requested to provide employment information (past and present).
  • Student will need to provide two (2) letters of recommendation.

Learn2Earn Scholarship Program

Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. has established an endowment to fund scholarships through the Rotary Club of Naples’ Learn2Earn Program which gives priority to students pursuing local trade, occupational and technical certifications and associate degrees.

General Information:

The Learn2Earn Program Scholarship is available to adult learners as well as current graduating high school seniors in Collier County. This scholarship helps in providing support for tuition and fees. It also assists students who have encountered unexpected financial stress from family needs and housing to transportation issues, provides supplies and materials needed for their program and funds for certification tests and tutoring.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must show a proven work ethic and a strong probability of completing their program.
  • Have a financial need.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
  • Attend a Southwest Florida technical, trade or 2-year associates degree school
  • Be willing to make occasional visits to update the Rotary Club membership at club meetings and volunteer at the Rotary Club’s primary fundraiser when practical.

Other Scholarships

Buckeyes in Naples Foundation, Inc. occasionally provides support to other local charities’ scholarship programs on a discretionary basis as decided by the Board of Directors. The Champions for Learning Program was a partner recipient for several years.

“If you can’t pay it back, pay it forward.”
- Catherine Ryan Hyde

Current Scholarship Recipients

2019 Recipients

Mahealoni Enlow

Maheoloni Enlow's family is from the Pataskala Ohio area where her grandmother still lives.

Mahealoni is in her third year in the Registered Nursing Program at Hodges University.   She is a mother who continues to have a high GPA in school.  She plans on graduating in 2021.  This is the first year Mahealoni has received support from the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation.

Mia Popoli

Mia Popoli is a graduate of Lely High School and attends Santa Fe College and is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Her mother and family are from Gerard and Perry County Ohio.

Adam Suid

Adam Suid is a graduate of Barron Collier High School and is attending Florida State University.  He is majoring in Biology and would like to continue in the medical field.  Adam's mother and grandmother are from the Cincinnati, Ohio area.


2016 Recipients

Ellen Angersbach

Ellen Angersbach is a native Ohioan, born in Columbus. Her parents are also native Buckeyes, born in Oberlin and Lorain.

She graduated from Lely High School in 2017.

Ellen is a second year Florida Southern University student, majoring in psychology and education. She plans to pursue a career in the mental health profession, where she can, as she states, “help other people face their challenges.”

Ellen has been awarded financial support from the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation for two years now.

Cassidy Beckwith

Cassidy Beckwith is a 2017 graduate of Naples High School. She is in her second year of school at Florida Southwestern State College. She is majoring in education, and her goal is to become a teacher in the Collier County Public Schools system.

Cassidy’s father was from Lakewood, Ohio. Although he died when Cassidy was very small, she writes that her father would have been very proud of her winning the Buckeyes in Naples’ Scholarship.

Cassidy has received financial support from the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation for two years.

2017 Recipients

Hannah Barth

Hannah Barth’s family is from the Cleveland, Ohio area.

She is a 2018 graduate of Lely High School. During the last three summers, Hannah has worked as a staff member with Camp Able, working with kids with “diverse abilities”, such as autism or Asperger’s syndrome. She writes that her dream is to become a trauma surgeon and ER doctor, while being able to specialize in developmental disorders.

Hannah is attending the University of South Florida, majoring in Biomedical Sciences.

This is the first year Hannah has received financial support from the Buckeyes in Naples Foundation.