The Uncommon Friends Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2017 student scholarships, which will be awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology, and other studies. Qualifications require nominees reside in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry Counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and/or their personal lives, and possess high quality character traits. Scholarships vary in application requirements, duration and financial amounts, while some are for specific schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University, High Tech Center, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County.

Visit http://uncommonfriends.org/scholarships/applications-nominations/ for application forms and specific scholarship requirements. Completed application packets include a completed application form, a written essay demonstrating high character qualities, a digital color photograph, and one or more letters from a personal sponsor such as a service agency, school counselor, teacher, or principal. Scholarship applications must be submitted to [email protected] by April 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in May and will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s Uncommon Evening on Thursday, November 2.

For the 14th consecutive year, Uncommon Friends Foundation board member Brenda Stewart will chair the scholarship committee that includes volunteers and members of community service organizations. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly 500 educational scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.