Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 012017 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 20, 2017
Applications Open For Uncommon
Friends Foundation Scholarships
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 that 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.
for application forms and specific scholarship requirements. Application
packets include an application form, a written essay on character, a digital color
photograph, and one or more letters from a personal sponsor such as a service
agency, school counselor, teacher or principal. Completed scholarship applications
must be submitted to email@example.com by April 1. 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.
Uncommon Friends Foundation 2017 Scholarship Award Categories
• High Tech Center Scholarship – Helps defray costs of tuition, books and
supplies not covered by other scholarships or grants for any age student for two
terms at Cape Coral’s High Tech Center.
• Berne Davis Future Teacher Scholarship for $5,000 – For a student enrolled
in a program leading to a college degree in education who demonstrates financial
• Special Recognition Scholarship – Helps defray cost of books or education for
one semester for a student who needs financial assistance.
• Hilliard Scholarships for $2,000 for seniors in Glades and Hendry counties
to attend FGCU – For high school seniors residing in either Glades or Hendry
counties to attend Florida Gulf Coast University who need financial assistance.
• Florida Prepaid College Foundation for freshmen and sophomores to attend a
state college – Covers two years of state college tuition and fees for a high school
freshman or sophomore who contracts to succeed in high school, stays free of
drugs and crime, and fulfills other scholarship conditions.
• Health Sciences Scholarship for $1,000 – Helps defray cost of books or
education for any age student with financial need working toward a degree in a
health field, e.g., nursing, dental hygiene, technologist or therapist.
• Lee Count y Bar Association Scholarship for $1,000 – Helps defray tuition,
books and supplies at any Florida college or university for a student enrolled in a
program leading to a law degree.
• Single Parent Scholarship for $1,000 – Helps a single parent who has
overcome extraordinary obstacles to further his or her education to gain skills
needed to enter the workforce.
• Veteran’s Scholarship for $1,000 – Helps defray the costs of books or
education for a deserving veteran of any age who has a financial need.
• PACE Center for Girls of Lee County Scholarship for $1,000 – For a
PACE student who has completed the Uncommon Friends Character Education
curriculum and demonstrates high character traits.
For more information, visit http://uncommonfriends.org or call Executive
Director Angela Melvin at 337-9503.
Front row from left, Dr. Karen Serrell, education committee chair, William Reich, Johana
Stubbs, Carica Astrel, Toni McEnery, Jennifer Lynch and Timothy O’Rourke; back row from
left, Tiana Bohrer, Linnea Dulikravich, Kerri Houghton, Mulon Missick, Cinnamon Espana and
Brenda Stewart, scholarship committee chair
photo courtesy Uncommon Friends Foundation
Person Of Year
The Florida Small Business
Development Center (FSBDC)
at Florida Gulf Coast University
(FGCU) has nominated Christopher
T. Spiro, president of Spiro and
Associates, as the 2017 Small Business
Administration’s (SBA) Small Business
Person of the Year. National winners
will be announced in Washington, DC
during award ceremonies on April 30
and May 1.
Spiro has received several
awards and accolades for his work,
accomplishments and community
outreach. In 2016, he was named
Distinguished Entrepreneur of
Southwest Florida. The FSBDC
recognizes one business owner each
year based on several criteria, including
outstanding entrepreneurship. Prior
year award winners are nominated for
the SBA Small Business Person of the
In addition to Spiro’s nomination
for the SBA award, he will participate
as one of the several judges for
the upcoming 2017 Distinguished
Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida. The
awards ceremony is entering its 6th
year and applications for nominations
will be available on February 1.
For more information about the
FSBDC award program, visit www.
Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright
& Company are the Hallmark Sponsor
for the event.
In Aviation History
The Experimental Aircraft
Association (EAA) is bringing the
first-ever mass produced airliner
to Fort Myers and inviting all for a ride
aboard the flight.
From 1926 through 1933, Ford
Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors.
EAA’s model 4-AT-E was the 146th
off Ford’s innovative assembly line and
first flew on August 21, 1929. It was
sold to Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger
division, Eastern Air Transport, whose
paint scheme is replicated on EAA’s
For more information about the
history of the Ford Tri-Motor and tour,
visit w ww.flytheford.org.
and others looking for a
complimentary program can call on
local design professional Linda Coin,
owner of Decorating Den Interiors of
Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers. “We
have two new informative and fun
presentations, with visuals,” said Coin.
“Our presentation can be adapted to fit
most meeting time schedules.”
One presentation features award-
winning room makeovers with before
and after photos, along with the stories
behind each and the reasons for
selecting the furnishings.
“These are rooms for real people
with real budgets. We will show
examples of aspects of decorating
such as the importance of maintaining
a color flow with the adjacent
rooms, multi-purpose rooms, how to
incorporate favorite old pieces with
new, remaking rooms for Boomers,
converting neglected spaces into
intimate retreats, and how the
availability of a greater variety of
fashionable, low maintenance fabrics
and furniture have made it easier to
enjoy outdoor living,” Coin added.
The second presentation Coin
has available is based on trends and
new products seen at the most recent
international home furnishings market
at High Point, North Carolina, the
largest gathering of interior designers,
home furnishings suppliers and retailers
in the world.
“We will show examples of the
emerging trend toward light and
bright-light wood combined with a pop
of color and how the use of metals on
furniture and accessories continues as
a stunning design element,” Coin said.
“Another important market direction we
discuss is ‘Naturally Inspired’ designs.
Nature’s designs can best be described
as Wabi-Sabi, which is the Japanese
tradition of looking at the beauty of
something through its imperfections.
The trend toward decorating that
reflects island or coastal living also is
part of being inspired by nature. We
also have visuals that show that the
desire to flashback to mod silhouettes
and styles of the mid-century is still
going strong. And, we have lots of
other upcoming trend news to share.”
For more information, contact Linda
Coin at 472-6551 or linda@coindecden.
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