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Uncommon Friends Foundation accepting scholarship applications

February 17, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Applications for 2012 Uncommon Friends Foundation scholarships, honoring deserving individuals who have a financial need and the potential to succeed in school, are available now.

Students in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties ae eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by April 1. The recipients of the scholarships will be announced on June 7 at the foundation's "Uncommon Evening," being held this year at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.

Since 1998, the foundation has provided scholarships to more than 300 individuals who have demonstrated the personal traits of the five unique men and their wives James D. Newton wrote about in his book, Uncommon Friends. His "uncommon friends" were Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh and their wives.

Scholarship categories include the following:

* The Special Recognition scholarship is awarded to an individual who has financial need, the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits.

* High Tech Center scholarships provide assistance with tuition, books, and supplies for one term at High Tech Center. There are no age requirements for this scholarship.

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Basics on scholarships available

Scholarship categories include the following:

* The Special Recognition scholarship is awarded to an individual who has financial need, the desire and potential to succeed in school, and possesses positive character traits.

* High Tech Center scholarships provide assistance with tuition, books, and supplies for one term at High Tech Center. There are no age requirements for this scholarship.

* Florida Prepaid College Foundation scholarships provide scholarships for college tuition and local fees to ninth grade students who contract to succeed in high school, say free of drugs and crime, and fulfill other scholarship conditions.

* The Boy Scouts of America scholarship helps pay for books for the first semester of college.

* The Edison College Single Parent scholarship provides assistance to single parents who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in furthering their education and in gaining skills to enter the workforce.

* The Future Teacher scholarship is awarded to students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in education.

* The Lee County Bar Association scholarship is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in law to assist with the tuition, books, and supplies at any Florida college/university.

* Florida Prepaid College Foundation scholarships provide scholarships for college tuition and local fees to ninth grade students who contract to succeed in high school, say free of drugs and crime, and fulfill other scholarship conditions.

* The Boy Scouts of America scholarship helps pay for books for the first semester of college.

* The Edison College Single Parent scholarship provides assistance to single parents who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in furthering their education and in gaining skills to enter the workforce.

* The Future Teacher scholarship is awarded to students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in education.

* The Lee County Bar Association scholarship is for students matriculated in a program leading to a degree in law to assist with the tuition, books, and supplies at any Florida college/university.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1993 dedicated to lifelong character-building among today's youth and business leaders.

The foundation teaches and recognizes the same positive values author James D. Newton discovered in five unique men and their wives - Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh - intellectual giants who helped shape the 20th Century.

The foundation promotes character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

For more information, call 239-337-9505 or visit www.uncommonfriends.org.

 
 

 

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