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Education Notes (4/30/14)

April 30, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Scholar-athlete nominees named

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South recently announce the nominees to be honored at its 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet on May 14 at the Crowne Plaza in Fort Myers.

Eighteen Lee County-area high schools nominated one top male and female varsity letter winner who maintains a minimum 3.2 GPA, is involved in school and community activities and demonstrates leadership characteristics.

The 36 nominees included the following local students:

- Daniel Alvarez and Cynthia Auplant from East Lee County High School

- Bernard Edwards and Krysten Topliff from Lehigh Senior High School

A selection committee of Rotary South members interviews nominees and will select the two winners, who will each receive a $5,000 scholarship underwritten by The SWFL Rheem Team.

Rheem also hosts an online People's Choice Scholar-Athlete Award, where visitors to: can vote for their favorite student, who then has a chance to win an iPad.

For information about the 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards, contact Rob Scharlau at (239) 689-7133.

FCAT?test dates listed

FCAT testing for students in grades 3-10 began Monday.

Parents should check with their child's school for exact times and possible changes to the schedule, as computer-based tests may vary:

April 21-30:

- Grade 8: FCAT reading

April 23-May 2:

- Grade 6: FCAT math

- Grade 9: FCAT reading

April 25-May 6:

- Grade 5: FCAT math

The district has created a resource page on its website to offer FCAT tips and information for parents and community members.

For more information, visit:

Domino Club taking applications

The Lehigh Cavaliers Domino Club is offering $500 scholarships to Lehigh Acres students for the 2014 academic year.

Scholarship applicants must submit the following information no later than today, April 30:

- Proof of Lehigh residency

- High school of graduation and academic standing

- School of continuing education (letter of acceptance)

- Brief biography, including an essay of intended degree of study

Mail applications to Mr. Oliver DeWeever, Scholarship Chairman, Lehigh Cavaliers Domino Club, P.O. Box 1056, Lehigh Acres, FL 33970.

Awards will be decided May 30; the recipients will be notified within seven days thereafter.

For information, call Oliver DeWeever at (239) 368-8278.

Scholarships available

The Lehigh Regional Hospital Auxiliary is giving scholarships to Lehigh residents age 18 or older.

The scholarships go toward medical education.

Applications may be obtained at the front desk at the lobby of the Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Applications and attachments must be in by today, April 30.

District announces upcoming programs

The Lee County School District announced that many schools are showcasing their students' talent with various spring programs.

The following is a list of upcoming musicals, plays and concerts in the local area:

- May 1: Varsity Lakes Middle School Concert at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

- May 12: "Fairytales Gone Wrong" at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts at 6 p.m.

- May 16: Prism Concert at Lehigh Senior High at 7 p.m.

- May 19: "Bye Bye Birdie" musical at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts at 6:30 p.m.

- May 23: Veterans Park Academy for the Arts' Spring Dance Show at Lehigh Senior High at 6:30 p.m.

Parents and the community can contact the schools for more information about the performances.

ABWA offers scholarship for female students

The Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter of American Business Women's Association is sponsoring a $1,500 Outright Grant scholarship for 2014-15 through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund.

The Outright Grant Program offers junior level or higher college students a scholarship that helps to offset costs associated with college tuition, books and fees.

The amount awarded for each Outright Grant is $1,500.

Outright Grant scholarships awarded are non-renewable. Applicants may receive only one Outright Grant each award year.

Applicants can be ABWA members or nonmembers; they must be a female U.S. citizen and have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.

The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The applicant must be seeking a baccalaureate degree or higher and must be attending an institution authorized to confer degrees at the baccalaureate level or higher in the United States.

To apply for the scholarship, contact education chair Lynda Rubenstein at or chapter president Gayle DeHaan-Garland at

Applications must be submitted in good order to be considered by May 10.



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