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Collaboratory’s scholarship application for the 2024-2025 school year will open on November 1, 2023.
Since 2014, FutureMakers Coalition at Collaboratory has been working toward a goal of transforming Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the percentage of working age (25-64 years old) adults who hold post-high school credentials to 55 percent by 2025.

Collaboratory’s scholarships support this goal by providing funding to a variety of students including traditional college-bound individuals as well as those that want to earn a credential after high school and adults looking to reconnect with education to start or advance a career. Scholarships are available for students seeking or continuing education at vocational and technical colleges, community colleges, and state colleges and universities.

FutureMakers Coalition Navigators are available to connect adults needing training programs to acquire better paying jobs as well as students who previously attended college but did not complete a credential or certification.

In 2023, Collaboratory awarded more than $1.1 million and 164 scholarships to local high school students, adult learners, undergraduate and graduate students from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. One in five students who applied received a scholarship. Collaboratory had over a 50 percent increase in applicants compared to the previous year and awarded 28 of the scholarships as multi-year awards which will continue to help the students each year towards

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The scholarship application process will close January 12, 2024, at 11 :59 p.m Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships and can upload a transcript, letter of recommendation, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Submission Summary, which is a summary of the data provided on the FA FSA form. All scholarships require the FAFSA form available at ‘ which is set to open in December this year.

“FutureMakers Coalition partners throughout Southwest Florida have been vital in spreading the word about the scholarships offered and helping increase the number of awards,” said Crystal Maldonado, scholarship coordinator at Collaboratory. “We have scholarships available for students across many categories and encourage all to apply to expand their educational opportunities.”

For those interested in starting a Col laboratory scholarship fund, email or call (239) 308-1214.