Students claim more than $1 million in scholarship awards

Oprah Winfrey didn't give out a car, but students in the audience did receive a large reward.

Students at Lely High School accepted Bright Futures scholarships, military awards and scholarships from local community organizations May 18.

"The students are receiving kind gifts for hard work (they've) done this year," Principal Michael Parrish said.

Nancy Rose Spector, of Marco Island, applied for 19 scholarships. She received a Bright Futures scholarship for 100-percent tuition and $12,600 from community organizations. She plans on attending New College of Florida in Sarasota.

The students completed essays and interviews along with meeting the stipulations for each scholarship award.

Brian Fletcher, of Marco Island, received a Bright Futures scholarship for 75-percent tuition. He received $4,500 from community organizations after applying for five scholarships. He plans on pursuing a bachelor's degree in hotel management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

The local organizations set the qualifying criteria for each scholarship and many took into consideration both merit and need.

After applying for 13 scholarships, Sarah Burbage, of Marco Island, received $12,820 along with a Bright Futures scholarship for 100-percent tuition.

"It's going to help a lot with college, it's very rewarding," Burbage said.

"The amount of money awarded is a true reflection of the commitment that community organizations have made to help seniors attain goals by being able to attend post-secondary institutions of higher learning," said Jerry Muenich, director of guidance.

Victoria Spaziani, of Marco Island, applied for more than 20 scholarships to help pay for her tuition at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She received $18,000 plus a Bright Futures scholarship for 100-percent tuition.

The grand total received by Lely students was $1,234,645.

"I'm very honored and surprised. Everything I've worked for the last four years is worth it," Spaziani said.

• Bright Futures scholarships

Florida academic scholar recipients

100-percent tuition at a public Florida University or comparable amount at a Florida private school and $300/semester

3.5 grade point average calculated by Bright Futures and 1270 on SAT or 28 on ACT

75 hours community service

Megan Beddow; Jessica Braun; Sarah Burbage; Jonathan Caruso; Kristen Cooke; Hilary Dowdy; Rosie Flores; Christine Fuller; Anthony Nowakowski; John Oxendine; Ryan Poling; Victoria Spaziani; Nancy Rose Spector; Stephanie Tears

• Florida Medallion scholarship recipients

  • Bright Futures scholarships for one year: $219,464
  • Military awards: $595,000
  • Local community scholarships: $420,181
  • GRAND TOTAL: $1,234,645

75-percent tuition at a public Florida University or comparable amount at a Florida private school and $300/semester

3.0 grade point average calculated by Bright Futures and 970 on SAT or 20 on ACT

Meredith Alkire; Maxmillian Barber; Joshua Barkin; Kristine Bayer; Victoria Biddle; Andres Boral; Cynthia Buchan; Jeimee Cadenas; Katie Card; Jenna Choate; Brittany Christian; Jonathan Cooper; Jared Cox; Lia Defeo; Chrisandra Downer; Amelia Ellison; Keith Embree; Stephanie Escobar; Mark Feola; Brian Fletcher; Kristen Garner; Sean Gerhardstein; Oscar Gonzalez; Miguel Guillen; Logan Hartman; Ashley Heweker; Bryan Holm; Brodie Howard; Jennifer Hunt; Ashley Isabell; Nicholas Jokela; Amber Jones; Daiquiri Jones; Adam Kunce; Anthony Lach; Thomas Ladd; Joseph Lazzaro; Dennis Lemus; Cameron Lewis; Andre Linden; Erin Litvak; Christian Logaglio; Kiana Lugo; Bailey MacDonald; Andrea Mastrangelo; Jonathon Milum; Lynzee Morris; Raymond Neill; Sophia O'Neill; Christopher Offutt; Kristin Orta; Christie Ortiz; Hector Ortiz; Robert Radliff; Samantha Scheeler; Steven Schultz; Serena Sciallis; Alexandria Seekings; Robert Sorenson; Danielle Stone; Justin Suzarra; Emily Tirado; Heather Trude; Michael Urbine; Kelsey Vachon; James Waller; Alysson Walling; Blair Westervelt; Amanda Wilson; Chelsie Wilson

• United States Coast Guard Academy

Nicholas Jokela, four-year education valued at $350,000

• ROTC Scholarships

Jennifer Hargis has been offered a $95,000 four-year army ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Tampa

• Four-year Navy ROTC scholarship

Ryan Poling, valued at $150,000

• Advertising Federation of Southwest Florida

Logan Hartman and Nancy Rose Spector, $500 each

Lely High School seniors Nancy Rose Spector, left, and Kristen Cooke have a little fun before going up on stage to collect their scholarship awards on May 18.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Marco Eagle

Lely High School seniors Nancy Rose Spector, left, and Kristen Cooke have a little fun before going up on stage to collect their scholarship awards on May 18.

• American Association of University Women — Marco Island

Victoria Spaziani, $1,000 renewable for four years

• American Legion Women's Auxiliary Post 135

Sarah Burbage, $500

• The American Public Works Association — Ben C. Pratt Scholarship

Charles Shiels, $500

• Art League of Marco Island

Christine Fuller, $300

• Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner Make A Difference Award

Ruth Damys, $200, or more

• Bill Owen Memorial Scholarship — Southwest Florida Golf Charities

Patrick Hamlin, $5,000

• Collier Building Industry AssociationCommunity Foundation Of Collier County

Andres Boral, Christopher Fusco, Jonathon Mejia, Charles Shiels, $1,000 each

• Collier County Medical Society Alliance

Katie Card, $500 renewable each year until the completion of medical school

• Comcast Leaders and Achievers Award

Megan Beddow, $1,000

• Daughters of the American Revolution — Marco Island

Victoria Spaziani, $500

• David Turner Memorial Scholarship Award

Cory Kullen and Eslandi Padin, $1,000 each

• Devoe Automotive Group

Andrea Mastrangelo and Christie Ortiz, tuition for four years at approximately $15,500 each

• Divosta Homes Scholarship

Cherline Bonhomme, $1,000

• Dorothy Jolly Memorial Scholarship

Lely High School seniors Serena Sciallis, from left Jonathan Caruso, Samantha Scheeler, and Brian Fletcher capture a moment before learning which scholarships they'd been granted on May 18.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Marco Eagle

Lely High School seniors Serena Sciallis, from left Jonathan Caruso, Samantha Scheeler, and Brian Fletcher capture a moment before learning which scholarships they'd been granted on May 18.

Alex Silhomme, $1,000

• East Naples Civic Association

Katie Card, Angel Cruz, Stephanie Escobar, Gretchen Gomez, Luis Velasco, $500 each and if they attend Edison College, Edison will match the $500

• East Naples Civic Association — Tropical Lightscapes Inc.

Andres Boral, $500

• East Naples Firefighters — local 2396

Michael Schank, $1,200

• Edison College Hope Scholars

Jessica Garcia, Gretchen Gomez, Eduardo Herrera, Anier Marrero, Venes St Ilis, Natalia Saint Jean, Beck Valdez, Luis Velasco, Annorat Wenderson, full tuition and books, which is $2,600 per year

• Edward J. Beck Memorial Scholarship

Kristine Bayer, $1,000

• Elks Lodge 2010 BPOE

Anthony Lach, $1,000

• E.T. Brisson Detachment No. 063 — Marine Corps League

Lisa Thornton, $500

• Florida Association of Realtors

Lia Defeo, $5,000

• Founders Scholarship Fund Inc. — Club at Pelican Bay

Jenna Choate, Brian Fletcher, Lynzee Morris, $2,000 each renewable for four years

• Founders Fund — Ed Brennan Scholarship

Lynzee Morris, $500

• Greater Naples Alumnae Panhellenic

Megan Beddow, Jessica Braun, Amanda Wilson, $500 each

• Gulfshore Shootout

Bryan Holm, $1,000

• Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Award (Cino De Mayo)

Kristine Bayer, Linda Bedolla, Andres Boral, Stephanie Escobar, Kristin Orta, Lauren Quiroga, Viviana Rodriquez, Emily Tirado and Luis Velasco, $200 each; Angel Cruz, Gretchen Gomez, Marco Lora and Becky Valdez, $120 each; Jeimee Cadenas and Beatrice Fi Gueroa, $100 each

• Italian American Society of Marco Island

Martin Flores, $600

• James Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology Scholarships

Sandra Jimenez, Yasmine Jimenez, Yunaysi Pantoja and Jessica Richards studying to be administrative assistants; Travis Bricker and Carlos Rodriguez studying computer electronics; Adriene Lenihan and Alicia Lopez studying culinary, $500 each to continue studies at Lorenzo Walker Institue of Technology.

• Jean Cornacchia Memorial Scholarship

Anthony Lach, $900

• Kiwanis Club of East Naples

Megan Beddow, $2,000

• Kiwanis Club of Marco Island

Sarah Burbage, Hilary Dowdy, Anthony Nowakowski, Samantha Scheeler, Nancy Rose Spector, Emily Tirado and Amanda Wilson, $2,000 scholarship, $1,000 each semester

• Lely High School Band Boosters

Sarah Burbage and Logan Hartman, $320 each; Megan Beddow and Jessica Braun, $295 each; Trisa Carr, Rosie Flores, Stephanie Escobar, Viviana Rodriquez, Kerry Stratton and Virginia Wallace, $270 each; Alex Seekings, $115

• Lely High School Winged Foot Nominee

Jameson Jean-Gilles, $3,000

• Marco Island Hospital Auxiliary

Victoria Spaziani, $500 renewable

• Marco Island Restaurant Association

Brian Fletcher, $1,000 renewable for four years

• Marco Island Rotary Club

Jared Cox and Anthony Nowakowski, $1,000 each for each semester renewable for four years

• Marco Island Shell Club

Adam Kunce, $1,500

• Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club

Sarah Burbage, Samantha Jeffrey, Nancy Rose Spector, Trisa Carr, $1,000 each for each semester renewable for four years; Victoria Spaziani, $1,000 renewable for four years

• Marco Island Woman's Club Foundation

Sarah Burbage, Victoria Spaziani and Nancy Rose Spector, $2,000 each renewable for one year; Samantha Scheeler, $1,000 renewable for one year

• McDonalds Restaurant Adams and O'Reilly Inc.

Katiana Cham, $500

• Michigan State University "Camp" Scholarship

Jose Bedolla and Martin Flores, $17,000

• Mock Trial Scholarships

Ruth Damys, $500 best attorney in county competition, $400 for best defense attorney in county competition, $400 for best prosecution attorney in regional competition; Chrisandra Downer, $400 for best defense witness in regional competition, $400 for best prosecution witness in regional competition and was best witness in state competition; Kara Sajdak, $200 for best witness in county competition; Jonathan Cooper, $136.50 for county competition; Kristen Cook, Nancy Rose Spector and Chrisandra Downer, $100 each for county competition.

• Naples Bay Rotary Club

Cherline Bonhomme, Jeimee Cadenas and Stephanie Escobar, $500 each

• Naples Community Hospital Health Care System

Natalia Saint Jean, Ketlene Saint Fort, Becky Valdez, Virginia Wallace, Chelsea Walter, $6,000 for an associate of arts degree and $8,000 for a bachelor's degree in nursing

• Naples Garden Club

Adam Kunce, $3,000; Charles Shiels, $2,500

• Naples Junior Woman's Club

Victoria Spaziani, $1,500

• Naples Music Club

Danielle Connelly, $300; Samuel Chadwick, $500; Robert Radliff, $1,000

• Naples Woman's Club

Andres Boral and Megan Beddow, $1,500 each

• Naples Yacht Club/Blue Gavel Scholarship Fund

Jeimee Cadenas, Jennifer Hunt, Kristin Orta, Charles Shiels, Stephanie Tears and Chelsie Wilson, $1,000 each

• Neapolitan Chapter, American Business Womens Association Scholarships From The Debby Cox Scholarship Fund

Victoria Spaziani, $3,500

• Neapolitan Chapter, American Business Women's Association

Megan Beddow, $1,000

• Optimist Club Of Naples — Presidential Freedom Scholarship

Megan Beddow and Samantha Scheeler, $500 from the local optimist club matched by the National Presidential Freedom Organization for a total of $1,000

• Quest For Kids Full Tuition Scholarship

Raymond Neil and Virginia Walllace, each recipient will receive a four year Florida prepaid tuition totaling approximately $31,000.

• Ralph Stewart Scholarship Award

Robert Radliff, $1,000

• Raymond & Sara Thomas Scholarship Fund — Community Foundation Of Collier County

Gina Murphy and Ketlene Saint Fort, $1,000 each

• San Marco Council Of Catholic Women Scholarship Award

Brian Fletcher and Victoria Spaziani, $1,500 each

• Sheryl Seamples Memorial Scholarship

Gabriela Bonn, $1,000

• Southwest Florida Gator Club

Victoria Spaziani, $500

• Suncoast For Kids By the Suncoast Federal Credit Union through The Educational Foundation of Collier County

Yvonette Isme, $1,000

• Take Stock In Children

Brittany Bilan, Martin Flores, Joshua Eiler, Christine Fuller, Jessica Garcia, Oscar Gonzalez, Lauren Quiroga, Lynsey Riffle, Serena Sciallis, each recipient will receive approximately $9,000 to atttend a community college for two years and a state university for the next two years

• Tom Czurko Memorial Award — Marco Island Charter School

Amanda Wilson, $500

• William S. Gentry Student Leadership Award presented by The Forum Club of Southwest Florida

Megan Beddow, $1,000

• Womens' Republican Club of Naples Federated

Trisa Carr, Adam Kunce and Heather Trude, $1,000 each

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