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Scholarship Info


2016 Scholarship Winners

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The GFWC Naples Woman's Club contributes substantial scholarships and awards to Collier County high school seniors and women in profound financial need who are returning to school.  We offer scholarships for 4-year degree-granting programs, 2-year technical programs, specific arts & journalism scholarships, and we also recognize outstanding Community Service with additional awards.  



Circle of Support Scholarships - $5,000 each, may be renewable on application

Liz Becton-Read Circle of Support Scholarships (NEW), Circle of Support Scholarships 

(NEW), Blanche Hawkins Circle of Support Scholarship Renewals



The Circle of Support recognizes and supports exemplary Collier country graduates based on academic excellence, financial need and community service.  At least one Circle of Support scholarship will be given to a mature woman who has experienced hardship, but is pursuing education or training leading to economic independence.  In 2015, a gift from the Hawkins Family Foundation was the impetus for a matching campaign allowing Naples Woman’s Club to establish this fund. In 2016, two renewable Blanche Hawkins Circle of Support scholarships were awarded. The new 2017 scholarships include three Liz Becton-Read Circle of Support Scholarships in recognition of her generous support this year, as well as additional Circle of Support scholarships funded by a caring circle of donors.


GFWC Naples Woman’s Club Educational Scholarships -  $2,000 each



The GFWC Naples Woman's Club Educational Scholarships reward academic excellence, community service and leadership shown by Collier County graduates. The Scholarship Committee carefully reviews applications from students with a 3.5 GPA or above, with consideration for financial need.


Beryl Paulson Memorial Scholarship - $2000



The Beryl Paulson Memorial Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship given to an exceptional young lady graduating in 2017 with a 3.5 GPA or above, in need of financial support to attend college. Preference is given to a young woman with previous work experience who plans to become an educator.


Art Committee Award - $2000



In partnership with the Naples Art Association, Naples Woman’s Club gives the $2000 Eileen Steen Art Award to a graduating senior continuing his or her education in the Arts.


Dorothy Edwards Technical Awards - $1500 each, renewable on application



The Dorothy Edwards Technical Awards were endowed in 1992 by a past Naples Woman's Club member.   Collier County graduates who are pursuing a technical career path are invited to apply.

Three technical/vocational scholarships are available for programs ranging from practical nursing, medical technician, dental assistant, culinary studies, etc.   See a complete list @ lwitc.edu  or itech.edu.


GFWC Naples Woman’s Club Community Service Awards – $2000 & $1000



GFWC Naples Woman's Club Community Service Awards were initiated in 2002 to recognize students who have given outstanding volunteer service to our Collier County community.  The Philanthropy Committee looks for demonstrated leadership, innovation, initiative, responsibility and dedication to philanthropic cause(s) over a significant period of time. This award may be given in addition to another NWC scholarship, and the Scholarship Committee automatically considers all NWC scholarship applicants.


Students with a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA may also apply for this award using the general scholarship application, but must clearly write COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD ONLY on the top of page one.





At A Glance ...


GFWC Naples Woman's Club is proud to award scholarships each year to Collier County residents.



Dorothy Edwards Technical Awards

$1,500 annually

2-year renewable


Circle of Support Scholarships

$5,000 (may be renewed)


Liz Becton-Read Circle of Support (NEW in 2017)



additional Circle of Support Scholarships



Blanche Hawkins Circle of Support (Year 2 renewals)



Community Service Awards

$2,000 & $1000



Beryl B. Paulson Memorial Scholarship




GFWC Educational Scholarships

General Scholarships

$2,000 each



Eileen Steen Art Award








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