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Uncommon Friends Foundation announces 2018 scholarship winners

August 31, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has announced the winners of its 2018 student scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, veterans, challenged adults, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, technology and other studies

Nominees came from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and in their personal lives, and possess high character qualities.

Winners from Cape Coral are:

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Alexandria Thompson

Single Parent Scholarship Alexandria Thompson.

Health Sciences Scholarship Brindy Klym.

PACE Center for Girls of Lee County Scholarship Sabrina Valdes.

2018 Special Recognition Scholarships Gerardo Alvarado and Maegan Mikkelson.

Winners will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation's 2018 Uncommon Evening to be held Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m., at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens. Sponsorships and event tickets can be purchased by emailing

The annual scholarship committee is chaired by Uncommon Friends Foundation board member Susan Minaya and other volunteers. Working together with many community service organizations serving challenged, nontraditional and underserved populations, the committee identifies deserving individuals who will benefit through its needs- and character-based scholarships.

Over the past 23 years under the direction of UFF board member Brenda Stewart, the foundation has awarded $580,000 in educational scholarships to 475 deserving students.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to lifelong character building among today's youth and business leaders. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First St., in downtown Fort Myers. Its waterfront Gale McBride Pavilion is available for public and private weddings and events. Public tours of the historic home are available by reservation.

For additional information, visit or call 239-337-9503.



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