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Students Receive Help Completing the FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step for families to complete in order for their student to be considered for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

College Goal Sunday is a free session open to all Collier County families in which you can get assistance from trained volunteers and financial aid professionals and complete your FAFSA online.

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Featured Champion: Beverly Feagin

“Education is the key to opportunity,” says Beverly Feagin, Champions For Learning board member, chair of the Volunteer Leadership Council and College Goal Sunday Volunteer.

This firm belief in education first led Beverly to become involved with Champions For Learning by volunteering for College Goal Sunday. College Goal Sunday trains volunteers to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This resource will make filling out the FAFSA much easier for students and families.

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Featured Champion: China Pierrelus

As a child of Haitian immigrants, China dreamed of one day receiving a degree and making her parents proud. As a first generation student, China faced many hardships.

China did not allow these obstacles to deter her. With the help of Champions For Learning and her mentor, China was able to earn a degree in Community Health from Florida Gulf Coast University. China currently works with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida where she educates the community about living a healthy lifestyle. She is also being honored as a Champion at our Night of Champions event on February 10, 2016 at the Naples Grande.

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Champions For Learning To Name Five Suncoast Credit Union Scholars In 2016

The Suncoast Credit Union announces its partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and Champions For Learning, the local education foundation, to offer five $2,000 scholarship awards to deserving Suncoast Credit Union Logo full colorhigh school seniors (graduating 2016) in Collier County public, private and home schools.

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Champions For Learning Announces Collier County Teachers of Distinction

The job of molding the minds of our future leaders is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Teachers have risen to the occasion and so many have put great ideas into practice to make a difference for our students.

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Champions Day: Making A Difference in the Lives of Students

To many Snow White, Cinderella, and a lawyer wouldn’t fall under the same category. But to Hailie Dixon, who grew up in a single mother household, receiving a college degree was something right out of a fairy tale; SAM_1402something that she could only dream of. This was until she joined Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children mentoring and scholarship program.

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Featured Champion: William R. Barker

“The consequence of a quality education becomes more apparent to me every year that passes,” says William R. Barker, Chair of Champions For Learning’s Board of Directors, “It’s vitally important to the health of ourmary beth and bill barker community to support our teachers and students.  Teachers impact all students and we celebrate that fact by shining a light on the best practices of our teachers each year through Golden Apple.  And our programs for students involve mentors that help them model the way to a successful education and set them on a positive life path encouraging us all through their hard work and dedication to getting a quality education. Many are first generation college students.”

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Champions For Learning Ranked Among Top 25 Education Foundations Nationwide

Champions For Learning, Collier County’s education foundation, has been ranked 21st in the nation’s only annual study of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation”.

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Changing the Future One Student at a Time

“As a mentor, Jack always showed up. He was always supportive. He made me feel like he actually cared,” says Jerry, a 2015 Take Stock in Children graduate. “He’s honestly impacted my life so much in such a short amount of time. We’ve only known each other for two years and I feel like he’s changed my whole life.”

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Thank you Mrs. Gaynor-Outstanding Philanthropist 2015

On November 12th, Mrs. Lavern Gaynor was recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropist for 2015 by the Everglades Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration.  She was joined by her family, friends, many community members and two of the Take Stock in Children graduates that she helped to support, Nasha Etienne a student at FGCU and Missa Desir a student at FSW.

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