Institutional Scholarships

FSW awards a variety of unique scholarships each academic year through the fundraising efforts of the FSW Foundation and scholarship funds available through the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship award amounts vary and are awarded based on several factors including, but not limited to, merit, financial need, based on a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and donor-designated criteria.

Students may receive scholarships in conjunction with Federal and State aid however, students may not receive aid in excess of FSW’s Cost of Attendance. Students are responsible for meeting all eligible requirements and submitting required admissions and financial aid documents, which may include submitting proof of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes. Students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or are no longer in Good Academic Standing will not be considered or remain eligible for FSW Scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships

The 2021-2022 Scholarship Application is Currently Open.

To be considered for all FSW institutional scholarships, students must

  1. Apply to FSW and receive a student ID number.
  2. Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year and provide to the Financial Aid office any documents required for verification. The FAFSA school code for all FSW campuses: 001477
  3. Submit a completed FSW Scholarship Application each Academic Year

*If you are a student with a documented disability and need assistance with completing this application, please contact the Office of Adaptive Services at or (239) 432‐7354*

Students awarded a scholarship will receive an email, via their Bucs email, with further information. It is important to regularly check your student email as scholarships are awarded at various times throughout the academic year.

Honors and Fine Arts Scholarships 

Institutional scholarships are offered through Florida SouthWestern State College. The institutional scholarships listed below may require a formal audition, letter(s) of recommendation, or additional prerequisites as required. Click on the individual scholarship link(s) below to learn more about any additional scholarship requirements. You may also search by keyword through an alphabetical list of All Institutional Scholarships available at FSW.

Isabella Curtis Scholarship for LaBelle High School Graduates

Presidential Scholarships

Federal and State Scholarships/Grants

Grants are financial aid that do not have to be repaid. Eligibility for grants are determined by information obtained from the submission of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) to The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) for programs below denoted by an asterisk (*). In order to apply for State Scholarship & Grant Programs, a student must first Create a Student Account. After logging into your account, you may proceed to complete the FFAA. Scholarships and Grants not marked with an asterisk are awarded through the FSW Financial Aid office and do not require the completion of the FFAA.

The Bright Futures Academic Scholarship covers 100% of in-state tuition and state approved fees. There are some specific course-related fees that are not included in this scholarship. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the stipend of $300.00 per term is not available. Any charges that exceed this amount must be paid prior to the drop date. All classes will drop if a balance is owed.

Need Based Grants

Outside Donor Scholarships

Outside Donor Scholarships are awarded by various businesses, charities, clubs/groups, etc. These scholarships have their own application process and are awarded by the outside organization.

All outside donor scholarships should be mailed to:

Office of Student Financial Aid 8099 College Parkway Fort Myers, FL. 33919

When submitting a check as an outside donor, please indicate the following identifiable information: Students first and last name, and student ID number, if available, and the academic year or semester in which to apply funds.

The links below are a few of the Outside Donor scholarships available to help get you started in your scholarship search. Please be aware of what websites you search through. There should never be a cost associated with applying for scholarships. The links below are for outside scholarships that are not offered directly through Florida SouthWestern State College. For more information, please contact the individual organization.

Local Outside Donor Scholarships

Additional Resources


  • Talk to your high school counselor about scholarships you may be eligible for.
  • Talk to organizations you have volunteered for to see if they have any available funding opportunities.
  • Ask your employer if they offer tuition reimbursement or aid towards your education.
  • The earlier you begin your scholarship research the more opportunities you will discover.

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