Twelve students received a Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Scholarship Tuesday night, totaling $7,200.
Ralph Herring, chairperson of the scholarship committee, said the only reason the committee can give away the scholarships is because there are so many generous sponsors in the community - both individuals and businesses.
"The only reason we are able to pass it along to the kids," he said of the scholarships. "We are thrilled to be a part of this community that gets behind the young people that support them from the cradle to adulthood."
Elsie Stearns, a board member, said this year 16 students applied for the scholarship and 12 were awarded on three different levels, depending on their need for assistance.
She said the organization has given more than $200,000 to the kids of the community since its inception, which was started when little Bob would have been a senior in high school.
The recipients were recognized Tuesday night at Stonegate Bank.
- Evan Berlanti, who will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University, will be studying liberal arts.
- Courtney Frahm, another recipient, will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University to study visual arts, so she can pursue a career in graphic designing.
- Makenzie Honc wants to study art history and French at Florida State University, so she can pursue a career as a museum curator.
- Kaitlyn White, who wants to be a professional make-up artist, is attending Florida Academy for Massage and Skin Care.
- Rachel Cicoria, another scholarship recipient, graduated fourth in her class from North Fort Myers High School in 2010. She is going to Florida Gulf Coast University, so she can pursue a career in either therapy for pets or become a K9 officer.
- Caleb Davis, an Edison State College nursing student, was also awarded the scholarship. He wants to become a nurse anesthetist.
- Kyle Deak, who is attending Southwest Florida Institute, wants to become a certified corrections officer.
- Kelly Green, a Florida Gulf Coast University political science graduate, has been accepted into law school in Boston.
- Kacey Herrin is attending graduate school at Florida Gulf Coast University for occupational therapy.
- Alexandra Honc has a year left at Edison State College before she will continue her education in business administration at Florida Gulf Coast University. She wants to become a small business owner.
- Brandi Schulte, who is a sophomore at the University of South Florida, is active in the honors society. She wants to be involved with the FBI, DEA or homeland security.
- Sierra Warner, who is attending Nova University, hopes to use her creative writing degree to publish a novel one day.