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Matlacha Mariners offer scholarships

April 2, 2014
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Ross Stornello, chairman of the Matlacha Mariners' scholarship committee, has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Matlacha Mariners - Miss Judy Education Scholarships to be awarded in July.

The program began with an initial contribution of $1,000 from "Miss Judy" and her husband, Butch Gay, of Matlacha.

"We thought that granting scholarships to local students was a great idea, so we continued with the program," Stornello said.

In 2014, the Mariners will present up to five scholarships of $2,000 each to qualified applicants. Scholarships may be used for tuition, books or other acceptable facets of education at either a certification or licensing program or toward a college degree.

Scholarships will be awarded at the Mariners July meeting, the first week in July. Awardees will be notified in advance. Please submit completed applications to the address shown below before the deadline of June 1.

The necessary qualifications for applicants include:

A high school diploma or equivalent and one of the following:

1. Applicant is a former student of Pine Island Elementary School or,

2. Applicant is a Matlacha Mariner or,

3. Someone in the applicant's immediate family is a Matlacha Mariner or,

4. Applicant is a resident of Pine Island?

Applications may be picked up at The Pine Island Public library or at Trader's Hitching Post, Pine island Road Matlacha, or downloaded from

Mail your application to: Matlacha Mariners /Miss Judy Education Scholarship, c/o Ross Stornello, 2968 Buttonwood Key Ct. St. James City, FL 33956

For questions or additional information, please call Stornello at 239-282-1442 or Ron Mayhew at 239-282-1464

No applications will be accepted after June 1.



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