Scholarship Opportunities:

Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund

The Alumni Club of Southwest Florida is excited to have the opportunity to assist local area high school graduates with Ohio State University tuition through the Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund. The Fund was established in December, 1996, with a gift to The Ohio State University Development Fund from the Alumni Club of Southwest Florida, alumni, and friends.

All gifts are to be invested in the University’s Permanent Endowment Fund, under the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with the right to invest and reinvest as occasion dictates.

The annual income shall be used to provide academic merit scholarships to students graduating from area high schools with preference for students qualified under the criteria of the Alumni Scholars Program, interviewed, ranked, and recommended by the Alumni Club of Southwest Florida. Final selection will be made by the University Committee on Student Financial Aid.

To donate directly to the club scholarship fund you can send a check directly to the club, donate at a game watch party, or simply follow the link below:

Donate to the scholarship fund of the SWFL Alumni Club

The National Buckeye Scholarship

The Ohio State University is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population. The National Buckeye Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to non-Ohio students required to pay the out-of-state surcharge who are admitted to the Columbus campus for autumn quarter.

More information can be found online.

Current Scholarship Awards (2016-17 school year)

We are happy to announce our recipients of the club scholarship for the 2016-17 school year. The OSU Alumni Club of Southwest Florida has awarded $2750 to local students for the upcoming school year.  Alyssa Collier has been awarded $2000 from the club as she will enter her senior year at Ohio State.  Elle Thomas has also earned an award for $750 towards her tuition for the 2016-17 school year.

Alyssa Collier:

Alyssa will be a senior at The Ohio State University, with a double major in Strategic Communications and Latin American Studies.

Here is a spring 2016 update from Alyssa:

Thank you all so much! The support from the club over the last year and a half has been amazing. I can’t thank you all enough for the generous scholarships you’ve given me to help achieve my dream of graduating from Ohio State. My summer abroad and final fall semester is all that sets me apart from graduating from the best school in the land. And it’s all thanks to best alumni club in the land, The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Southwest Florida! I hope to keep the club updated as I will be studying in Peru this summer to fulfill my immersion requirement for my Spanish degree. I will be graduating this December with two degrees: Strategic Communications and Latin American Literatures and Cultures. I can not wait!  Go Bucks!

Here is the summer 2015 update from Alyssa:

Currently, I am a member of Epsilon chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity where I’ve actively volunteered with The Ohio School for the Blind. I am also working at the Jesse Owens Recreation Centers as a Recreation Assistant and as a Partners Operation Specialist for Uber. This past summer (2015), I had the chance to intern with Turner Broadcasting Systems and work in the Integrated Marketing Department with networks such as TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and TruTv. Originally, I’m from Fort Myers, Florida where I graduated from Bishop Verot High School. My father, Michael Collier, is an alumnus of The Ohio State University where he was a part of The Best Damn Band in the Land. It’s still surreal that I’m entering my last year of college and my last year as a Buckeye. I want to thank the alumni club for all of its support through the years and especially with the generous scholarships. Thank you for helping me achieve my dream of attending Ohio State and, as always, Go Bucks!

Here is a spring 2016 update from Elle:

Dear Southwest Florida Alumni Club,
I just wanted to start off by thanking the entire Alumni Club of Southwest Florida for providing me with a scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. I am pleased to say that my freshman year at Ohio State was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I am currently a Marketing major in the Max M. Fisher College of Business. In the spring of this year, I was offered and accepted a position in the Fisher College of Business Honors Program. I was also a member of the Dean’s List for both Autumn and Spring semesters. This scholarship has helped me in achieving my life long dream of attending Ohio State.
Thank you so much and Go Bucks!
Elle Thomas

With this student awards, plus our annual contribution to the Buckeye Club, the OSU Alumni Club of Southwest Florida has again awarded over $5,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. Thank you to all the members who have participated in club events to make this possible.

The club once again contributed $3000 to the Buckeye Club. The Buckeye Club makes contributions to assist the funding for athletic grant-in-aid and scholarships for student athletes in 36 varsity sports. With the 2016 contributions, The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Southwest Florida has contributed over $35,000 in scholarship money over the past 5 years. Thank you to all of our great members and contributors to our scholarship fund.

High Scholl College Fairs

Members of our Club will serve as representatives for the University at two upcoming college fairs. The fairs give high school students and their parents the opportunity to gather information on a number of colleges and universities. Bishop Verot Catholic High School will hold its College Fair on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 9-10:30a.  Lee County will host it’s annual college night on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6-8p at the Harbourside Event Center in downtown Ft. Myers.

Club Contact Information

If you know anyone considering studies at The Ohio State University, please contact Mike Collier at for scholarship information. Thank you to our members who support the scholarship program that allows local students become Buckeyes.