More than $80,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to high school and college students pursuing education relating to careers within the construction, engineering, architecture and connected trade industries since 2005, under the leadership of the Collier Building Industry Association
(CBIA) through its Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF). CBIF scholarship applicants are students in good standing, recommended by teachers, or returning students having a strong interest in the construction industry and/or related trades who desire to pursue higher education opportunities. The following six students have been awarded CBIF scholarships for the 2020 – 2021 school year: Elaina Cooke, Florida Gulf Coast University; Caleb Froitzheim, Florida Institute of Technology; Jacob German, a graduate of Florida Atlantic University pursuing a Master of Arts degree; Alexis Hernandez, who will attend Florida SouthWestern State College; Oscar Lorenzo, who will attend Florida Gulf Coast University; and Alex Soriano, who will attend Florida State University. The 2021 scholarship application will be available on the website in January 2021.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida
(CAC) received a $26,800 donation from the Arby’s Foundation. The funds will be used to support the programs and services CAC provides to child victims of abuse and their families in Lee, Glades, Charlotte and Hendry counties. The Arby’s Foundation, the independent charitable arm of Arby’s and part of the Inspire Brands Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, has contributed more than $90 million to youth-related causes since its inception in 1986. As part of their annual in-restaurant fundraising program, the Make a Difference campaign, this year nearly half of the funds raised were reinvested locally in communities across America.