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Civic awards two scholarships to North Fort Myers High grads

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Jun 14, 2021

The North Fort Myers Civic Association has awarded its first scholarships to a pair of North Fort Myers graduating seniors.

Sam Holmes and Makenna Brown each received $1,000 scholarships.

Danny Ballard, president of the civic association, said the original plan three years ago was to give just one, but after COVID and some very good fundraising, they were able to award two.

“We put $1,000 away that first year, and we never got all our ducks in a row. This year, the scholarship committee was organized and we added another $1,000,” Ballard said. “I don’t know if we can do this next year, but we plan to put at least one in our budget.”

Ballard said there are many fundraisers being planned for the end of the year, and the tournament held to replace their annual Wiffle Ball Bash raised a record $10,000 for the organization, meaning more than one is a possibility, something Ballard said he hopes they can do.

Holmes, who led his doubles boys tennis team to states this spring, said he was surprised to receive it.

“This scholarship came a little later, but I’m very happy and appreciative of the civic association for this scholarship,” said Holmes, who also is getting a Bright Futures scholarship, and a Merit scholarship from the University of Central Florida.

Holmes is going to participate in a Compass Program at UCF for STEM students who are still unsure of their major.

Brown, who was in cheer for four years, said she appreciates getting the scholarship and plans to continue cheering in college.

“It’s really an honor that I’m one of two kids to get this,” said Brown, who plans to go the Florida Gulf Coast University, then transfer to the University of Florida for medicine and hopefully become a pediatrician.

The North Fort Myers Civic Association was founded in 2000 and is a non-profit run by volunteers to promote pride in the area and be a public forum to hear the voice of the community, solve issues, and empower residents and business owners for the betterment and beautification of the community.

For more information visit nfmcivic.com