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Three Hendry County students win foundation scholarships

Uncommon Friends Foundation is pleased to announce Hendry County winners of 2017 student scholarships. Hilliard Scholarships went to Robyn Basquin and Stephanie Canales of Clewiston and a Technical College Scholarship went to Giovanni Cruz of LaBelle.

Stephanie Canales

Robyn Basquin

Giovanni Cruz

Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology, and other studies. Nominees came from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and in their personal lives, and possess high character qualities.

All winners will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s Uncommon Evening to be held Thursday, November 2, from 6 to 9 pm at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens. Event tickets and sponsorships can be purchased by emailing

The annual scholarship committee has been chaired for the last 14 years by Uncommon Friends Foundation Board Member Brenda Stewart and other volunteers. Working together with many community service organizations serving special and underserved populations, the committee identifies deserving individuals who will benefit through its needs- and character-based scholarships. Over the past 22 years, the foundation has awarded nearly 490 educational scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street. Its waterfront Gale McBride Pavilion is available for public and private weddings and events.

For more information, visit or call 239-337-9503.