SWFL Scholarship Opportunity Now Open for Undocumented Students

March 2nd, 2015 

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The Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project is releasing the first ever scholarship fund for undocumented students in Southwest Florida (Collier and Lee Counties). We are excited to offer one qualifying community member a $500 scholarship to go toward their future or current educational prospects. This opportunity was made possible by the generous donation by the Luque Law Firm, P.A. For more information on this firm, please scroll below.

You can download the application here 


The Launchpad Fund knows that financial assistance for undocumented community members seeking educational opportunities is extremely limited. Because of this, we believe that by helping our community with financial support, dreams that were once unattainable become possible. We believe in our namesake: providing a Launchpad for individuals to reach their dreams. 


One $500 scholarship is available for a community member who meets all of the following requirements:

  1. Reside in Collier or Lee counties
  2. Do not have legal status in the country (i.e. Permanent residency or U.S. citizenship) or have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protective Status (TPS); ***
  3. Demonstrate financial need*
  4. Are currently a high school senior, obtained a high school diploma or GED equivalent;
  5. Are attending or seeking to attend:**
  • a community college;
  • a four-year university; or
  • a trade/vocational/technical school
  1. Have obtained a 2.5 GPA
  2. Have one letter of recommendation*
  3. Commit to working with the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project*
  4. Submit a personal statement/submission*

Applications should be sent to:

Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project

P.O. Box 62071

Fort Myers, FL 33906

postmarked by May 22nd, 2015. We are NOT accepting electronic applications. Semi-finalists will be contacted for a final interview and the finalist will be notified by late June 2015. Questions regarding the application can be emailed to launchpad@collierstoriesmatter.org

*These topics are discussed in detail in the next page **If in high school, send us a copy of an unofficial transcript. If you have graduated, send us a copy of your high school diploma or your GED certificate. Please do not send us originals. Only copies. ***Send us a copy (not an original) of your DACA/TPS approval notice.


Luque law firm logoThe Luque Law Firm, P.A.

Immigration Attorney

Erica Luque, Esq. – Managing Partner

5037 Tamiami Trail East

Naples, Florida 34113

(239) 986-1196


Art for Dignity and Justice

I had the great privilege to create a piece on behalf of the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project for the October 5th National Day of Action March for Dignity and Justice! The piece is currently featured on Culture Strike and Not1MoreDeportation. We, as CCNSP, are very humbled to be able be part of such a pivotal moment for our communities and we will continue demanding dignity and justice for as long as it takes! We hope to see you all out on October 5th, too!

Feel free to share the graphic widely through your social networks! Please, credit Rommy Torrico and link back to collierstoriesmatter.org or blog.collierstoriesmatter.org. We hope to get prints soon so if you’re interested, feel free to email us with your name and the quantity so that we have an idea of how many we will need to order. Send all inquires to rommy@collierstoriesmatter.org

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Also featured on Not1MoreDeportation is our Paletero piece! We will have 5×8 postcards available on donation at our trainings, events and online. Keep a look out!


¡Reuniones Comunitarias GRATIS para Aprender Más Sobre la Reforma Migratoria!

La propuesta de ley del senado ya está aquí! Pero que significa para nuestra comunidad? que pasa ahora? Que puedes hacer?

Todas estas preguntas serán contestadas en nuestras asembleas comunitarias que tendrémos en 3 ciudades en las próximas 2 semanas!

las reuniones se auspician por El Proyecto: Colección de Voces y la Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida 

For information in English, Go here

Naples: Lunes, 6 de Mayo, 6:30 PM en el Golden Gate Community Center

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Immokalee: Miercoles, 8 de mayo a las 6:00 PM en el RCMA  

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Fort Myers: Miercoles, 15 de Mayo at 5:30 PM en la East United Way House 

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FREE Community Assemblies in May Re: Immigration Reform

The Senate Immigration Reform Bill is here! But what does that mean for our community? What happens now? What can you do?

All these questions will be answered at our community assemblies being hosted in 3 different cities in the next two weeks!

These meetings are hosted by the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project and the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)

Para información en español vea acá

Naples: Monday, May 6th at 6:30 PM at the Golden Gate Community Center

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Immokalee: Wednesday, May 8th at 6:00 PM at the RCMA  Download Flyer

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Fort Myers: Wednesday, May 15th at 5:30 PM at the East United Way House Download Flyer

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