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


In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Passes in Florida!

May 2014

It is very exciting to share that the in-state tuition bill, HB851, passed the FL House of Representatives with overwhelming support on May 2nd! It now moves to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. In the past two months, the in-state tuition bill has moved from the Senate to the House of Representatives because of continued pressure by undocumented students who mobilized to Tallahassee to see their dreams become reality!


Below you will find press coverage as well as pictures of CCNSP’s involvement in this victory!

In the coming months, we hope to move forward with an education initiative to make sure in-state tuition as well as other resources for undocumented students make their way to those that need them.

If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact us at info@collierstoriesmatter.org



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Nestor, one of our members and DACA eligible student, gets his Driver’s License!


Nestor just got his license after qualifying for Deferred Action this past year! Help us in congratulating him!

Note: Please note that if you are a DACA eligible young individual, you can still obtain your driver’s license even with Governor Scott’s veto.







If you have questions about this, please let us know at info@collierstoriesmatter.org. You can also find more information about obtaining a driver’s licenses in Florida as a deferred action recipient here

Read more about his story in today’s Naples Daily News article: Edison State_6_23_13

¡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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