Congratulations to our
2020 APASWFL Scholarship 

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Super High School Seniors!

It was a banner year for the APASWFL Scholarship, receiving over 20 applicants and awarding 15 outstanding Asian-American Seniors in Southwest Florida. Due to the Covid-19 CDC restrictions, all school assemblies and awards night were cancelled.  However, we creatively scheduled 3 separate days and locations to accomplish the Annual APASWFL Scholarship Awards according to the CDC guidelines. 

On May 13, 2020 at the Mercato Events Lawn from 3:30-6:30pm, we awarded the following: Dustin Heinduc Luu (Vietnamese/First Baptist Academy), Andrew Becker (Vietnamese/Barron Collier HS), Richard Qian (Chinese/Barron Collier HS), Vivian Rose Guite (Chinese/Naples HS), Jillian Hammel (Chinese/Gulf Coast HS) & Margaret Kahl (Chinese/Gulf Coast HS). It started off with blue skies but as we approached halfway through our scheduled awards, it was turning orange and dark.  Fortunately, we completed our awards before the smoke from the 8,250-acre brush fire in Golden Gate reached the area. 

On May 14, 2020 from 10:00am-12:30pm at the Cape Coral Residence, we awarded the following students from Cape Coral HS; Zhoucai Ni (Chinese), Hankyeol Yang (South Korean), Kimmie Balch (Vietnamese), Tan Hollman (Indonesian) & Isabella Fe Ico (Filipino).  We appreciated the comforts of being indoors and continued to abide with the CDC guidelines.

On May 15, 2020 at the Gulf Coast Town Center Courtyard, we awarded the following students; Thang Le (Vietnamese/Estero HS), Shion Simms (Japanese/Estero HS), David Pham (Vietnamese/Dunbar HS) & Ilise Mcateer (Hmong/Riverdale HS).  It was a breezy day and Mother Nature was truly kind to spare us from the rain.

APASWFL would like to send a shout out of "THANK YOU" to all who attended and participated at the 2020 AsiaFest at the Alliance for the Arts on February 8, 2020. Especially to our 2020 MS ASIAFEST, Ngan Nguyen who is our ambassadress of Asian grace, knowledge and culture.  We truly appreciate our program advertisers, donors, sponsors and volunteers.  And our sincere thanks to our business partners; Mercato, Paradise Smoothies, AZN Azian Cuisine, OFF the Hook Comedy Club, Eat Sarap, Atomy, Laugh-in Comedy Cafe, Cultural Heritage Center of SWFL, Mapalus Kawanua Florida, BellyDance & Hula Connection of SWFL to name a few.  All have greatly contributed to the APASWFL Scholarship Funds.

Congratulations to all our APASWFL Scholarship Awardees!  We would like to thank you and your family & friends who joined us. Thank you to the Dedicated APASWFL Scholarship Committee; Cynthia Roemisch, Merline Mayo, Candy Fantaci, Lois Feng, Rei Collins & Chris Mollitor. Thank you very much to Jim Wolff for his professional photographs.


APASWFL College Scholarship Application Process

Application Submissions will be accepted in spring of 2022.

2022 Deadline: March 25, 2022


Our Purpose

The Asian Professionals Association of SWFL would like to assist and encourage promising Asian-American High School Students in Charlotte, Lee & Collier Counties of SW Florida who seek higher educational opportunities. Scholarship Awards will assist students to pay for college tuition, room & board and/or other costs incurred at any accredited institution of higher learning. The number and value of awards will be determined based on the availability of funds.  Scholarship Award recipients will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievements, commitment to community services, essay and final review by the Scholarship Committee.


  • Asian-American students at public, private or parochial high schools in Collier, Lee or Charlotte County (Florida), graduating high school in 2022. Candidates will be entering their first year of college in 2022.

  • Must be a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident.

  • Must have a cumulative GPA 4.0, include transcripts of SAT and/or ACT test scores.

  • Essay Required Topic: Family Heritage Influence.

  • Letters of Recommendations from teachers, mentors, guidance counselors & others are not required but will be considered.

Application Instructions

PART I: Complete the Questionnaire. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

PART II: Attach one Essay (minimum 500 words, double-spaced with your name in upper right corner) with the following topics.

  • How has your Family Heritage, History, or Culture influenced who you are?

  • What hopes and/or goals do you have for your future?

Essay Judging Criteria    

  • Theme & Content 50% - relevance, insight, thoroughness & validity of ideas

  • Organization & Development 20% - logical development & clarity

  • Grammar & Mechanics 20%

  • Style 10% 

Application and Essay must be submitted by email or mail.


APASWFL Scholarship

13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd

Suite 202-328

Fort Myers, FL 33912

2022 Deadline: March 25, 2022