Scholarships awarded to dependents of city employees
Following Hurricane Charley in 2004, an endowment fund was established with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to provide scholarships for dependents of city of Sanibel employees.
This year, there are multiple sources contributing to the city’s Employee Dependent Scholarship Program: The Charitable Foundation of the Islands, Southwest Florida Community Foundation endowment and Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, as well as proceeds from city vending machines.
“The Charitable Foundation of the Islands is pleased to continue to support the scholastic futures of the deserving sons and daughters of our valued city employees,” Chip Roach, chairman of the board, said.
The following dependents of employees will each be awarded a $2,000 scholarship:
– Jacob “Jake” Crandon is a rising senior at Berry College and 2016 graduate of Canterbury School. He is majoring in exercise science and is a student athlete playing baseball for the school’s Division III Baseball Program. Crandon plans to pursue graduate school for physical therapy. It is his third year in the scholarship program. Crandon is the son of police Lt. Frank Crandon, who has been employed by the city for 19 years.
– Amber Schweitzer is a rising sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University and a 2018 graduate of Ida S. Baker High School. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education with plans to relocate to Chicago, where she will pursue her master’s and begin her career in teaching. It is Schweitzer’s second year in the scholarship program. She is the daughter of Stephen Schweitzer, tradesworker with the Public Works Department, who has been employed by the city for nearly four years.
– Hailey Upchurch is a rising sophomore at the University of Central Florida and 2018 graduate of Mariner High School, placing in the top five in her class. She is pursuing a bachelor’s in health sciences on the pre-clinical track, the first step in reaching her goal of becoming an orthodontist. Upchurch carries a 3.6 GPA while maintaining a 16 credit hour course load and working full-time. It is second year in the scholarship program. Upchurch is the daughter of Jocelyn Upchurch-Hawkins, accounting operations manager with the Finance Department, who has been employed by the city for six years.
– Alyssa Vetter is a rising junior at Florida Gulf Coast University and a 2017 graduate of Cypress Lake High School. She is pursuing a bachelor’s in finance with future plans to seek out a career as a financial advisor. Vetter is a third year recipient in the scholarship program. She is the daughter of Holly Vetter, senior permit technician with the Community Services Department, who has been employed by the city for 25 years.