Congratulations to the 2021 Matlacha Hookers’ “Hooked on Education” Scholarship recipients.  We wish them every success with their educational goals. We would also like to thank all our generous donors who raised the funds for these scholarships.

Kelby Bower

Kelby and her family live in Bokeelia and she is currently a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers.  Kelby is pursuing a career in nursing and health science and is currently a certified nurse’s assistant.  In high school she was an active participant on the swimming and tennis teams, receiving the Sportsman’s Award in swimming and varsity letters in both sports.  Kelby attended Mariner High School and received the Principal’s Award in 2018,  the Superintendent’s Award in 2019 & 2020, as well as being in FGCU Honors College.    Kelby received the Matlacha Hookers’ Woman in the Trades Scholarship on behalf of Commander Kathleen Foley, UNC [Ret.]. 

 

Michelle Hardy

Michelle and her family live in Matlacha Isles, she is a former Pine Island Elementary School student and, by doing dual enrollment in high school at Florida Southwestern State College, graduated high school with an associate degree in General Studies.  She is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University and in the fall, she will be entering as a senior.   Michelle plans to pursue a career in Elementary Education and currently substitute teaches in Lee County, primarily at Pine Island Elementary.

Michelle has been an active participant in FGCU’s Equestrian Team and Club, she served as a camp counselor at the Matlacha Community Center several years, completed an internship in the 4th grade class at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts in the spring of 2020 and started in the 3rd grade class in the fall of 2020 , which ended prematurely because of the Covid pandemic.   Michelle received her Matlacha Hookers’ “Hooked on Education” Scholarship on behalf of the Island Crab Company [Jeff and Denise Haugland].

 

Angela Kerr

Angela is a Pine Island resident and the daughter of Mary & Neil Kerr.  She will be a junior attending the University of Central Florida after attending Florida SouthWestern State College and the Lee Virtual School.  Angela is working towards her degree in Psychology.  She was a member of the National Honor Society for three years, and belonged to the Public Speaking Club through Lee Virtual School.  She was also a participant in Pine Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) for six years. 

Angela is active in the Pine Island Playhouse and played a role in 19 productions. She was the photographer for four productions and director of “Eat: it’s not about food”.  She received the “Do the Right Thing” award from the Cape Coral Police Dept for that role.  Angela received Matlacha Hookers’ “Hooked on Education” Scholarship on behalf of ArtFest Ft. Myers.

 

Lilly Overbaugh

Lilly is a resident of Pine Island in Bokeelia and the daughter of Jennifer & Richard Overbaugh.  Lilly is currently a senior at Mariner High School.  She will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft Myers,  and plans to pursue a career in Elementary Education.    Lilly has been participating in Pine Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) since she was in 6th grade.  In this program, participants are expected to create and organize events.  Lilly’s project was one she called “All Fur Paws” in which she organized food drives for Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary, and was awarded $500 from the Disney Friends For Change Grant.  She has been active in Pine Island Playhouse for nearly eight years, serving as an actress, stage crew, stage manager, director and operating lights and sound.  She received awards as Best Female Lead and Up and Coming through Pine Island Playhouse, Superintendent’s award all four years of high school, certified Lay Leader through Florida United Methodist Church Conference, and most community hours through PILOT.  Lilly received her Matlacha Hookers’ “Hooked on Education” Scholarship on behalf of the Island Crab Company [Jeff and Denise Haugland].

 

Armando Perez

Armando lives in Bokeelia, attended Pine Island Elementary School and is currently a sophomore at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft. Myers.  He is continuing his studies toward a business degree.  Armando is an active volunteer for the Beacon of Hope and other community organizations and has assisted his Spanish professor in helping students further their language skills.  We are proud to award Armondo his second Matlacha Hookers’ “Hooked on Education” Scholarship on behalf of Holly & Rod Aldrich.

 

Adella Romeo

Adella and her family live in St James City, and she will graduate high school  this month from Florida Virtual School, where she was on the A/B Honor Roll, and received Certificates of Achievement and 80/80 Club Certificate of Excellence.  Adella is planning to attend Cape Coral Technical College with a goal of a career in nursing.  We congratulate Adella on her achievements; she received the Matlacha Hookers’ Community Living Assistance Mission Scholarship in honor of Cathy Frahm, in memory of her daughter, Christy Frahm.

 

The Matlacha Hookers congratulate our 2021 scholarship awardees and wish them every success with their educational goals. The community support as shown by our many generous donors have made these scholarships possible.  We would also like to thank all the “Hookers” whose efforts helped raise funds so we could continue with this scholarship program.