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Through our donors' generosity, more than 55 scholarships are awarded to students in our college each year to help fund their education. We offer scholarships aligned with specific academic programs as well as general college scholarships. Start exploring and learn about our different options.

COLLEGE

Ann McCormick Simpson Endowed Scholarship

Ann McCormick Simpson received her master’s degree from the University of Central Florida while working a full-time job. After graduating, Ann began her career as an elementary teacher and taught for a few years. She transitioned into working in administration and eventually began working for a national reading company. Ann has always had a passion for education and knew she wanted to help support others. She established this scholarship for graduate students because she remembers how hard it was working full-time while pursuing a master’s degree. Her hope is that this scholarship will help alleviate some financial burdens and encourage students to advance their education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time or part-time graduate student with a major within the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicants will be considered on merit-based, state-defined GPA requirements for merit-based aid.
Ruth Ginchereau Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Scholarship fund for full-time undergraduate students in the College Community Innovation and Education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants should be undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • A freshman recipient must demonstrate at least a 2.75 GPA from high school; sophomore, junior or senior recipients must demonstrate an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in their major field of study.
  • Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Applicants must have previous academic record, leadership qualities and a commitment to their major field of study.
  • Preference will be given to single parents and head of household with dependent children who are otherwise qualified applicants.

COUNSELOR EDUCATION AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Endowed Scholarship in Counselor Education

Scholarship Purpose
To provide awards to university students studying the field of counselor education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant must hold/maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicant must demonstrate involvement in clubs, organizations, volunteer leadership positions or community service by submitting an essay or resume.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
Dr. Kenneth E. "Pete" Fisher Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Dr. Joyce Clampitt and Dr. Daniel Holsenbeck established the Dr. Kenneth E. “Pete” Fisher Endowed Scholarship as a tribute to their children Amy and Alan Clampitt-Holsenbeck. Amy and Alan were both UCF Knights and involved in UCF’s athletic program from a very early age. Dr. Holsenbeck was a part of the UCF leadership team for 30+ years and spent 25 years refereeing UCF’s basketball team. During this time, Amy became very interested in basketball and ended up growing up in the UCF basketball program as a supporter to the team trainer. Amy went on to be an all-star basketball player her freshman year of high school.

Sentiments from the Family
“We wanted this scholarship to be a tribute to our children and their interests in athletics. We felt that this was the right thing to do for UCF.” – Dr. Daniel Holsenbeck

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be admitted to the counselor education program.
  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 GPA if an undergraduate and 3.5 GPA if a graduate student.
  • Applicants must be enrolled (or intend to enroll) as a graduate in the College of Community Innovation and Education's counseling program.
  • Applicants must review a profile of Dr. Fisher and be able to speak to the interviewing committee with an understanding of who he was and how the finalist could best honor Dr. Fisher's memory.
  • Applicants must be either a full-time or part-time student.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong community or university service.
  • Applicants must submit a letter of application indicating their reasons for pursuing a degree in counseling and why they’re qualified; undergraduate transcripts and graduate transcripts, if applicable; and three recent letters of recommendation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Amy Kuritar Lohrmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Amy Kuritar Lohrmann was an exceptional UCF student who graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Amy was an active member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and enjoyed her time at UCF. After college, Amy started her career as a probation officer in Seminole County but still stayed connected with UCF by coming back and sharing her work with criminal justice students. In 2001, Amy lost her life because of domestic violence. Shortly after her death, her mother and father — Robert and Renee Kuritar — established this memorial scholarship to honor their daughter and raise awareness for domestic violence prevention through law enforcement support. Renee and Robert hope that this scholarship can assist criminal justice students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Sentiments from the Family
"Amy would want this scholarship to encourage students to study hard and to go out into the world and make a difference." – Renee Kuritar

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate majoring in criminal justice.
  • Be a junior or senior at the time award is received.
  • Must possess a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Provide a written description of professional goals and current involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate involvement in clubs and organizations, volunteer leadership positions and community service.
Criminal Justice Memorial Quasi-Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Purpose
For full-time seniors majoring in criminal justice.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant must hold at least senior standing and have completed at least 12 hours of criminal justice coursework.
  • Applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in criminal justice coursework.
  • Applicant must provide a written description of professional goals as well as current involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who demonstrate involvement in clubs and organizations, volunteer leadership positions and community service.
The Detective Barry Pruette Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Altamonte Springs Police Department established this endowed scholarship in 2010 in memory of Detective Barry Pruette. Detective Pruette was a highly respected member of the Altamonte Springs Police Department who passed away in 1999 at the age of 42. He served the department in many roles, including patrol officer, traffic officer and detective. Detective Pruette was especially passionate about working as a field training officer, helping to mold new officers. The scholarship was created with the intent of aiding young men and women from all walks of life who want to become local, state or federal law enforcement officers.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time undergraduate student in their junior or senior year in the College of Community Innovation and Education, majoring in criminal justice.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a career in the criminal justice field in law enforcement (local, state or federal).
  • Applicant must provide a 500-word narrative describing their career goals.
  • Applicant will be invited, and encouraged, to attend an awards presentation ceremony at the Altamonte Springs Police Department.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
George DeSalvia Memorial Endowed Scholarship

On February 3, 2000, at the age of 29, Officer George DeSalvia was shot and killed while backing up another officer during a traffic stop. The second officer had arrested one of the occupants of the vehicle on an outstanding warrant. As Officer DeSalvia and the second officer attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle, the driver pulled out a handgun and shot Officer DeSalvia in the head and also critically injuring the second officer. Officer DeSalvia didn’t survive. The shooter was captured after a manhunt involving several hundred law enforcement officers and was ultimately found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Officer DeSalvia, a married father of three, had been working with the Orlando Police Department for seven months at the time of his death. This scholarship was established in 2004 by Officer DeSalvia’s brother, Derek DeSalvia.

Scholarship Purpose
Provide scholarships to criminal justice students.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate majoring in criminal justice.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Applicant must demonstrate involvement in clubs, organizations, volunteer leadership positions and community service by submitting an essay and resume.
Jallad Family Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by sisters Deborah Snow and Sharon Jallad, owners of Accredited Surety and Casualty in Orlando. Deborah is the president and chair of the board, while Sharon is the chief operating officer and corporate secretary. Under the family’s leadership, the company has become one of the nation’s most respected property and casualty insurance companies underwriting bail. It is represented by more than 1,600 bail agents nationwide.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate majoring in criminal justice or legal studies.
  • Applicant must hold an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
The Jennifer Kesse Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide awards to University of Central Florida students enrolled in the Department of Criminal Justice.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time graduate student majoring in criminal justice.
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicant may provide a 500-word narrative describing their view on The Jennifer Kesse - Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act of 2008.
  • Applicant's permanent residence must be in the state of Florida.
Lawrence M. Gerrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Lawrence Gerrell is a criminal justice alumnus who always thought of his time at the University of Central Florida with great fondness. Lawrence went on to have a long career with the Florida Highway Patrol and established this scholarship for criminal justice students through his estate planning.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant is studying in the field of criminal justice.
  • Applicant must meet and maintain academic standards as set forth by UCF.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need based upon guidelines set forth in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Preference will be given to applicants having only one or no living parents.
Margaret M. Samet Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Purpose
The purpose of the fund is to provide criminal justice scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate majoring in criminal justice or legal studies.
  • Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior at the time award is received.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicants must provide a written description of professional goals and current involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate involvement in clubs and organizations, volunteer leadership positions and community service.

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Dillon Burleson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was started in honor of Dillon Burleson, a passionate graduate of the Higher Education and Policy Studies program (educational leadership, student personnel). Dillon passed away about a year after graduation, and some of his classmates came together to establish this scholarship to honor his legacy and love for students and higher education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • The student must be a second-year student in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (Higher Education/Student Personnel track) program.
  • The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • The applicants may be required to submit an essay describing how their expectations of higher education have changed since starting the program.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Larry Hudson Starfish Scholarship

The Starfish Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Larry Hudson, a distinguished faculty member of the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education for many years. Larry lived the ideals of teaching and education. The generosity of many donors has made this scholarship possible for students in the Technical Education and Industry Training program as well as the Career and Technical Education program.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants may be either full- or part-time students.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in the College of Community Innovation and Education as either an undergraduate student in technical education and industry training or a graduate student in career and technical education.
  • Applicants will submit a written reflection of from 500 to 1,000 words describing what inspired them to seek this degree and how will they use their degree to inspire others.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

This scholarship may be awarded to the same student in successive semesters until graduation if funds are available and the recipient maintains applicable criteria — subject to review by the selection committee. All awards will be processed through the UCF Office of Student Financial Assistance. The scholarship can be used to pay for tuition, textbooks and the fees included in the cost of education.

HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATICS

The Betty W. Kernodle Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be enrolled as full-time or part-time undergraduate student, entering their senior year, in the health information management program
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Must have an overall 2.8 GPA and 3.3 major GPA
  • Must provide a current resume
  • Must provide two (2) letters of reference with one letter of reference from each of the following: Health Information Management faculty member
    • This letter should emphasize leadership qualities
    • Any other previous instructor or previous/present employer
    • Must submit 250-word essay commenting on: (1) career path for the next five years, and (2) perception of the future of Health Information Management
Carol J. Barr Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Carol J. Barr. Carol was the health informatics program director for the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida for more than twenty years. In her role, Carol mentored countless students and professionals who are now paying it forward and mentoring current students. Carol is very well respected in the Central Florida community. In 1995, Carol was recognized with the Excellence in Faculty Academic Advising award.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full- or part-time undergraduate in the College of Community Innovation and Education in the health management and informatics program.
  • Award criteria will be consistent with the guidelines of the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Joan S. & Aaron Liberman Scholarship Fund

Aaron Liberman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Health Management
and Informatics. He worked as a health care administrator for more than five decades, serving in various leadership positions and specializing in health care reform. In addition to receiving nearly $4.5 million in grants and awards, Professor Liberman has authored more than four books, seven book chapters, six monographs, 98 journal articles and 49 paper presentations. He completed his B.A. in psychology at Baylor University, M.S. in educational psychology at Indiana University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in hospital and health administration at the University of Iowa. Liberman and his wife, Joan, established this endowed scholarship in 2011. The scholarship is awarded to full-time graduate students in the health services administration program.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education in the health services administration program.
  • Each applicant may prepare a two-page paper discussing the most important current challenge confronting American's healthcare industry. Page one should discuss the challenge as noted by the scholarship applicant; page two should discuss the proposed solution.
  • If sufficient funds are in the scholarship in a given academic year, more than one award can be considered.
  • The amount of each award, up to the maximum amount allowable for the academic year, shall be left to the discretion of the committee, with the consent and approval of the department chair.
  • If in the judgment of the scholarship selection committee, there is no submission worthy of an award, the award may be deferred until the next academic year.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.

LEGAL STUDIES

Jallad Family Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by sisters Deborah Snow and Sharon Jallad, owners of Accredited Surety and Casualty in Orlando. Deborah is the president and chair of the board, while Sharon is the chief operating officer and corporate secretary. Under the family’s leadership, the company has become one of the nation’s most respected property and casualty insurance companies underwriting bail. It is represented by more than 1,600 bail agents nationwide.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate majoring in criminal justice or legal studies.
  • Applicant must hold an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
Margaret M. Samet Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Purpose
The purpose of the fund is to provide criminal justice scholarships.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate majoring in criminal justice or legal studies.
  • Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior at the time award is received.
  • Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicants must provide a written description of professional goals and current involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate involvement in clubs and organizations, volunteer leadership positions and community service.

The Mott Law Firm Endowed Scholarship

Giving back has always been important to Michael Mott. Because of his desire to help people, he made the decision to become a personal injury attorney early in life. “Personal injury lawyers come with the stigma of being ‘ambulance chasers,’ and I want to change this perception,” says Michael. “The economy is causing more people to live from one paycheck to the next, and a simple accident may result in tremendous financial implications.” He knows that now, more than ever, people need protection from that kind of financial damage. As a proud alumnus, Michael created this endowed scholarship specific to the college’s Department of Legal Studies.

Sentiments from the Family
I did not grow up in a rich family, and sometimes scholarships are the only way students are able to finish school. – Michael Mott

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in the legal studies program.
  • Applicant must hold a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Applicant must submit a one-page essay on what their career plan is after graduation.
Robert & Pamela Kirby Endowed Scholarship for Legal Studies

Pam Kirby established this scholarship in memory of her late husband, Robert Brandt Kirby, and in appreciation of the couple’s opportunity to serve the University of Central Florida as faculty members. Beginning in 1995, both taught courses in the Legal Studies program after retiring from the U.S. Army, where they served as commissioned officers and attorneys in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. This scholarship is awarded annually to UCF students majoring in legal studies, with a preference for students who are veterans, dependents of veterans or actively enrolled in ROTC.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time undergraduate student with a declared major of legal studies.
  • Applicant must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 college credit hours and two legal studies core courses with a minimum grade of B (3.0).
  • Preference will be given to veterans, dependents of a veteran qualifying for benefits under Chapter 31 of the GI Bill or ROTC students.
  • The applicant may be required to submit a written statement on why they are applying for the scholarship and what personal and professional goals they hope to achieve in the next 10 years.
  • This scholarship is renewable. However, the student must re-apply to be considered for an additional year.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Colonel Mike Murdock, USMC Endowed Scholarship

Colonel Mike Murdock graduated in 1974, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida Technological University, now known as UCF. As a student, Murdock was very active in campus and community activities. He was a founding member of the Xi Iota Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon and served as the chapter president. In addition, he was a coordinator of men’s intramural sports and an officer trainee in the Marine’s Platoon Leader Corps. Throughout his academic and professional career, Murdock was involved in leadership and public service.

For 21 years, Murdock served in the U.S. Marines in a variety of key positions including an aide to the commandant of the Marine Corps, planning officer during the Gulf War, and commander of a training battalion. In 1995, Colonel Murdock died in flash flood while helping a stranded platoon of trainees find a safe crossing point. Murdock is remembered as a servant leader who was loyal, courageous, and dependable. He led by example and made it his mission to help each trainee develop professionally and personally.

The Colonel Mike Murdock, USMC Endowed Scholarship was established to support undergraduate students in public administration who are committed to public service.

Criteria: 

  • Applicants must be enrolled at the University as a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education majoring Public Administration
  • Applicants must hold a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants must write a brief personal statement (500 words or less) demonstrating interest and passion in public service
  • Preference will be given to veterans
Dr. Thomas T.H. Wan Endowed Scholarship

As a former director of the doctoral program in public affairs (PAF), Dr. Thomas Wan established an endowed scholarship for doctoral students in 2008. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage students to perform well in both academic and non-academic areas. Dr. Wan hopes that this interdisciplinary doctoral program enables students to develop knowledge and leadership skills for public affairs and management. Dr. Wan encourages UCF students to be transformational leaders as well as chief knowledge officers for community organizations. To date, the PAF program has produced more than 180 graduates.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student at the University of Central Florida.
  • Recipient must have completed at least two years of the doctoral program in College of Community Innovation and Education at the time the award is received.
  • Recipient must possess a minimum of 3.75 overall GPA.
Feldheim Nonprofit Management Endowed Scholarship

The Feldheim Scholarship was endowed by Dr. Mary Ann Feldheim and her husband Larry to offer financial support to students in the Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program at UCF.

Dr. Feldheim worked and volunteered in nonprofit organizations all her life, and she was instrumental in creating the MNM program. For the last 30 years, her goal has been to professionalize the management of the nonprofit sector based on a strong foundation of ethical service. For almost 20 of those years, she served as director of the MNM program; this experience gave her enormous passion and commitment to service students.

Making a difference in the world through “ethical public service” is the goal of the MNM program. Supporting students financially to achieve that goal is why the Feldheim Scholarship was created.

Sentiments:
“The reason we created the scholarship is because we both have a strong belief in giving back to the community.” – Dr. Mary Ann Feldheim

Scholarship Criteria

Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full- or part-time graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education’s School of Public Administration and be pursuing a master's degree or graduate degree certificate in nonprofit management or graduate certificate in fundraising.

  • Preference will be given to those students who are working professionals in the nonprofit field.
  • Candidates may be selected based on their letter of application, explaining how they will use their degree or certificate in their profession and how getting their degree or certificate will benefit society.
  • The scholarship can be renewable up to eight semesters.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Gerald-Mark Breen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Gerald-Mark Breen by his family. As a student in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Gerald-Mark was an active researcher who published two books and 30 articles. He worked as a teaching associate and a graduate research associate. In 2010, Gerald-Mark passed away at the age of 29.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time or part-time student in the Doctoral program in Public Affairs in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a 3.5 GPA.
  • Applicant must write a one-page (double-spaced) essay on their career goals after graduation.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
John L. Mica Public Service Scholarship Fund

Congressman John L. Mica was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 to represent Florida’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties. He served until 2017. Congressman Mica’s greatest contributions to our country and state include the successful passage of some of the most significant legislation to be adopted in the 112th Congress that has positively impacted the nation’s infrastructure while expanding employment opportunities. In honor of future public service professionals, Congressman Mica established this scholarship in 1994 for students who are actively pursuing a career in public service.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Applicant must actively pursue a career in public service demonstrated by involvement in extracurricular activities, volunteer service or employment.

Applicant must supply a written essay detailing career aspirations and involvement in public service.

Kevin Tyjeski City Planning Endowed Scholarship Fund

As an employee of the City of Orlando, Kevin Tyjeski was instrumental in the city’s development. He played an integral role in making the city more vibrant, alive and beautiful. Kevin was an early and active member of the School of Public Administration’s Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Board. He provided input regarding the program’s curriculum and helped ensure its master’s program was approved by the university’s Board of Trustees. Kevin unexpectedly passed away in 2013 at the age of 53. Several of Kevin’s closest colleagues established this scholarship fund in his memory.

Scholarship Criteria

Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full- or part-time graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.

  • The student must be pursuing a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant may be required to demonstrate leadership potential by writing a two to three page essay on: "The Merits of Sustainable Urbanism."
  • The director, officers, members of the scholarship committee, and major contributors of Strengthen Orlando, Inc. will be disqualified from consideration. In addition, family members of officers, directors, major contributions of Strengthen Orlando, Inc., and family members of the selection committee will be disqualified from consideration.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
VHB Miller Sellen Endowed Scholarship in Urban and Regional Planning

“Central Florida is the ideal crucible for advancing the best practices of urban and regional planning, and the students in this program will no doubt graduate with exceptional, first-hand experience in the field,” said  Miller Sellen, who has worked in urban planning in Central Florida for more than 30 years. “Our firm is proud to provide support to the top prospective students for this degree year after year.”

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time graduate student in the master’s degree program of urban and regional planning in the School of Public Administration.

The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.

SCHOOL OF TEACHER EDUCATION

Betty Alexander Legacy Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
To provide scholarship awards to University of Central Florida students enrolled in the College of Community Innovation and Education, majoring in the field of elementary education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in the School of Teacher Education’s Elementary Education Program.
  • The applicant must major in the field of elementary education.
  • The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need based upon guidelines set forth in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Boeing Mathematics and Science Education Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose: Attract and support College of Community Innovation and Education students in preparation for careers as mathematics and science educators.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll as a full-time junior or senior undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education, majoring in mathematics education or science education.
  • Applicants must submit an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words describing their educational goals.
  • Applicants are required to submit one letter of reference.

Through the essay and letter of reference, applicants should demonstrate their academic achievement, involvement in the community, creativity, work ethic, and potential for personal growth, leadership and contribution to the profession of education.

Brumbaugh Legacy Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Provide awards to University of Central Florida students enrolled in the College of Community Innovation and Education, majoring in the field of mathematics education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education and must be majoring in math education.
  • The student must be a junior or a senior and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Christine Franke Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Endowed scholarship fund for the College of Community Innovation and Education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • A committee convened by the Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education will review applications and make recommendations to the dean for final selection and approval.
  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll as a full-time or part-time undergraduate in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicants must submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words describing their educational goals and the impact they expect to have as a teacher.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of reference.
Crouse Secondary Mathematics and Science

Dr. Tace Crouse and her husband established the endowment to fund the Crouse Secondary Mathematics and Science Scholarship to support future teachers of these vital academic areas. They both have degrees in these STEM fields and credit their outstanding teachers who encouraged, challenged and inspired them to pursue careers in education. They want others to have that same inspiration. They chose the University of Central Florida for this scholarship because UCF has meant so much to them throughout Dr. Crouse’s doctoral work and, especially, during her years as part of the faculty and in various administrative roles. Dr. Crouse challenges recipients of the scholarship to be the teacher their students remember as the toughest and the best, the one who believed in them and prepared them for their futures.

Sentiment
Dr. Crouse stated, “It was time to give back.”

Dr. Crouse challenges recipients of the scholarship to be the teacher their students remember as the toughest and best, the one who believed in them and prepared them most completely for their futures.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education and in the School of Teacher Education.
  • The student must major in secondary mathematics or science education.
  • The applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their mathematics or science courses.
  • Preference will be given to students who are in financial need, based upon the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Debra Van Slyke Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was started in honor of Debra Van Slyke, a graduate from the College of Education (now the College of Community Innovation and Education) and a long-time Central Florida educator, primarily in elementary schools. Debra passed away from cancer in 2006. At the time of her death, she was a reading specialist for Winegard Elementary in Orange County. Craig Van Slyke started this scholarship in honor of his wife and her love for education.

Sentiments
“Debra would want recipients of this scholarships to keep pushing forward and make a difference.” – Craig Van Slyke

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Applicant have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all coursework.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time junior or senior in the College of Community Innovation and Education and be majoring in elementary education.
  • Preference will be given to applicants specializing in reading education.
Geraldine P. Hanna Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Merit scholarship funds for graduate students seeking a master’s degree in exceptional education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be an exceptional education teacher in Orange County, Florida, Public School District. Consideration may be given to applicants who have applied for such a position and are pending an employment decision.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate degree seeking student accepted in a program leading to master's degree in exceptional education.
  • Applicant must demonstrate outstanding academic performance and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must be an individual of outstanding character and dedication to the profession of exceptional education as detailed in letters of recommendation accompanying the application.
H. Timothy Hendrix Exceptional Education Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Scholarship book fund for full-time juniors or seniors in the College of Community Innovation and Education with a declared major in exceptional education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education with a declared major in exceptional education.
  • Applicants must be a full-time junior or senior.
Jack D. Holloway Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
To lead students into the field of special education with an emphasis on working with individuals with cerebral palsy who have physical therapy needs.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at the University of Central Florida as a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • The applicant must be majoring or minoring in exceptional education.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Applicant must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who volunteer their time or are a team member at a United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Florida or a similar location with an emphasis on working with individuals with cerebral palsy or other disabilities.
John L. Brinson Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
To provide support for scholarships for University of Central Florida students enrolled in the College of Community Innovation and Education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • The applicant should be majoring in a teaching career with preference in math or science.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Judith A. Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Scholarship fund for full-time undergraduates in the College of Community Innovation and Education demonstrating financial need.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll as a full-time undergraduate in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicants must submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words describing goals and the impact they expect to have in their chosen field after graduation.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of reference.
L.A. Lee Family Scholarship

Lynnwood Arthur Lee (aka “Woody”) graduated with a degree in economics from Florida Technical University (FTU) in 1978. Woody served in the United States Navy from 1969-1973 during the Vietnam War. Diane, his wife, a 1979 graduate of FTU, majored in elementary education. She taught first and second grade for 31 years at Longwood Elementary School in Seminole County. Woody spent more than 30 years working in telecommunications in Central Florida. Woody spent his life helping others and finding ways to pay forward the blessings he was given. He often served as a volunteer at Lyman High School teaching economics and mentoring students. He also spent many years volunteering his time on several boards. When he was not working or volunteering, he loved to spend time with his family on the water or at the beach. He was an avid fisherman and boater and loved to travel. After Woody’s passing in 2009, Diane and her family chose to honor her husband’s life and legacy by establishing a scholarship in his name. The L.A. Lee Family Scholarship at the University of Central Florida was created in 2018 to provide financial support to students majoring in elementary education.

Sentiments from the Family
Recipients of the L.A. Lee Family Scholarships should know that this award was established not only to honor the memory of Lynnwood A. Lee, but to also encourage students to never give up. If you set your mind on what you want, keep going no matter what the adversity may be and deal with life as it comes. We hope that this scholarship will be blessing to a few deserving students and help ease the burden for them. – Diane Lee Eriksson (In 2014, Diane remarried and became Diane Lee Eriksson.)

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled at UCF as a student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in elementary education.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Lester N. Mandell Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
General scholarship fund for doctoral students in the School of Teacher Education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Scholarship is intended for education doctoral students within the College of Community Innovation and Education whose academic focus is multicultural, curriculum/instruction, social factors, human growth and development, or another foundation of education.
  • Submit a letter of interest describing your academic focus and any other factors you think we should take into consideration for this award.
  • Submit two letters of support recommendation on official letterhead.
Mike C. Hynes Family Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
Dr. Michael C. Hynes began his career at the University of Central Florida in 1971 and served for more than 48 years in a variety of faculty and administrative roles in the College of Community Innovation and Education. During his tenure, Dr. Hynes wrote several grants and held many leadership positions, including department chair and school director. Dr. Hynes earned the distinction of Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair. A strong student advocate and supporter, Dr. Hynes established the Michael C. Hynes Family Scholarship to support students in elementary education, mathematics education or science education programs. This scholarship can be used to pay for tuition, textbooks, fees and any other items included in the cost of an undergraduate teacher education degree.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student.
  • Applicant must maintain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must be a student employee of the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicants should include a statement expressing how being awarded the scholarship would help them and what they would like to express to the donor of the money for the scholarship.
The Morcom Family Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
The purpose of this endowed scholarship is to provide awards and financial assistance to university students enrolled in the College Community Innovation and Education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior student in the College of Community Innovation and Education.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Florida.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in early childhood education or elementary education. Students majoring in art education, English language arts education, exceptional education, world languages education, math education, science education and social science education are eligible to apply.
  • Special consideration will be given to students who are the first generation in their family to pursue an undergraduate degree.
  • The criteria for awarding the scholarship will be consistent with the guidelines established by the University Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Nan Parker Williams Endowed Scholarship

The Nan Parker Williams Endowed Scholarship benefits talented students who need financial assistance at the University of Central Florida who major in art education, with a preference for those interested in theater arts.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA).
  • Applicants must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA in all course work.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or intend to enroll as a full-time junior or senior in the College of Community Innovation and Education, majoring in art education. Preference will be given to students interested in theater arts.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and an essay on their planned occupational pursuit.

The scholarship may be awarded to the same student in successive semesters until graduation provided that the funds are available, and the recipient maintains the above criteria.

Nanette McLain Endowed Scholarship

Nannette McLain was a charter faculty member of the University of Central Florida who believed that teachers are professional people who must model good learning for their students. She believed teachers must know and understand their students, must set appropriate standards for achievement and help students meet those standards, should be friendly and respectful, and should demonstrate that learning can and should be fun. Above all she believed that teachers deserve respect and need to be continuous learners if they expect to be good teachers.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 1,200 words demonstrating an understanding of the Nannette McLain's belief about teaching.
  • Applicants must be either part-time or full-time students.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an Initial Teacher Preparation Program as a junior, senior or graduate student, majoring in secondary education.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA as an undergraduate or 3.0 GPA as a graduate.
Rotary Club of Winter Springs Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose
This scholarship fund was established for graduate students seeking a degree in exceptional education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate degree seeking student accepted in a program leading to a master's or doctoral degree in exceptional education.
  • Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic performance by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be individuals of outstanding character and dedication to exceptional education as detailed in two letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants must be or have been a resident of Winter Springs, Florida.
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