Uwf Presidential Scholarship Winners Essays


UWF Top Scholars

"We are delighted that these high-performing students chose the University of West Florida. UWF has nationally competitive academic programs that give our students the opportunity to challenge themselves while preparing for their careers or for graduate school. Our focus on high-impact learning for our students is one of the things that sets us apart."

UWF President Dr. Martha Saunders

National Merit Finalists

These students were among 1,500 students across the country to meet the requirements for Finalist standing, out of more than 1.6 million juniors in who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Diana Hanks

Hometown: Pace, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering

“The National Merit Scholarship will help me pursue my degree because it helps me afford an education without going into debt. I plan to pursue a doctorate degree to become an aerospace engineer, and having my undergraduate paid for by this scholarship makes it easier for me to continue my education.”

Hannah Funk

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Major: Pre-Nursing

“This scholarship will open so many doors for me. I plan to apply for the University’s nursing school next fall, and eventually attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, putting me in a position where I am able to help people and make a difference in their lives. Since I received this scholarship, I am so excited for my college experience.”

Cara Womacks

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Marine Biology

“I wouldn’t be able to afford my education without the National Merit Scholarship. It gave me the financial security to move to Florida from Missouri and allowed me to pursue my dream of studying marine biology.”


President’s Scholarship Competition Recipients

UWF hosts an annual, one-day competition where the best and brightest students from across the state vie for the institution’s top scholarships. We believe in rewarding our own talented students of today and providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders, guiding our state into the future.

Pace Presidential Award Recipients

Michaela Folkins
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Social Work

William Philips
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Biomedical Science

Leah Thornton
Hometown: Milton, Florida
Major: Graphic Design

John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholar Awards

Sophia Giddens
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Major: Psychology

Aleigh Rowe
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Marine Biology

Cameron Wakeland
Hometown: Crestview, Florida
Major: Environmental Management

For more information about UWF Awards and Scholarships, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

We see bright minds with brilliant futures.

And we’re here to set them on the best path. The University of West Florida attracts high-performing students from across the country – those with potential to become future leaders who will change the world. We’re proud to call them Argos, and we show it by rewarding their hard work with our most prestigious scholarships.

In Fall 2017, we awarded nine students with scholarships valued at more than $50,000 each. We believe in the power of higher education to change lives – and this is one way we’re making it happen.

Incoming UWF students to compete in inaugural scholarship competition

University of West Florida | news@uwf.edu

The University of West Florida will host the inaugural President’s Scholarship Competition this Friday, Jan. 24 at the University of West Florida. At this one-day competition, select students will compete for the University’s most prestigious scholarships, including seven $50,000 Pace Presidential scholarships and seven Pace Honors scholarships as well as additional awards ranging from $12,000 to $20,000.

Several incoming freshman students were invited to participate in the event based on their high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. During the competition, these students will be evaluated on high school academic records, test scores, interviews with faculty and a timed essay. The competition will also include a presidential luncheon and an introduction to the UWF Honors Program. Currently, 170 students will be participating the competition and more than 480 guests will be attending the event.

Below are the scholarships included in the competition:

Pace Presidential Scholarship: seven scholarships available
This scholarship, totaling more than $50,000, covers the student’s full tuition and fees, in addition to room and board for four years. Incoming students with University qualifications are automatically considered for this invitation. To be eligible, students must be graduating from a Florida high school in 2014 and admitted to the University by January 1, 2014 for the fall 2014 term.

Pace Honors Scholar Scholarship: seven scholarships available
This scholarship covers a student’s tuition and fees in conjunction with Florida Bright Futures, room and board in Pace Hall, and funding for an off-campus educational experience created by the student. To be eligible, students must be admitted to the University and the UWF Honors Program by January 3, 2014.

Scholarship winners will be notified the following week.

For additional information, visit http://www.uwf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visit-uwf/presidents-scholarship-competition/.

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