Carpenter Library Community Engagement & Giving

Library Dean's Leadership Council Scholarship

Purpose

The purpose of this fund is to support scholarship opportunities for students who have an interest in majoring in STEM related programs such as Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics, with preference given to students working in the Carpenter Library and/or who are involved in community service.

About the Dean's Leadership Council

The Library Dean’s Leadership Council Scholarship was established in 2015 with support from the Dean’s Leadership Council.  It is an annual scholarship and may grow into an endowed scholarship fund to last in perpetuity.

Learn more regarding the Dean's Leadership Council here.

Currently enrolled UNF students in good academic standing who are enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) each semester and earn a minimum of 24 credits by the end of each academic year are eligible to apply. 

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Dean’s Leadership Council members and the Library’s Director of Development (ex officio).  The committee will make its recommendation of scholarship winner(s) to the Dean.  Scholarships will be awarded based on eligible applicants and available funding. The Dean’s Council will establish funding levels annually, beginning with FY 15-16.  The scholarship may be renewable provided the recipient continues to meet the criteria and submits a request for renewal.

The committee will select award recipient(s) based on the following as eligible students must:

  • meet the admissions requirements and be accepted to the University of North Florida,
  • reside in Florida for tuition purposes and live in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St. Johns County,
  • enroll as a sophomore, junior or senior,
  • have a minimum UNF cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  • declare an interest in majoring in STEM related programs such as, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics, and
  • preference will be given to those applicants involved in community service and/or to student assistants who work in the Carpenter Library.

Scholarship Winners

Fall 2016:  Julia Driscoll

What are your future goals after graduation?

"After graduating in the spring, I will be applying for medical school in the hopes of matriculating in the fall of 2017. During my year off between undergrad and medical school, I am interested in working as a research assistant in the Cancer Biology and Translational Oncogenomics lab at Mayo Clinic, to collaborate with scientists to characterize the abnormal signaling pathways that are concomitant with cancer pathogenesis and use that knowledge to develop more effective treatments for those suffering with cancer. Additionally, I have plans to introduce a program to a local high school that will connect the UNF community with the Jacksonville refugee community to provide after school homework help to high school aged refugees. After my year of clinical research and community service, I will attend medical school and later residency and fellowship to fulfill my aspiration to become a pediatric oncologist."

How has the Library supported your success as a student?

"I owe a tremendous amount of my academic success to the library employees who have tirelessly fostered an environment that inspires students to pursue their academic interests. The library also served as a sacred space for collaboration, as I have witnessed on multiple occasions The sheer joy on one's face when a peer explains a concept, which up until that point, has been foreign to them. I have taken advantage of the peer tutoring services and am appreciative of the help I have received with my online research endeavors. For me, the library also served as a source of motivation. If ever I got frustrated when studying, I took comfort in reading the medically related books in the general collections area on the third floor. For these reasons, I have considered the library to be my second home for the past four years, and I know that this atmosphere will be one of the many things that I will miss."

Fall 2016:  Taylor Broussard

Briefly describe your community service.

"As Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers, I have organized 100+ hours of volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity, presented the STEM path to 75+ Girl Scouts at MOSH, volunteered for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, initiated design of a solar powered compost chopper for the UNF Garden, and most recently started an initiative to give out 500+ reusable water bottles. This summer I traveled to Honduras with Engineers Without Borders to continue construction of a gravity-fed water filtration system. This project will continue to bring water to two thriving farming communities in rural Nahuaterique."

What are your future goals after graduation?

"I know that I was given my gifts and my motivation for a reason. I want to spread love and light to as many people as I possibly can. I aspire to apply my technical skills to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of not only my community but my world as a whole. Every day I get closer to discovering my path. Right now I am interested in energy reform, clean water initiatives, sustainable housing and city design, as well as to move away from plastic and other toxic materials and towards the use of compostable and biodegradable materials."

How has the Library supported your success as a student?

"As an engineering student, I have spent more time in the library than at work or in my own home. I have often joked with staff members that I should start paying rent here. This dream of mine to make the world a more compassionate place starts with myself. I am so grateful to have the resources and space to develop my own personal skills. When I started school at the University of North Florida, I did not have a laptop, a printer, or even a calculator. I took refuge in the library because it offered all of the help I needed as new student. Three years later I have my own personal calculator but I do not have a computer and I take advantage of the free laptops the library provides everyday!  The Thomas G. Carpenter Library has been an immense source of support for me in my academic journey."