Carpenter Library Giving

There are three Library-based scholarship opportunities for which UNF students may apply:

1) Dr. Carolyn Williams Student Assistant Award

Dr. Carolyn Williams

Purpose

Student assistants play a critical role in library staffing, serving library users and supporting internal processes across the Library. Through part-time employment, students build lifelong skills and help cover the costs of their UNF education. This award is intended to reward top performing student assistants who demonstrate excellent service and commitment to the Library and its mission. The award is provided through the Dr. Carolyn Williams Library Student Assistant Fund, established with support from the Dean’s Leadership Council to honor Dr. Williams’ memory and contributions to the Library.

About Dr. Williams

Dr. Carolyn Williams was an associate professor in the history department at UNF. She grew up in Durkeeville and the Jacksonville area and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in history from UNF. While a UNF student, she worked as a student assistant in the library and valued that experience as part of her academic career. She later received a master’s in U.S. history from the University of California at San Diego and a doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she examined women in the anti-slavery movement.

Dr. Williams spent many hours immersed in the “too-often forgotten history of Jacksonville.” In a 2008 interview, she said history can help revitalize a community by instilling pride and encouraging people to invest in its future.

She passed away in November 2011 at the age of 63.

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Currently enrolled UNF students in good academic standing who have worked in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library for at least two academic semesters (fall and spring) and who hold a current student job assignment in the Library are eligible to apply. Selection: Applications will be reviewed by an award committee, appointed by the Dean of the Library, with the following members: a representative of the Dean’s Leadership Council, a library faculty member, a library staff member, and the Library’s Director of Development (ex officio). The committee will make its recommendation of award winner(s) to the Dean, providing copies of supporting documentation. Assuming eligible applicants, at least one student award of $250 is made in the fall semester and another in the spring semester.

In considering applications, the committee will select award recipient(s) considering evidence of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Provides quality service to library users and/or staff.
  2. Presents a favorable image of the Library.
  3. Demonstrates excellent work habits and teamwork.
  4. Offers creative and innovative suggestions for improving library service.

Eligible students may be nominated by any library faculty or staff member using the nomination form. Student nominees will be invited to submit the following:

  1. Award application form.
  2. One-page resume.

Recent Winners

Spring 2017 Winner:  Julia Driscoll

Spring 2017 Winner:  Taylor Broussard

2) 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.

More information regarding the Dean's Leadership Council can be accessed 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.

Recent Winners

Spring 2017 Winner:  Maria Gonzalez

Spring 2017 Winner:  Daniel Boyko

3) Dr. Edna L. Saffy Library Scholarship

Dr. Edna Saffy with Casey KasemPurpose

The purpose of the Dr. Edna L. Saffy Library Scholarship is to provide support for a student with an academic interest in women’s history.  Preference will be given to students with an interest in (ascending order of priority) American Women’s History, Florida Women’s History, Jacksonville Women’s History, and/or Dr. Edna Saffy’s contribution to Women’s History.

About Dr. Edna L. Saffy

Dr. Edna L. Saffy was a professor, human rights activist and founder of NOW chapters in Jacksonville and Gainesville. She was active in city, county, state and national political causes.  As Gloria Steinem said of her, 'Edna always makes it happen.'"  Dr. Saffy was a member of the Duval County Democratic Executive Committee for 35 years. In 1975, Dr. Saffy was a key organizer of a march on the state capitol in Tallahassee in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, leading a group of women estimated at 3,000.  The amendment passed in the state House in both 1975 and 1977, but it failed by a few votes in the state Senate and never gained approval in enough state legislatures to become part of the Constitution.  Although the struggle for the ERA was unsuccessful, Dr. Saffy felt that it was a battle worth fighting, one that helped change hearts and minds and open up opportunities for women.

The Jacksonville native graduated from Lee High School before heading to the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in rhetoric and public address. In 1968 she went to work as an English and speech instructor at what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville. She taught speech and oral communication at the college until she retired at the end of 2007 and was named professor emeritus. Dr. Saffy returned to Gainesville in 1972 to work on her doctorate and founded a NOW chapter there, two years after she and some friends had founded the Jacksonville chapter.

Dr. Saffy was recognized for her human rights efforts by being named "a woman of courage and vision" in 2001 by the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women during Women's History Month. In 2005, Dr. Saffy was presented with the EVE Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her public service included mayoral appointments to the Duval County Hospital Authority, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, advisory committee on LaVilla Cultural Heritage District and the Jacksonville Area Planning Board. She was active with numerous groups including Planned Parenthood, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, Hubbard House, Karpeles Manuscript Museum and the American Association of University Women.  Dr. Saffy also served as president of the Florida Women's Political Caucus and founder of the Jacksonville Women's Network.  Nationally Edna Saffy was active in Mideast peace groups and a member of the American Arab Institute, she was invited by President Clinton to witness the signing of the Mid-East Peace Accord in 1993.  She also was appointed by President Clinton to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in 1995-2001, and by President Gerald Ford in 1976 as a Florida delegate to the International Women's Conference. She was a Florida State delegate to Democratic National Conventions in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

After her death in 2010 Edna Saffy’s husband of 41 years, Grady E. Johnson Jr. established the fund for a scholarship in her name.  The first scholarship will be awarded in 2017.  The UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library houses the archives of Dr. Saffy’s papers and memorabilia. Digitized items can be accessed through the UNF Digital Commons.

 

  • Meet admissions requirements and be accepted to the University of North Florida
  • Reside in Florida for tuition purposes
  • Be a Junior, Senior or Graduate student studying History, Philosophy, Political Science or Gender Studies and Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Submit the Application Form with an essay. 
  • The essay is limited to 3 pages typed double-spaced with font size of 12 point. 
  • The essay is the opportunity to tell the selection committee about yourself and your goals for the future. There are 3 parts to the essay.
    • Part 1: Tell the committee about yourself and your background. Things you might include but are not limited to: why you decided to come to UNF, your achievements, the toughest obstacle you have experienced.
    • Part 2: Describe why you chose your major and how your interest in women’s history fits into your major.  Describe the specific aspect of women’s history that interests you and why.
    • Part 3: Describe your goals for the future.
  • For more information contact the Library Administration Office 904-620-2553
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours each semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours by the end of each academic year.
  • Comply with at regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus,
  • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the Donor and the Library Dean. Applicants may be asked to meet with the donor and/or the selection committee.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours each semester and earn a minimum of 12 credit hours by the end of each academic year.
  • Comply with at regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus,
  • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the Donor and the Library Dean. Applicants may be asked to meet with the donor and/or the selection committee.
  • The award winner will be expected to attend the award luncheon.
  • The Scholarship will be up to $1,000 each semester or a total of $2,000 per year.
  • Current recipients may apply for renewal and will be given preference pending availability of funding. 

Recent Winner

Spring 2017 Winner:  Shannon Morgan