Dean's Leadership Council

Library Dean's Leadership Council Scholarship


The purpose of this fund is to support scholarship opportunities for students who have an interest in majoring in STEAM-related programs such as Fine Arts, Digital Arts, English and Writing, Computer and Information Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and others, with preference given to students working in the Carpenter Library and/or who are involved in community service. This scholarship has a value of $1,000. Up to two scholarships may be given per academic year, with the funds distributed in $500 increments over the fall and spring semesters.


For questions regarding applying for this scholarship, please contact Pat Madrid, UNF Library Coordinator of Budgets (904-620-1485).

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.

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 the Thomas G. Carpenter Library Awards & Scholarships Committee. The committee will make its recommendation of scholarship recipients to the Dean of Library. Scholarships will be awarded if there are eligible applicants and if funding is available. The Library Dean’s Leadership Council has established funding levels at $1,000 per student, with the scholarship payable in increments of $500 divided equally in the fall and spring semesters. Up to two applicants may be awarded scholarships each academic year. The scholarship may be renewable provided the recipient continues to meet the criteria and submits a request for renewal (reapplies).

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,
  • be enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior currently and at the time payment is awarded,
  • have a minimum UNF cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  • declare an interest in majoring in STEAM related programs such as the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics, and others, 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

2019:  Rivkah Walton

"In my transfer to UNF, I had one short term goal envisioned -- to apply to the Limited Access Graphic Design and Digital Media Program. Upon enrollment, my advisor placed me on a fast track to apply to the program. The selection process was rigorous, and, as the spring 2019 semester nears an end, I am proud to say that I was admitted. Now, I work daily to create content that is intriguing and upholds the high standards of the teachers and the program itself. Being admitted to the program had broadened my expectations and enthusiasm for my future. I look forward to joining the ranks of UNF alumni who are now working with notable companies in the industry. The pursuit of my degree is charged by many things, one being, the joy of connecting with people from all walks of life through art and expression. Design opens the door to meeting people from different cultures and background and brings opportunities to travel to places that I’ve only read about in books. Next semester, I will travel to Ireland for a digital sketchbook course, in which I will make lifelong memories and sharpen my skills as a graphic designer. I cannot take any opportunity allotted to me for granted, because I understand the reality of my circumstances. Many people do not have access or capability to explore the arts, go to college, or visit other countries. As a young African-American woman, it’s no shock that we make up only 16% of the women in graphic design. Studying the arts in my culture often gets written off as a hobby, a waste of time, or as a non-career. It’s my desire to see the arts embraced and financially supported in low-income communities. As a result of the decline in funding, minorities rarely show interest in the arts. There is a stigma about the arts in my community, negative connotations that often depict artists as “falling” or “struggling”. I was fortunate to attend college prep school outside of my neighborhood growing up, but I was still affected by the demand for academic achievements, and my love for art went unnurtured and unsupported. Now, I am choosing to follow my path, in becoming a college graduate, business owner, and advocate for minorities in the arts. My goals upon graduating are to own a graphic design and branding agency and lead efforts in educating young minorities about the capabilities and benefits of pursuing a career in the arts."


2019:  Itzamarie Rivera

"My name is Itzamarie Rivera and I am a Psychology major. After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree I plan on enrolling into graduate school to obtain my Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy. I always knew I wanted to integrate myself into a profession that prioritizes in helping others. I always knew I wanted to create a positive and life-changing impact on those who need it most.

While growing up in Puerto Rico I have had the opportunity to volunteer for several different non-profit organizations. Some of these experiences included providing food and basic necessities to homeless people across Puerto Rico, as well as working at a children’s hospital, which included providing care and assistance to children with severe disabilities. Additionally, in my senior year of high school, I had the privilege to go on a missionary trip to Honduras. A small group of my classmates and I worked under grueling conditions assisting malnourished children, along with many other people suffering from extreme poverty. Overall, our trip consisted of providing companionship, food, clothes, medicine, and other basic human necessities such as cleaning, carrying heavy objects, and building a small school for children in rural communities. Every single experience I have had volunteering has had an incredible impact on my life and those experiences have been the reason why I want to become an Occupational Therapist.

Ever since I was young my parents instilled many values in me and over time I submerged myself in them in any way that I could. Out of those wonderful values, volunteering was one of them. Volunteering and helping others is a big part of who I am and it is something I will always be incredibly passionate about.

This generous scholarship will help me continue my studies and will also bring me a step closer to reaching my goals. I would like to thank the Council and everyone else who made this possible from the bottom of my heart. You have been a reminder of why I volunteer and why I will continue doing so. Thank you."


2018:  Michael Parks

"I am honored to receive the Library Dean's Leadership Council Scholarship. I come from a military family and I am the first to attend a University and will be the first to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. With all the expenses associated with attending college, this scholarship will help immensely.

I transferred to UNF about two years ago from Indian River State College located in Fort Pierce Florida. My two years at UNF have been wonderful. I began working at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library one year ago and became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity here on campus. I am now a Junior seeking a bachelors in Computing & Information Science. I chose this degree because developing your own program is exciting, frustrating, and rewarding all at the same time. Other majors never challenged me the way computing has.  With this degree, I hope to move to Europe, specifically Germany, and work for a company as a developer.

With your generous support I will continue to aspire to achieve my career goals, thank you for your generosity!"


2017:  Sarah Galloway

"Thank you to the Library Dean's Leadership Council for investing in UNF students and supporting my success as a future professional."






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."


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."