Dean's Leadership Council

Library Dean's Leadership Council Scholarship (2016-2019)


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.

Scholarship Winners

2020:  Abbey TownsendAbby Townsend

I feel very honored to have been awarded the Library Dean's Leadership Council Scholarship! 

I am originally from Colorado and after having my family relocate to Florida, I couldn't have been more excited. I ended up transferring from Florida State to UNF in order to pursue my goal of majoring in marine and coastal biology. Ever since I was little and saw the ocean for the first time, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life educating and raising awareness about the fragility of our ocean ecosystem. Jacksonville has some of the most diverse wildlife and ocean ecosystems, so I knew I had to come to UNF!  I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad last fall through SEA Semester in which I lived on a sailboat conducting oceanographic and sustainability research throughout American Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, and Hawai'i. I was able to learn how to sail a boat and used the perseverance I learned in my everyday life. This experience only increased my knowledge of the intricate balance between human sustainability and ocean ecosystems. It also only enhanced my love for the ocean.  After graduating this spring, I hope to get my divemaster certification and work for a non-profit or a dive center that focuses on education and field work in coral reef ecosystems. I would love to travel to various schools and be able to educate our youth about the importance of a balanced ocean environment along with educate the overall public about climate change and its effects on the ocean. I would also love to conduct dive field work that includes conservation management involving the general public.  I hope to make everyone else fall in love with the ocean as much as I have in my studies here at UNF!  Thank you again for this opportunity!.

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


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."