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Giving to the Library & Student Scholarships: Dr. Edna L. Saffy Library Scholarship - More Info

Dr. Edna L. Saffy Library Scholarship

Purpose

The purpose of the Dr. Edna L. Saffy Library Scholarship, value $500, 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 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.

Learn more about the Dr. Edna L. Saffy Collection here, its digitized items can be accessed here and 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.