Awards & Recognition

Spring 2014 Senior Service Award

 Karly Hirst

Karly Hirst



Karly Hirst has been selected by the UNF Alumni Association as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the spring 2014 graduating class. The UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior each semester for outstanding service to the University and the community through volunteerism.


Karly is graduating today with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree majoring in Elementary Education.  Since arriving at UNF in 2010, she has become well known on the campus and in the Jacksonville community. Karly has been a member of the Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association at the University of North Florida for three years and has played an instrumental role in organizing and facilitating various Envoy activities. The Envoys are a select group of students who are chosen based on their character, campus involvement, academic standing and personal references. They serve as student ambassadors at special events for the Alumni Association and the university president, and are recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to the campus and the community. Karly certainly exemplifies what it means to be an Envoy.


Karly has been exceptionally dedicated during her time with the Envoys. She quickly worked her way up in the organization, starting as a member on the Service Committee, and then becoming the Service Chair, and currently serves as the Vice President of External Programming. Highlights from Karly’s time in these various positions include coordinating opportunities for Envoys to participate in beach clean-ups, a zoo clean-up, Clara White Mission service, McKenzie's Run participation, and Spirit Spotting with UNF’s On Campus Transition program. She also helped coordinate a pen-pal program with children from Wolfson Children’s Hospital, a fall festival in a low-income housing complex, and a food drive for UNF’s Lend a Wing pantry. Karly’s hard work and dedication to service provided her and her fellow Envoys the opportunity to give back in so many ways to the University and northeast Florida community.


Karly’s service and leadership goes beyond just the Envoys. On campus, she is the Overall Director for UNF Dance Marathon. She has served in this organization for three years in a variety of leadership roles. The UNF Dance Marathon is a 17-hour event where several hundred UNF students and faculty members participate. It raises money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals, and has successfully raised over $136,000 in the past 5 years. She also volunteers directly with Children’s Miracle Network, and attends many of their local events such as the Festival of Lights 5K, and Medicine and Miracles with the Jaguars. She has led hospital tours, worked with the Miracle families, and helped coordinate events for the organization.


Outside of campus Karly coaches a soccer team for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. She has been involved with this organization for two years, coaching children ages three to six. She spends two hours every Saturday to coach and support their success. Karly also organized an awareness event for Fibrolamellar Liver Cancer for liver cancer awareness month this past October. This event raised close to $1,000.


In all, Karly has made a definitive impact not only at UNF but in the Jacksonville community. Her passion for serving others comes from a truly genuine place, and her selfless dedication to all those around her. Karly embodies the spirit of University of North Florida students and alumni. She truly characterizes what the Senior Service Award represents.






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