Junior - Math. Sara is a member of the Rotoract Club on campus, an organization committed to service. She is also a member of the Presidential Envoys. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts of America, Stop Hunger Now, Harvest Food Bank, Cypress Swamp Ranch and Hope Have. Her biggest
volunteer project has been tutoring in her local high school for the past five years. In April 2014, she went to One Spark with an idea to raise money for scholarships to support college students with disabilities, and received crowdfunding support. In her three years at UNF, she has completed
approximately 400 community service hours.
Junior – International Studies. Taylor’s family has been a foster family for more than six years with over forty kids taking shelter in their Florida Baptist Children’s Home, and becoming a permanent family of eight. She is involved with a group called “Join the Effort” that connects Jacksonville citizens to volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Through them, she has volunteered with Rethreaded, Habitat for Humanity, HabiJax, and City Rescue Mission. Her dream job would be working for an international non-profit. The Honors program enabled her to work with refugees in her freshman year and participate in an academic trip to Israel which fostered her love of international aid work.
Senior – Social Work. Jamie is a Navy veteran. She is a certified Guardian Ad Litem and has had two cases involving four children and over 30 home visits and 15 court dates. She helped coordinate a trip to Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) in Tallahassee and advocate for legislative bills to benefit at risk people, of which two were approved by the governor. As UNF Social Work Club President, she organized a Halloween candy drive for children of the Sulzbacher Center and ran a booth at UNF’s Spring Carnival for children of Little Mended Hearts and Spina Bifida. She has volunteered to serve as President of a new chapter of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society, for which she wrote and assembled the chapter membership materials. She has also volunteered at Brooks Rehabilitation Center and Camp Healing Powers, a camp for children who have recently lost loved ones. In addition, she is working on a 450 hour field education placement at Community Hospice.
Senior – Anthropology/Political Science. Jessica was a Girl Scout for 13 years and a member of American Teen Cancer Society for four years. During her first year at UNF, she collected books for refugee children as part of the Honors Colloquium class. The following year she was not in the class, but helped collect coats for the Honors program as well as volunteered at Swim Across America which raised money for cancer research. This year she has volunteered at BEAM, working in their garden; Have a Hart Day, a nationwide movement to help bood banks; and Second Harvest Food Bank. Her passion is “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA), a movement to bring hope to people struggling with depression and/or addiction. She hopes to intern with that organization at their main office.
Kaitlyn Schwantes - Recipient
Senior – Psychology. Kaitlyn is Vice President of Intellectual Development for Alpha Chi Omega and responsible for academic achievement and integrity. She established the first Academic Summit, “Building a Stronger Generation of Women” open to all Panhellenic members. She has organized speakers from across campus as well as implementing a time management program, academic leader program and lobbied for scholarships from the chapter. She is a certified advocate for domestic violence awareness at Hubbard House and leads group counseling for self-compassion practices. Her goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Katherine Parker - Finalist
Sophomore – Social Work. Katherine worked with refugees and immigrants through the Honors Colloquium class. From there, she began volunteering with Lutheran Social Services, aiding homeless and refugees, and soliciting donations for fundraising events. She plans to become an intern for them. She is also a Facilitator for the Honors Colloquium for freshman students, committing 11 hours per week and considers herself a role model. She plans to get her Masters in Social Work and work for an organization like Lutheran Social Services.
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