Press Release for Monday, April 8, 2002


A UNF student has just been named a Truman Scholar and will use the award, valued at up to $30,000, to complete her undergraduate degree at UNF and attend graduate school in social work.


Bree Frank, a junior in psychology was recently selected as the third Truman Scholar in five years, and the second in two years at UNF. Each year the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to college students who have outstanding leadership potential, plan to pursue careers in government or other public service and wish to attend graduate school. The recipients are selected from a group of 800 students nominated by universities throughout the United States.

Frank grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1994. After a few years off for marriage and motherhood Frank returned to school at UNF in 2000 where she is also working on a minor in criminal justice. UNF is a family affair for Frank, her four-year-old son attends the Child Development Center on campus while she is in class.

Frank credits an internship last fall with the Head Start program in giving her a career direction. “It helped me to really understand what social services is about. It was an eye-opening experience to see what it was like for kids to have needs that are unmet.”

Frank and two other UNF students who received prestigious scholarships to further their academic careers will be honored at a reception on April 12 at 4 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room in J.J. Daniel Hall.

Rebecca Hayman, a sophomore in electrical engineering just received notification she has been named a Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater by assisting students in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The national scholarship covers $7,500 for each junior and senior year.

Hayman, a native of Ft. Pierce, decided at the end of high school to major in engineering when she attended the International Science Fair. She is currently an Honors student at UNF and is a research assistant in the Applied Global System lab.

A recent UNF graduate, Jessica Stebbins, was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will allow the Cape Coral native to study at Cambridge University in England. The Gates Scholarship was established two years ago by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It covers all tuition and fees at Cambridge as well as a generous living allowance and travel stipend. About 150 students with high academic merit and leadership potential are selected from 50 different countries to participate in the 11 month program. Stebbins will work on a master’s of philosophy degree in economics and social history. After Cambridge Stebbins will attend law school where she has been accepted by Harvard, NYU and Duke.


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