Press Release for Thursday, August 24, 2006

UNF Awards Inaugural Sir Colville Young Endowed Scholarship

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida announces Amelia Williams as the first recipient of the Sir Colville Young Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to UNF students from Belize who have shown excellent initiative and promise for outstanding educational achievement.

The scholarship will provide Williams with $1,000 to be applied toward her tuition and fees for the 2006-2007 academic year. She is from the Belmopan, Cayo District, and previously taught at Belmopan Comprehensive School and the University of Belize. Williams earned a Master of Education degree in counselor education from UNF and has been accepted as a student in the Doctor of Education program, majoring in educational leadership with a cognate in counselor education. She is beginning her second year of doctoral study this fall at the University.

“This award to Amelia Williams is an excellent milestone for UNF and the country of Belize, not only because Amelia is such an outstanding student, but also because the award commemorates the long and productive partnership between the University and Belize,” said Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

The Sir Colville Young Scholarship Fund was initiated in 1998 in honor of His Excellency, Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, by a group of faculty and friends of the COEHS. Contributors to the scholarship fund include numerous Belizean business and educational professionals as well as Belizean UNF alumni. The fund reached its endowed level of $25,000 in 2005, and the annual interest generated from the account will award scholarships in perpetuity, beginning with the award to Williams this year.

UNF has had a partnership with Belize for more than 20 years, with over 320 Belizeans as its alumni. A highlight of the Belize/UNF partnership is the summer graduate education program, which UNF offers in Belize via collaboration with the University of Belize and the Belize Ministry of Education. The University also offers an exchange program, allowing Belizean students to spend a year at UNF earning credit toward their master’s degree.