Press Release for Wednesday, September 13, 2006

UNF Student Awarded Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship

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

Ana Novoa, a senior criminal justice major at the University of North Florida, recently received the Panides-Doughty Law Enforcement Scholarship, which was designed to recognize students who are interested in a law enforcement career.

“We’re especially proud of Ana for being the first recipient of the Panides scholarship, in what will be a growing number of awards for students interested in law enforcement from this generous scholarship gift,” said Michael Hallett, UNF’s Criminal Justice Department chair. “Ana shows true passion for what she is doing, has excellent grades and is clear-minded about the commitment to public service her career choice represents.”

Novoa is currently interning with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and plans to become a police officer. She is actively involved in the UNF Student Criminal Justice Association and will be the first person in her family to pursue a career in law enforcement—a profession she has wanted to practice since the age of 15.

The law enforcement scholarship was established in memory of two UNF graduates, Debra Doughty and Jason Panides, by their families. Doughty graduated with a nutrition degree from the Brooks College of Health, while Panides graduated with a degree in criminal justice. Doughty and Panides were engaged to be married but passed away within two months of each other, Doughty from cancer and Panides while serving on border patrol in Texas.