Press Release for Wednesday, June 27, 2007

UNF Student Receives Distinguished Student Scholar Award

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

University of North Florida student Shane A. Horn recently received the Pi Lambda Theta 2007 Distinguished Student Scholar Award, which is presented in recognition of an education major who has demonstrated a strong dedication to the future of education, displays potential for leadership and has made significant contributions to local or national education efforts while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

Horn, a senior education major in UNF’s College of Education and Human Services, will receive a $500 cash payment, framed certificate and a complimentary one-year honorary membership in Pi Lambda Theta. The award, established in 1991, is funded by the Pi Lambda Theta Educational Endowment.

He was nominated for the award by Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of UNF’s College of Education and Human Services. “Shane is a natural leader and exceptional person who holds the ability to rally the people around him to achieve great things,” he said. “He so effectively exemplifies the make a difference philosophy that characterizes outstanding teachers.”

A Southside resident, Horn serves as historian for the UNF National Education Association; vice president, UNF Theatre Club; and the leader of UNF Amnesty International. He is the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award and a finalist for the Albert D. Earnest Jr. Caring Award. He is also an active member on the United Way Committee, Best Buddies, the African American Student Union and Golden Key International Honor Society.

Horn led an “Adopt-a-Class” initiative that sponsored 30 new books and gifts for a local first-grade class in need and assisted in the cleanup and cataloguing of the Educational Technology Center on the UNF campus. Excess books were donated to universities overseas in need of educational supplies. Additionally, he was the lead coordinator and guest speaker for UNF’s fourth annual Peace Awareness Day.

Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910 and is an international honor society and professional association in education. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues. The most selective society of its kind, Pi Lambda Theta extends membership to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements, as well as to professional educators who have earned a recognized award for excellence or certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.