Press Release for Friday, September 28, 2007

UNF Student Receives National Merit Award Scholarship

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

University of North Florida student Fernanda Acha was recently honored with a $1,000 Merit Award scholarship from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The Merit Award is presented to outstanding new members who embody the NSCS mission of honoring and inspiring academic excellence and engaged citizenship for a lifetime. The scholarship is awarded to only 50 new members from NSCS chapters across the nation.

“NSCS provides the opportunity for students like Fernanda to be recognized for their outstanding academic success early in their college experience,” said Stephen E. Loflin, the Society’s executive director. “Her achievements are truly outstanding.”

Acha, a UNF junior Honors student, maintains a 3.94 GPA and has a double major in international business and economics. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, International Business Society, International Student Association, Kappa Alpha Theta and the Hispanic-American College Experience. She also has served as a mentor at Spring Park Elementary School and will be mentoring middle school students this fall to help prepare them for college.

NSCS recognizes outstanding academic achievement and is the nation’s only honors organization offering membership to first- and second-year students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average. There are more than 500,000 members in 228 college chapters across the country. The Society offers students exclusive access to scholarships, career resources and leadership opportunities.