Irene Helen McGinley Memorial Scholarship for Urban Education


  • Meet admissions requirements and be accepted to the University of North Florida 
  • Enroll as an undergraduate junior or senior in the College of Education and Human Services 
  • Reside in Florida for tuition purposes
  • Earn a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the University’s Office of Financial Aid
  • Major in an area leading to Florida teacher certification, with preference given to students wishing to teach in an urban school



  • Enroll full time (12 credit hours) each semester and earn a minimum of 24 credits by the end of each academic year
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years 
  • File the FAFSA form with the federal government each year
  • Comply with all University regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus 
  • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the donor 
  • Remain in good standing as a student 




  • Within the essay attached to your application, explain why you want to pursue a teaching career in an urban school



  • Current recipients may reapply for scholarship support, pending availability of funding, if all of the preceding requirements have been met.   However, current recipients will not be given preference.