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UNF Parent of the Year Award

The UNF Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Family of the Year Award is intended to celebrate the supportive role families play in the lives of students and the University community. Students are encouraged to nominate their parent(s), guardian(s), grandparent(s), or family who has had a profound influence on his or her life. The award is presented as part of UNF’s Family Weekend activities. 

2018 Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Family of the Year Award Nominations

The UNF Parents Association created this award to honor the parent(s)/guardian(s) and families that provide support, encouragement, inspiration and positive influence to the life of a student. Nomiations are currently being accepted for 2018.  


  • All UNF undergraduate students are eligible to nominate their parent(s)/guardian(s)/family for the award. 
  • The award recipient must attend the UNF Family Weekend for the award presentation. 
  • All entries will be judged in strict confidentiality by the award committee. Your name and information will be removed from the application in order to ensure an unbiased decision. 
  • The recipient will receive a congratulatory letter, gift and the nominated essay will be printed in the Osprey Parent News. 
  • By submitting a nomination form, you grant the Parents Association permission to mail your nominee(s) a copy of the entry form.

The nomination form for the 2018 Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Family of the Year can be found by clicking here: Form. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, Oct. 1. Please contact our office via email with questions. 


2017 Award Recipient 

Brad and Tracy Carter Parents of the Year

 Congratulations to Brad and Tracy Carter, recipients of the 2017 Parents of the Year award. Brad and Tracy were nominated by their son, Josh Carter, a senior majoring in Construction Management.  


Josh wrote the following nomination essay to honor his parents with this award: 

“My parents have helped me through every phase of my college career. My parents encouraged me from day one to put myself out there to make friends which led to me joining a fraternity and making bonds and relationships that will last a lifetime. They led by example when they joined the UNF Parent’s Council to help the parents of incoming students with their transition to having a college student as well. They guided me and helped me make an informed and well thought out decision when I decided to switch my major

Providing full financial support for both me and my sister who recently graduated from college has come at a great personal sacrifice in their own lives. Their financial support has allowed me to take my time and find an internship that I very much enjoy. It has also allowed me to join a club called ABC that will be competing in a competition this semester which requires a great deal of my time. Without their financial support I would not be able to dedicate the amount of time needed to participate because I would be worried about paying for school and working full time. They come to visit often when volunteering during Family Weekends. They also have come to help me move every year from campus to my 3 different apartments that I have lived in during my time at UNF.”