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Press Release for Wednesday, August 29, 2007

UNF Freshman Awarded Martinez Family Scholarship

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

University of North Florida freshman Terri Yonge was recently awarded $3,000 as a recipient of the Martinez Family Scholarship, which is named for benefactors Daniel A. and Katie Martinez, residents of Palatka.

Yonge is a recent graduate of Interlachen High School, where she was an active member in both the symphonic and jazz bands. She plans to major in music education at UNF and pursue a career as a musical director.

Daniel Martinez, a former UNF Foundation Board member, established the Martinez Family Scholarship in 1994 for students residing in Putnam County. The endowed scholarship has grown to more than $365,000 and generates about $16,000 in scholarships every year. Since its establishment, the scholarship has benefited 13 scholars, including last year’s recipients UNF senior Corey Press, junior Ashley Graham and sophomore Jessica Bellamy.

The Martinez Family Scholarship is part of UNF’s Pathways to Success program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be accepted to UNF, enroll as an incoming freshman for fall admission, reside in Putnam County or has a parent who resides in the county, earn a minimum high school GPA of at least 2.5, and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need.

Martinez scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as students earn a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of each academic year, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, file the FAFSA every year, and enroll in one business ethics course prior to their junior year.

In 1992, Daniel retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Atlanta and moved back to Palatka. Currently, he works as a consultant to the tissue manufacturing and converting industry. He is active in many civic organizations, particularly the Rotary Club, where he led efforts to raise money for a $1.5 million renovation of the Roy Campbell Civic Center at Ravine Gardens State Park.

He has held a number of civic offices, including president and director of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, commissioner of the St. Johns River Water Management District, chairman of the Palatka Housing Authority and Putnam County Nursing Home Authority, and board chair of the Columbia Putnam Medical Center. Daniel also has served on the executive committees of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, St. Augustine Technical Center, North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as president of the Rodeheaver Boys' Ranch.

For scholarship consideration, interested applicants can send an e-mail to or contact Maris Brien, assistant director of Foundation Scholarship, at (904) 620-2116.