Give to Undergraduate Studies
Supporting Undergraduate Studies helps dedicated faculty and staff advance the goals of the University as they pertain to excellence and quality in undergraduate education, student learning, student development, and academic student services across all colleges and several programs of study. Many of these opportunities would not be possible without philanthropic support from generous UNF alumni, friends, and donors.
Make an impact: Please consider making a gift to support Undergraduate Studies. You can help develop the next generation of leaders in our community and across the globe.
Your gift can provide student scholarships, program enhancements, provide faculty and student research opportunities, support Transformational Learning Opportunities, and many other educational needs at the University of North Florida.
Areas of Support
Academic Bridge Programs
Support students as they prepare for their first semester in college at UNF. The academic bridge program assists students with making the transition from high school to college. One example would be to introduce foundational accounting principles to Accounting students, in addition to co-curricular opportunities and social components. Another way academic bridge scholarships can benefit students is to help cover the cost of tuition, room, and board.
Make a difference: A one-time gift of $2,500 or more could help a student pay for on-campus housing and other expenses for one semester. Establishing an endowed fund would provide support for students in perpetuity.
Freshman Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO)
Transformational Learning Opportunities set the occasion for life-changing experiences. TLOs take a myriad of forms such as study abroad experiences, service learning experiences, research experiences with a faculty member, internships, directed independent studies with a faculty member, and leadership experiences. Your gift will enrich student learning and personal development both inside and outside the classroom. A student who participated in a TLO to study Art History in Italy said, "The TLO allowed me to experience life outside of what I'm used to, and it exposed me to things I normally don't get to see / things I usually don't think about."
Make a difference: A one-time gift of $1,000 or more can help transform a student's life by providing financial assistance to complete a meaningful education experience. Establishing an endowed fund would provide support for students in perpetuity.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Additional funding allows students to participate in paid undergraduate research with a faculty member over the course of a semester. The Sponsored Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, encourages students to work on campus and gain relevant research experience while earning money. Research shows that students who work on campus tend to have better grades and are more likely to graduate in four years than students who work off campus. As quoted by a SURF participant, "The SURF program enhanced my experience at UNF because it gave me the opportunity to conduct research on a topic that I am very passionate about."
Make a difference: A one-time gift of $2,400 or more will allow one student to conduct research for one semester. Establishing an endowed fund would provide support for students in perpetuity.
Supplemental Instruction and Tutors
Provide support for student leaders who are dedicated to helping other students succeed academically. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students. Funding this program will allow professional development for the SI leaders and tutors to learn new strategies and techniques to lead their colleagues to success. According to a student who participates in SI, "My SI leader is awesome. She not only answers questions about information pertaining to class but any questions in general to help us as lower classmen. She explains things in ways that make it easier to understand."
Make a difference: A one-time gift of $1,000 or more will allow for further training and development of up to five SI leaders and tutors. Establishing an endowed fund would provide support for students in perpetuity.
Student Emergency Funding
With additional funding, Undergraduate Studies will be able to provide assistance to undergraduate students who experience unexpected circumstances, such as medical emergencies. Funding can help students pay for items such as tuition, textbooks, groceries, and medical expenses so they can remain in school and graduate.
Make a difference: A one-time gift of $500 or more can help a student in need.
For questions about giving, or to make a donation to Undergraduate Studies, please contact Chaz Runfola, Director of Development for Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-620-5895.
Every donor, every gift, makes a BIG difference to students!