The application consists of:
- Applicant eligibility, including GPA and graduation application status
- Community Engagement Summary
- Documentation of 3 Community Engagement Experiences
- Personal Essay
Part 1: Student Application Form
A. Applicant Information and Eligibility
Submission of general applicant information, including overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
Undergraduate students: A minimum UNF GPA of 2.75 is required. Applicants GPA will be verified via UNF’s student records. Graduate and Professional Students: A minimum UNF GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants GPA will be verified via UNF’s student records.
B. Community Engagement Summary
Applicants will provide a paragraph summary of their significant community engagement experiences while a UNF student. The application provides an example for applicants to use as a potential template.
C. Documentation of Community Engagement Experiences
Applicants should complete the Community Engagement documentation portion by detailing THREE (3) meaningful community engagement experiences that have occurred during their academic years at UNF.
To complete the documentation form, you will need information such as course names, course numbers, CRN Numbers, faculty member names, names of experiences or community-based assignment(s), names of the community organizations, number of hours served, and a brief summary of the experience. You may want to gather this information before beginning the application.
You will need to identify in which category your Community Engagement Experience fits. These categories are for classification purposes only.
Curricular (Course/Credit Based) Community-Based Activities
Community-based research or assignment project focused on a community issue (research completed with a faculty mentor and community agency that focused on addressing a community issue)
International study abroad with a service learning component (taken for credit)
Community-Based Instruction or service learning course (credit course that includes unpaid, voluntary work as an integrated part of the coursework)
Community Apprenticeship for academic programs (unpaid, voluntary work performed at a charitable non-profit, government or school-based site that was documented through credit; i.e., internship, Co-op, practicum, clinical, or field placement)
Co-Curricular (Out-of-Classroom) Community-Based Activities
Campus sponsored day of service (a one-time service project organized by UNF)
Intensive service project (a service project with a significant amount of voluntary community service over a set period of time, such as an alternative break or study abroad experience not taken for credit that includes a service component)
Membership or leadership in a community-based engagement student organization (participation or leadership role is a service, political or social-issue based organization that is registered with UNF’s Club Alliance)
Non-paid/non-credit Community Apprenticeship (unpaid, voluntary work performed at a charitable non-profit, government or school-based site that wasn’t documented through credit; i.e., internship, Co-op, practicum, clinical, or field placement)
Compensated Community-Based Activities (via money, scholarship, or similar benefits)
Community-based Federal work-study employment (Federal work-study position performed at a charitable non-profit community organization)
National Service (Including AmeriCorps, NCCC, VISTA, etc.)
Scholarship that requires a minimum of 20 or more hours of service per year
Military service (including ROTC)
Paid internship at a community-based site (government, school, or non-profit organization)
D. Personal Essay
Applicants are asked to submit an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses the following statement:
I have a responsibility and a commitment to use the knowledge and skills I gained as an University of North Florida student to collaborate and dialogue with others across differences to address social issues.
Applicants are asked to explain the ways that they agree or disagree with this statement and provide personal examples.