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College of Education and Human Services

Be an Urban Educator

We are currently accepting applications for students entering their junior year of college to continue their education at the University of North Florida who want to be teachers. 

The College of Education and Human Services will provide scholars with up to $6,000 per year in scholarship funds. Formerly referred to as the UNF Holmes Scholars, the Urban Education Scholarship continues to increase the educator pipeline to better reflect PK-12 demographics. Supporting the Northeast Florida region with qualified teachers is crucial. This program also establishes an environment of support for participants and prepares students to engage in the larger professional community.

Eligibility Requirements

Preference given to students who have graduated from a Duval County Public School or the Florida State College System

  • Meet admission requirements and be accepted into UNF
  • Be a junior
  • Be admitted into a Teacher Education program in the College of Education and Human Services or Music Education degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Participate in an Osprey Teacher Residency (OTR) pathway
  • Enroll in a minimum of 9 hours in the fall and spring semesters
  • Enroll in a minimum of 3 hours in the summer semester, if utilizing scholarship funds
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout each semester at UNF
  • Provide a personal statement that reflects students plans or intent to teach in an urban school setting


  • Scholarship Award up to $6,000 per year ($3,000 for fall and $3,000 for spring semester)
  • Access to customized test prep support
  • Drop-in study hours
  • Social events


Complete an Application

For more information,  contact Elizabeth Aiken, Coordinator for the Urban Education Scholars Program at

For questions about the College of Education and Human Services, our programs and services, and applying to UNF, please contact Jade Yuen, Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention Manager at