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QUEST Program 

Prepare to take flight as a UNF Osprey by participating in the QUEST Program. Think about it. Pilots rarely take their first solo flight without proper training and a chance to practice. So why should students? We feel students on a quest to achieve academic success and make the most of their collegiate experience need the same opportunity to test their wings before starting their first flight as an Osprey.

QUEST is a year-long experience of academic and personal development for underrepresented incoming first time in college students at the University of North Florida. Recognizing that all students are at different places in their preparatory journey, we understand there is an expectation of students to perform well academically and to balance their academic and social lives, sometimes with little to no preparatory training. The Department of Diversity Initiatives is committed to ensuring each student who participates in QUEST feels prepared for their first solo flight as college students. As such, the aim of QUEST is to ease the transition from high school to college by helping students acclimate to the academic and social aspects of college life.

What is QUEST? 

There are two components to the QUEST Program. Students who participate in QUEST will be awarded a $500 scholarship upon full participation and completion of the program.

QUEST Intensive Flight School

QUEST Intensive Flight school is a week-long enrichment program typically scheduled in the month of June prior to the start of the Summer B session. The program takes place Monday-Friday of the week between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. followed by evening social bonding activities.

This one-week intensive introductory orientation to the University will assist students in:

  • Building skills essential to college success, including time management, strategic thinking, study skills and organizational best practices
  • Increasing their knowledge in the areas of English and math
  • Learning about opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connecting with other incoming and returning UNF students

QUEST and Beyond

Students who complete QUEST Intensive Flight School are required to submit a mentee application for the Intercultural Center for Peace Connections program. Through this program, flight school graduates will be assigned a faculty/staff mentor to assist them in their transitional process. In addition to their participation in the Connections program, QUEST participants will need to attend 3 diversity-focused events throughout the academic year. Finally, QUEST participants will be asked to attend QUEST mixers. These mixers will provide an on-going opportunity for the students to interact with one another as they build upon the foundation laid during QUEST Intensive “Flight School.”

Eligibility and Program Details

In order to qualify to participate in the QUEST program, students must: 

  • Be formally admitted to the University of North Florida (UNF) for summer B or fall semester as an incoming college freshman
  • Identify as a student of color or other historically under-represented group, 
  • Be available for the entire duration of QUEST Intensive Flight School program and willing to commit to continued participation in QUEST and Beyond
  • Submit all application materials outlined below. 

Application Materials and Deadline 


The 2018 QUEST application has closed. Check back for the 2019 application! 


To complete an application, submit the following: 

  • Application form (available during summer), including 250 word statement of “Why You Want to Participate in QUEST”
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor 


Contact Brandi Winfrey, Associate Director, Department of Diversity Initiatives at or by calling (904) 620-2842.


Email completed application packet to You can also hand-deliver or mail application packets to:


Brandi Winfrey

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Building 2, Suite 1400 

Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645