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
There are limited costs associated with participating in QUEST Intensive Flight School. Daily meals are not provided; participants will be responsible for the cost of their own breakfast, lunch and dinner. We host an opening breakfast and a closing lunch reception, as well as provide snacks and water throughout the day.
Housing for the QUEST program is covered by a program stipend. Participants will receive funding to cover the expense of housing for the week of QUEST Intensive Flight School. Any participants continuing on into the summer B term or returning in fall will need to execute a separate housing contract through Housing and Residential Life to reside in a residence hall during the remainder of the summer B semester.
More information will be provided to enrolled participants prior to the start of the program.
QUEST and Beyond
QUEST Intensive Flight School participants receive priority status in submitting 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 2019-2020 academic year.* Finally, QUEST participants will be asked to attend QUEST mixers throughout the year. These mixers will provide an opportunity for the students to connect with other past QUEST participants and 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 QUEST 2019 application is now closed. The deadline to apply for QUEST 2019 was Friday, May 3, 2019.
To complete an application, submit the following:
• Online Application form
• One letter of recommendation from a school official* detailing why you would make a good candidate for the QUEST program and how participation in this program would benefit you. All letters of recommendation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Brandi Winfrey, Associate Director, Department of Diversity Initiatives at email@example.com or by calling (904) 620-2842.