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Luncheon with 2017 QUEST students and staff

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

June 18-22, 2018 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with evening 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

QUEST Intensive Flight School participants will be 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 2018-2019 academic year.* Finally, QUEST participants will be asked to attend two QUEST mixers per semester. 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 2017 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. 

Enrollment in the QUEST Intensive Flight School program includes the following at no additional expense to participants: 

  • On-campus housing in a UNF Residence Hall,
  • A light grab and go continental breakfast  (Example: Granola and yogurt with fruit; muffins, Danish, bagels and donuts),
  • Box lunch inspired meals (Example: sub sandwich, piece of fruit, chips and cookie), and special end of Flight School send-off luncheon (Friday, June 22)
  • All printed materials needed for the program 
Participants will be responsible for the cost of their evening meals and transportation costs (for local area students who choose not to reside on campus).

Application Materials and Deadline 

The 2018 QUEST application has closed. Check back for the 2019 application! All applications were due by 5 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018. 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 

Acceptance Notification Tentative Release Date: Friday, June 1.


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