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Environmental Center Leadership Program

What is the Environmental Center Leadership Program (ECLP)?

The ECLP is a program that offers a robust, multi-disciplinary, community-based immersion program designed to create the next generation of environmental leaders

  • Targeted to all undergraduate students, from all colleges and any major, who are passionate about cultivating a more just, sustainable, and healthy environment; 
  • Enhances students’ undergraduate experience through professional and academic skill development, leadership training, and networking opportunity.
  • Empower and connect future environmental leaders through project-based partnership with environmental organizations in NE Florida.

What are some of the Benefits to You?

  • Award $1,500 scholarship ($750 awarded in Fall 2020; $750 awarded in Spring 2021) 
  • Develop professional and leadership skills such as needs assessment, program planning, advocacy, budgeting, grant-writing, program implementation, program evaluation, interpersonal skills, outreach and communication, and valuable leadership training development.
  • Preparation for employment and/or graduate school through applied work in community and expanded professional networking.

Upon completion of your project, you will have the opportunity present your project and you will be awarded a green cord to wear at graduation. 


Program Expectations

Fall 2020: Leadership/Professional/Academic Training

  1. Complete Intro to Leadership LDR3003 course (if not already taken) with a final course grade of 3.0 or higher
  2. Attend a minimum of five on-campus professional/academic workshops
  3. Attend mandatory ECLP Community Partner event and partner with organization
  4. Develop project plan and timeline with community partner

Spring 2021: Project Implementation

  1. Commitment of 100 hours (Jan-Mar) to project implementation
  2. Submit proposal to present project at SOARS conference (April 2021) by due date and present project.
  3. Attend ECLP celebration-community partner event in April 2021

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be in good academic standing in accordance with the university’s policies (GPA will be considered competitively)
  • Must be enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking undergraduate student through Spring 2021
  • Must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at time of application
  • Successfully fulfill Fall 2020 requirements
  • Attend and/or volunteer at on-campus environmentally-related events, off-campus outings, and community meetings that are applicable to their project, etc.

Application Instructions

On-line applications will open January 2020. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2020. You will need to have a current resume, UNF transcript (or degree evaluation), two professional references, and be prepared to write a short statement of interest. Applicants will be notified by UNF email prior to Fall 2020 registration in April. Awardees will sign agreement form with detailed expectations. The ECLP program will start Fall 2020.  


Program Funding Sources

In 2015, we launched the pilot program through the generous donation of The Cummer Family Foundation. The Cummer Family Foundation support has continued, and in 2016, we established a philanthropic relationship with The Felburn Foundation, who also currently supports the ECLP. To ensure the longevity of the ECLP, we are continuing to expand our donor base, apply for grants, and obtain sponsors from organizations and individuals. For more information about how you can support the ECLP, please contact Teresa Nichols – Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement - (904) 620-1833 –