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The Albert D. Ernest Jr. Caring Award & 

The Halamandaris Caring Internship

Applications Available

Applications are due Friday, October 1, 2021

Background

Each year since 1992, students have been nominated by their professors, supervisors or mentors to receive two prestigious awards. These students embody the spirit of caring, volunteerism, and humanitarianism. Finalists are chosen for each award and invited to an awards luncheon sponsored by Bank of America. These esteemed awards have been made possible through the generosity and establishment of an endowment by Hugh Jones, friends of Albert D. Ernest, Jr. and Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, N.A. (now Bank of America) for the Albert D. Ernest, Jr., Caring Award and the Bill and Angie Halamandaris Caring Internship at the Heart of America Foundation in Washington, DC.

The Albert D. Ernest Jr. Caring Award

The Caring Award committee seeks to recognize a UNF student who embodies the spirit of caring, volunteerism, and humanitarianism. The award is an opportunity to recognize and honor the bright, dedicated, and selfless individuals who take the time and strive to make the world a better place to live. Students are supported in the application process by a nomination from a professor, supervisor, and/or mentor. 


The UNF student who is selected for this prestigious award will receive a stunning bronze sculpture created by the late Frank Eliscu, nationally known sculptor, and designer of the Heisman Trophy, the Oval Office's Presidential Eagle and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The recipient will be honored during commencement and will receive a donation made in their name to a charity of their choosing. 
 

 

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled at UNF either full or part time
  • A junior, senior or graduate student in good academic standing at UNF
  • Involved in university activities providing direct services to others and/or similar direct service involvement
 

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to volunteer service
  • Initiative and innovation in problem solving
  • Persistence in overcoming obstacles
  • Advocacy for change that alleviates, or considerably improves, the status quo
  • Continual caring exhibited in duration and impact of student's active contribution
 
Application
Students should apply by submitting the application, a 500 word essay and a letter of recommendation from a professor, supervisor, or mentor via AcademicWorks. (Visit UNF Foundation Scholarships for more detailed information.)  Submit a general application via AcademicWorks if not already done so. Once the general application is submitted, search for “Albert D. Ernest, Jr. Caring Award” under Other Recommended Opportunities to apply. 
 
The Selection Committee will include representatives from UNF and the Jacksonville community. Finalists will be interviewed in-person and invited to attend an awards celebration in November. 
 
For questions, contact Dr. Mary Yuskis, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, at (904) 620-5384 or mary.yuskis@unf.edu
 
Applications are due by Friday, October 1, 2021

 

The Halamandaris Caring Internship / Washington, D.C.

Located in Washington D.C., the Heart of America Foundation® was created to teach the values at the heart of America and to help people, particularly children, learn that they help themselves when they help others. The Heart of America Foundation is a national, nonsectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit, humanitarian organization that celebrates, honors, and empowers both young people and adults who enrich humanity with the quality of their lives.
 
This scholarship awards a UNF student an opportunity to intern at the Foundation for eight weeks. The intern will also receive a housing allowance and travel expenses to/from Washington, D.C. and will be involved in a variety of projects designed to inspire and enrich the lives and hearts of others. Students are supported in the application process by a nomination from a professor, supervisor, and/or mentor.

Applicants must be:

  • Be enrolled as a junior or senior in good academic standing at UNF
  • Complete a FAFSA and demonstrate some degree of financial need
  • Agree to enroll in and complete at least one Business Ethics course:

    PHI 2630; PHI 3641; MAN 4064 or HSA 4553

 

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to volunteer service
  • Initiative and innovation in problem solving
  • Persistence in overcoming obstacles
  • Advocacy for change that alleviates, or considerably improves, the status quo
 
Application

Students should apply by submitting the application, a 500 word essay and a letter of recommendation from a professor, supervisor, or mentor via AcademicWorks. (Visit UNF Foundation Scholarships website for more detailed information.)  Submit a general application via AcademicWorks if not already done so. Once the general application is submitted, search for “Halamandaris Caring Internship” under Other Recommended Opportunities to apply.

 

The Selection Committee will include representatives from UNF and the Jacksonville community. Finalists will be interviewed in-person and invited to attend an awards celebration in November.

 

For questions, contact Dr. Mary Yuskis, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, at (904) 620-5384 or mary.yuskis@unf.edu

 

Applications are due by Friday, October 1, 2021

 

 

Amani Marar

2017 Halamandaris Internship Recipient

"You funded a trip that afforded me invaluable growth, both personally and professionally.

Thank you for showing me the world through a different lens."

 

Amani in front of the Washington Monument Amani in a moving van with ladders