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Funding Elevates Meals on Wings

Lawrence “Laurie” DuBow believes that the best thing you can do for a young person is to help them attend college. That philosophy has motivated him to provide scholarships to UNF students for the past 30 years through the DuBow Family Foundation.
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Recognizing the Strength in Diversity

Navigating through differences and promoting a stronger community is nothing new for Florida Blue’s CEO Pat Geraghty
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Family Time Sparks UNF Partnership

Partnerships begin in different ways. For the University of North Florida and Bank of England Mortgage, the connection began with sports
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Support for Urban Education

Each year at the University of North Florida, hundreds of students graduate from the College of Education and Human Services, motivated to begin making a difference in children’s lives.
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Gift Inspires Others During Pandemic

At a very young age, Dr. Anne Lufrano knew that college was in her future. Her parents valued education, and at that time, residents of New York City could attend any one of the City Universities for free.
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Making Dreams a Reality for First-Generation Students

“Education is the key to success … and hard work pays dividends.” The adage was one that Almeta Monroe-Turner heard time and time again growing up.
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On a mission to change lives

Th e Morales family and their company, RF-SMART, are committed to making the world a better place – a focus that extends far beyond the company’s day-to-day operations and into the Jacksonville community.
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A champion of lifelong

Passionate about continuing to share knowledge and learn in retirement, Ralph Sawyer was instrumental in bringing OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, to UNF
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Lifetime love of music inspires philanthropy

Peter Trofimenko’s career merged two worlds — one financial, the other musical. He worked within both  for many years; investment expert by day, orchestra conductor and arranger by night.
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The power of caring

Brian Frampton is grateful to the Bradburys for touching his life in such a meaningful way.
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Elevating the future of education

For more than a decade, Gary Chartrand has been intensely focused on enhancing education in Florida, committing time, energy and resources to broaden learning opportunities for children.
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Encouraging student success

Michael Ward believes in the value of an education. The oldest of eight children, he knew early on that college was a key to future success
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UNF at the heart of innovation

Having a great idea is one thing. Turning that idea into a viable business is another.
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Ospreys seek home court advantage

Beach volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
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Celebrating excellence in teaching

For many teachers in Duval County, Gilchrist Berg is their greatest champion.
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Love of art inspires gift

Barbara Sharp and Todd Sack are fans of MOCA Jacksonville and the University of North Florida Foundation.

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Hard work comes full circle

For two decades, The McCurry Foundation has helped more than 150 students realize their dream of going to college.
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Passion for excellence provides opportunity

Early in his life, Jim Van Vleck wanted to be a teacher, buoyed by the impact of several exceptional educators.

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David Hicks leaves a strong legacy at UNF

Ann and David Hicks shared a commitment to improve the lives of others. When David passed away in July, countless nonprofit organizations, individuals, UNF students and alumni, all reflected on the magnitude of his impact.

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Retired professor invests in urban education

After 50 years as a public school teacher and later, as a UNF education professor, Dr. Lynne Raiser knows that poverty is the root cause of struggling inner city schools. 

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Longtime supporter embraces music programs

Bob Tonsfeldt, longtime supporter of UNF, embraces the opportunity to impact educational opportunities and School of Music programs.
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The Energy Authority funds trading room makeover

The Energy Authority recently donated $100,000 over five years to upgrade UNF’s trading room, named The Energy Authority Center for Portfolio Management.

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Hospitals partner with UNF to address mental health

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Flagler Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Memorial Hospital joined forces with UNF to aid in the development of mental health professionals.

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THE PLAYERS Championship extends support for scholarships

THE PLAYERS Championship recently pledged to double its endowment to fund scholarships for UNF students who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. 

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Generous wetlands gift expands coastal research

A drive to the beach down JTB provides almost a birds-eye view of the University of North Florida's newest acreage on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Jags Head Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock talks to UNF scholarship recipients

Jags Foundation supports athletic training

Ten students in the Athletic Training program at UNF received scholarships from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation this year, as well as advice from the Jaguars' head athletic trainer.