Several military and veteran-specific scholarships are offered through the Military and Veterans Resource Center at different times throughout the year. Check this page for current scholarship information and application deadlines.
A 1999 graduate of Allen D. Nease High School, Josh was a student at UNF for three years when he decided to leave school and enlist in the Marines. He chose the Marines because of their elite status and, specifically, chose infantry as his specialty knowing he would probably go to Iraq. Tragically on October 21, 2006, ten days before he was due to return home to Camp Lejune, North Carolina, he was killed in action in the Anbar Province of Iraq.
He loved the Marine Corps, his family and his country. An only child, Josh truly believed he was fighting so that his mother and others could be safe. He felt that fighting terrorism in Iraq would prevent having to fight it here.
In December 2006, Josh's mother and uncle, Amy Vazquez and David Tillis, established the Marine Corporal Joshua C. Watkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of North Florida to honor Joshua's sacrifice and aid returning veterans in continuing their education, as Josh had planned to do.
Today, through the generosity of others, notably the PGA Tour, and Ponte Vedra residents Robert and Monica Jacoby, the endowment has grown. An endowed scholarship exists in perpetuity, making this an excellent opportunity to honor a local hero and show support for our local military personnel to whom we owe our continued freedom.
Scholarships are available for active duty, reserve or honorably discharged military personnel enrolled full time at UNF, with preference given to Marines.
Award: $2,500 ($1,250 fall and $1,250 spring)
Deadline: Applications closed for Fall 2019.
Preference will be given in the following order:
Students must also agree to:
Award: $1,000 ($500 fall and $500 spring)
Deadline: Recipient has been selected for 2019 (renewal).
Preference Will Be Given In The Following Order:
Deadline: Applications closed for Fall 2019.
Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019
Applications are available for pick-up in the MVRC (Bldg. 2, Room 1100) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019
Award: $2,000 (one award)
Scholarship applications will be available on the Student Government website beginning August 29. The deadline for applications to be submitted to the Student Government Business Office is Monday, September 16 by 5 p.m.
Florida Advisory Council for Military Education (FL ACME)
The Florida ACME proudly recognizes military members and veterans with $1,000 scholarship opportunities in four different categories annually. Applicants must meet one of the three criteria: reside in Florida; be permanently stationed in Florida as part of either the active duty, guard and reserve component; or enrolled at a Florida institution of higher learning during the application period of the award year (December 1 through March 15).
Full eligibility information, application packet and deadlines can be found on the scholarships page of FL ACME's website.
Student Veterans of America National
Student Veterans of America (SVA) periodically offers scholarships for student veterans. SVA also compiles a list of major nationwide scholarships. Visit the scholarships section of their national webpage for current information.
Children of Fallen Patriots
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty - including casualties from combat, training, illness, and suicide - pre and post 9/11. They aim to bridge the gap in funding between the VA and other resources, and the total cost of undergraduate college education/vocational school.
More information and the enrollment process can be found on the Children of Fallen Patriots website.
National Military Family Association (NMFA)
NMFA awards an average of $500 for career funding and $1,000 for degrees. Up to $2500 is available for clinical supervision towards licensure in the mental health profession. Spouses are also eligible for funding, typically $1,000, to build their own businesses. This includes entrepreneurs, LLCs, direct sales, franchises, contractors, and other for-profit ventures. Any spouse with a valid military ID is eligible.
Full eligibility information and current deadlines can be found on the NMFA spouses and scholarships website.
Johnathan T. and Harriet M. Howe Sociology Scholarship
Established in 2011, this gift provides scholarships for students majoring in sociology with a preference given to students seeking a degree after a period of absence of at least one year from college. Additional preference is given to spouses of military personnel. The Scholarship provides $1200 for educational expenses to the student selected for the award.
Please visit the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in building 51, room 2304 for full eligibility information, application packet and deadlines.