Military Veteran Student of the Year 


The Military Veteran Student of the Year program is designed to recognize outstanding military veteran students. The award is an opportunity to recognize those military veteran students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and citizenship. Click here if you have a student in mind who you would like to nominate.




Ramses Marte Espinosa


Ramses Student of the Year


 Ramses is a bilingual reservist in the United States Marine Corps where he excels as a Communication Technician. He has been granted the Warriors Award for upholding Marine Corps standards and traditions and exemplifies the model Marine with his positive attitude and team spirit. He is also a generous student, participating in community outreach programs like Toys for Tots and volunteering with the New York City Marathon and Volunteers for Medicine. He is currently pursuing a bachelors in biology and is an active member of both the Biomedical Club and the Medical School Pre-Professionals Club. His goal is to become a doctor and use his knowledge to further help the community.



Jamie Giroux




Jamie is a veteran of the United States Navy where she served four years including a deployment to Djibouti, Africa. She is currently pursuing a bachelors in social work. She is a model student and leader, serving as Vice President of the UNF Social Work Club and chapter President of Phi Alpha National Honor Society, which she helped to establish. Jamie dedicates hours of her time to serving the Jacksonville community through volunteer work with Brooks Rehabilitation Center and serving as a Child Advocate for Guardian Ad Litem. In addition, she helped raise funds to create Halloween treat bags for homeless children and worked with the Social Work Club to raise funds for a holiday luncheon for domestic violence survivors.



Rebecca Ketcher


Rebecca K


Rebecca is a veteran of the United States Army and Florida Army National Guard. She has served in combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rebecca is pursuing a degree in Spanish and American Sign Language. Rebecca is an active member of the UNF community. She served as president of the Student Veterans of America, UNF Chapter, and regularly volunteers with On Campus Transition by mentoring students and teaching sign language classes.