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Press Release for Friday, March 28, 2008

UNF Student Receives Two National Community Service Awards

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida student Valeria Nolla, a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), has been awarded two service awards—the Scholar of Promise and the President’s Volunteer Service Award—for her community service.

The Scholar of Promise award is given to NSCS members who complete 50 hours of youth-oriented community service within a 12-month term, while The President’s Volunteer Service Award is given to members who complete at least 100 hours of service over a 12-month period.

“Along with scholarship and leadership, service is one of the pillars of NSCS,” said Stephen Loflin, NSCS executive director. “Our members truly make a difference and Valeria is a sterling example of this. Her dedication and commitment to service serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Nolla, a UNF chemistry/pre-med major from Peru, was nominated for these awards because of her participation in the 180 S.A.F.E. Ride, which raises awareness for seat belt use and the importance of using designated drivers to fight drunk driving. The cyclists help raise awareness and support for Florida S.A.F.E., Inc., a nonprofit education organization dedicated to reducing teen injuries and fatalities.

In the summer of 2007, the Southside reisdent participated in a 12-day, 1,200-mile bike trek across Florida. The 22 year old was the only college student that was part of the 10-person team that cycled across the state. This fall, Nolla will participate in the team’s ride from New York to Washington, D.C.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.