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Press Release for Tuesday, November 27, 2018

University of North Florida Selected as Holmes Scholars Institution

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida has been accepted as an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Institution. The AACTE Holmes Honors Program supports undergraduates from historically under-represented groups interested in a career in teaching, school administration or the professoriate.


Inclusion in the Holmes Partnership, which consists of 33 universities in the United States, will enable the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) to grow its network of community and national partnerships while also making a real difference in the community.


"The UNF Holmes Scholars will become a part of a high-impact network designed to increase the number of well-qualified educators from under-represented groups in the field of education. It will offer access to a wealth of local resources as well as opportunities to engage in national-level policy and advocacy efforts," said Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, COEHS dean.


Dr. Rudy Jamison, assistant director for Urban Education and Community Initiatives in the COEHS, is spearheading the Holmes Scholar program for the College and is managing the recruitment process.


"The Holmes Scholar program facilitates the diversification of the educator pipeline to better reflect PK-12 demographics," Jamison stated. "This is crucial for the Northeast Florida region because it's such a diverse place. The program also establishes an environment of mentorship and support for participants and prepares students to engage in the larger professional community."


In its first year as an established scholarship program, the COEHS will recruit 10 high school students from historically under-represented groups in Duval County, as Holmes Scholars. The first cohort of scholars will begin the UNF Holmes Honors Program pipeline in the summer of 2019.


The AACTE Holmes Program was founded in 1991 for doctoral students and expanded in 2015 to support students at earlier points in their education careers. The Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support and professional development opportunities. For more information about the program, visit the AACTE website.


The College of Education and Human Services offers a variety of programs to serve educational professionals in Northeast Florida. The College offers undergraduate programs in fields, such as special education, elementary education, secondary education and deaf education for people who are studying to be teachers, and also non-teaching programs, like sport management and American Sign Language/English Interpreting. The College also offers graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, special education, counseling and educational leadership and offers one of three doctoral programs at UNF, the Doctorate of Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.