Scholarships & Award Programs

UF-Sponsored Scholarships & Programs

College of Health & Human Performance Scholarships

The College awards over $36,000 in scholarships annually, in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. Scholarship applications are accepted during the Spring semester and funds are disbursed during the Fall semester.  The Scholarship Committee will make recommendations on each merit-based scholarship based on applicant qualifications and donor-stipulated conditions. Students are eligible to apply for up to three scholarships, with a maximum of one scholarship awarded per student. Currently, there are 16 scholarships for which graduate students may apply.

DEADLINE: February 1

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Latin America-Caribbean Scholarship

Full-time students from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who receive scholarships from the federal or state government qualify for in-state tuition. To qualify, UF students must be awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per semester paid from either state or federal funds. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing. Graduate or research assistantships are not considered scholarships for this purpose.

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Florida A&M University Graduate Feeder Program (Minority Program)

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Program matches qualified FAMU graduates, interested in pursuing advanced degrees, particularly doctorates. UF provides a limited number of one-year research assistantships for FAMU Feeder Fellows who are entering a PhD program. The program provides a stipend ($17,000) for in-state tuition and fees and health insurance for up to three years.


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McNair Graduate Fellowship (Minority Program)

UF provides a limited number of one-year research assistantships for McNair Scholars who are entering a PhD program. UF provides a stipend ($17,000) for in-state tuition and fees and health insurance for up to three years. This fellowship program assists students who have successfully completed the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program as undergraduates. It is open to all McNair Scholars in good standing.

The student will be appointed and perform research assistant duties under faculty supervision. Since this program is intended to increase enrollment in PhD programs, currently enrolled doctoral students are not eligible.

DEADLINE: April 15

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UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project (Minority Program)

The UF/SF Development Project is a partnership between the University of Florida and Santa Fe College (also in Gainesville) that aims to increase faculty diversity at SF while providing minority and underrepresented doctoral students at UF with valuable teaching experience. Participants teach three courses per year at SF and assist in its recruitment and retention of minority and underrepresented students. This program pays tuition, fees and a stipend, an award that may be funded for a maximum of four years. Participants must be US citizens who have a master’s degree in an approved field.


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Non-UF-Sponsored Scholarships & Programs

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Tourism Cares Academic Scholarship

Tourism Cares awards up to 57 Academic Scholarships annually ranging from $1,000 from $5,000, for a total of more than $70,000. The Academic Scholarships benefit undergraduate or graduate level students of travel, tourism or hospitality related programs of study at accredited schools within the United States and Canada.

  • 57 awards: $1,000 – $5,000
  • DEADLINE: April 1

Florida Facility Managers Association (FFMA) Scholarships

The FFMA Executive Committee has developed the scholarship program to provide students who are interested in the public assembly facility management (convention center/venue management) profession an opportunity to learn more about the career in the industry, as well as a chance to network with practitioners in the field to learn of internships and entry-level positions, and also to nurture and grow future leaders in our industry.

  • 4 awards: $500
  • DEADLINES: April 20 & September 20

Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

Since 1995, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) has awarded scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student members. The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of AAHPERD to honor deserving students, is awarded to two graduate students in January of each year. All scholarships are presented at the AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition held in the spring. Along with the scholarship, recipients also receive a complimentary three-year AAHPERD membership.

  • 2 awards: $1,750
  • DEADLINE: October 15

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997 with a charitable trust of fifty million dollars. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to “give back” to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country.

  • 30 awards: up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees
  • DEADLINE: November 8

George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship (Minority Program)

The George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship encourages minority students from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to participate in the Society’s biennial conferences and enhance their interest in the conservation and preservation of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites throughout the world. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage greater ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity among the park professions. The GWS seeks to encourage scholarship winners to pursue a profession in fields directly related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites by giving them the opportunity to participate in a professional conference in all its dimensions, whether by taking part in sessions or networking with peers. The presentation of a paper or poster at the conference is encouraged, but not required.

  • Awards: $1,000 travel stipend, registration fee waiver, and a one-year complimentary membership in the George Wright Society
  • DEADLINE: December 1

George Wright Society’s “Park Break”

Park Break is an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar for graduate students who are thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education. Park Break puts you in a national park unit for up to a week’s worth of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations.

University Women’s Club Scholarships

The University Women’s Club is an organization comprised of faculty and staff and wives of faculty and staff of the University of Florida, and of women who actively support the mission and goals of the Club. Each spring, the University Women’s Club awards $1,000 scholarships to deserving students in honor of the wives of past presidents of the University of Florida as well as wives of distinguished campus leaders. Each of these ladies has served the University during her husband’s career at the University of Florida, and their service is being recognized by the University Women’s Club through the Scholarship Awards.

  • Awards: $1,000
  • DEADLINE: February 28