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UF Alliance

Update 9/18/2012

Several changes are underway with the University of Florida Alliance that will impact the way prospective and current students interact with UF.  Most activities of the UF Alliance, which has been based in the College of Education, are being consolidated within other student support offices at UF; other activities will be discontinued or replaced with similar existing student support activities.

Most importantly, as part of our continuing commitment to the six UF Alliance partner high schools, UF will continue to provide five (5) Alliance Scholarships per school to incoming freshman students for each of the next three years (through the graduating class of 2015). Scholarship recipients will be selected using the same holistic and academic criteria as before and will be selected by a committee composed of representatives from the university, including faculty and/or staff from the College of Education and the Division of Student Affairs. The scholarships will remain the same amount: $3125 per year for four years ($12,500 total) as long as the students continue to meet renewal criteria. Upon your request, we will prepare scholarship award certificates for presentation at the school’s awards night, graduation, or other event that honors student accomplishments. The contact person for Alliance Scholarships is Rebecca Johnson, Assistant Director of Admissions, 352-392-1365 or rsjohnson@ufl.edu.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (http://www.ufsa.ufl.edu/) provides outreach and support to Alliance Scholars. Support includes peer mentoring, success workshops, and academic counseling. A graduate assistant as well as professional staff members will be available to assist students. Additionally, the Alliance Ambassadors, undergraduate UF students who attended Alliance partner high schools, will remain a vital part of the program because of their contribution to building a strong community of Alliance Scholars at UF. The contact person for current UF students holding Alliance Scholarships is Leslie Pendleton, Director of the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, 352-392-1265 or lesliep@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Introducing high school students to UF remains an important goal for the university. The UF Office of Admissions will continue to offer outreach and college planning support to school counselors, students and families. UF Admissions sponsored events allow prospective students to connect to admissions counselors, professors, current students and alumni, all who provide the UF experience in academics, service-leadership and student life. Although we will no longer offer programs such as the 9th Grade Overnight Campus Visits or Summer Career Explorations programs, high school students are welcome to participate in other UF programs that connect prospective students and their families to UF. More information about Admissions Outreach and PreCollege Planning programs can be found by contacting Ms. Dacia Bowra, Associate Director of Admissions, Outreach Programs at 352-392-1365 or dbowra@admissions.ufl.edu or visiting www.admissions.ufl.edu.

In addition to the contact information listed above, information can be obtained by contacting the Office of the Dean, College of Education, 352-392-0726.