dr saunders with scholarship recipients in building 4

UWF Top Scholars

We see bright minds with brilliant futures.

And we’re here to set them on the best path. The University of West Florida attracts high-performing students from across the country – those with potential to become future leaders who will change the world. We’re proud to call them Argos, and we show it by rewarding their hard work with our most prestigious scholarships.

In Fall 2017, we awarded nine students with scholarships valued at more than $50,000 each. We believe in the power of higher education to change lives – and this is one way we’re making it happen.

"We are delighted that these high-performing students chose the University of West Florida. UWF has nationally competitive academic programs that give our students the opportunity to challenge themselves while preparing for their careers or for graduate school. Our focus on high-impact learning for our students is one of the things that sets us apart."

UWF President Dr. Martha Saunders

National Merit Finalists

These students were among 1,500 students across the country to meet the requirements for Finalist standing, out of more than 1.6 million juniors in who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Portrait of Diana Hanks

Diana Hanks

Hometown: Pace, Florida
Major: Mechanical Engineering

“The National Merit Scholarship will help me pursue my degree because it helps me afford an education without going into debt. I plan to pursue a doctorate degree to become an aerospace engineer, and having my undergraduate paid for by this scholarship makes it easier for me to continue my education.”

Hannah Funk

Hannah Funk

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Major: Pre-Nursing

“This scholarship will open so many doors for me. I plan to apply for the University’s nursing school next fall, and eventually attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, putting me in a position where I am able to help people and make a difference in their lives. Since I received this scholarship, I am so excited for my college experience.”

Cara Womacks

Cara Womacks

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Marine Biology

“I wouldn’t be able to afford my education without the National Merit Scholarship. It gave me the financial security to move to Florida from Missouri and allowed me to pursue my dream of studying marine biology.”


President’s Scholarship Competition Recipients

UWF hosts an annual, one-day competition where the best and brightest students from across the state vie for the institution’s top scholarships. We believe in rewarding our own talented students of today and providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders, guiding our state into the future.

Pace Presidential Award Recipients

Michaela Folkins
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Major: Social Work

William Philips
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Major: Biomedical Science

Leah Thornton
Hometown: Milton, Florida
Major: Graphic Design

John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholar Awards

Sophia Giddens
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Major: Psychology

Aleigh Rowe
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Major: Marine Biology

Cameron Wakeland
Hometown: Crestview, Florida
Major: Environmental Management

For more information about UWF Awards and Scholarships, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.