Envisioned as part of the waterfront Community Maritime Park project in historic Pensacola, the Vice Admiral John H. Fetterman State of Florida Maritime Museum and Research Center will serve as a signature and research facility for the State of Florida.
In this 50,000 square foot museum, topical displays will engage visitors for all ages in understanding how discoveries, events and commerce shaped our understanding of history and helped define the development of Florida. Visitors will learn, often through hands-on experiences, about underwater shipwrecks, maritime navigation, shipping, railroads, the timber industry and naval history.
The Maritime Museum will also house maritime-related research facilities in areas such as public history, underwater archaeology, marine biology and environmental science. The design of the facility will enable visitors to observe and participate in aspects of this research. (learn more).
The ARGO Scholars Program is a partnership between UWF and Pensacola High School. The program will provide opportunities for motivated Pensacola High School students who have significant financial or other barriers, to succeed through scholarship support, mentoring, leadership development and broadening cultural experiences.
The program began in the fall of 2006 and the first four 10th grade Pensacola High School students were selected in the summer of 2007. Ultimately, 12 students at Pensacola High School will enroll in the program on an annual basis. When the program is fully funded, ARGO Scholars who choose to attend UWF will receive financial support for tuition, room, board, book expenses and a study-abroad experience. As Argo Scholars, these high school students will have access to UWF services such as the Writing Lab and the UWF Learning Center. Once at UWF, ARGO Scholars will support the program by serving as mentors for younger Argo Scholars still at Pensacola High School.
Pensacola High School was identified by the federal government as a Title One school, because it serves students from some of the most financially and personally challenging environments in Escambia County, Fla. The student body is 57 percent minority and also includes more than 400 students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program. In 2005, the school was ranked by Newsweek as eighth in the national for offering challenging courses at the high school level.
The ultimate goal is to build a $1 million endowment fund to provide scholars with financial support as well as a study-abroad experience. Of that goal, $333,000 has been raised so far from private gifts, including $100,000 from the Bank of America. Contributions to the ARGO Scholars Program are eligible to receive a 50 percent match by the State of Florida. To learn more about this program or to make a gift, please contact Martha Lee Blodgett, director of development, at (850) 474-2717 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifts may also be made online at uwf.edu.
UWF is seeking support for a $1 million dollar endowment fund that will sustain the ARGO Scholars program in perpetuity.
UWF students from Okaloosa County will benefit from new and additional opportunities through the Combs School UWF/Okaloosa County School District (OCSD) partnership. This unique agreement includes UWF’s commitment to provide $50,000 in scholarships each year for the next ten years. According to the Okaloosa County School District, only 50% of their graduates make a decision to work towards an advanced degree.
Through the Combs Scholarship Fund, UWF and the OCSD hope to increase the percentage of students making the decision to pursue a higher education degree. Scholarship preference will be given to graduates of the CHOICE institutes. CHOICE is an innovative, award-winning program that allows students to earn high school credit, college credit and professional industry certification, all at the same time and at no cost to the student. UWF is the higher education partner for the following institutes:
Our goal is to raise $100,000 by June 30, 2006 and $500,000 by 2010.