Awards and Grants

The Division of Academic Engagement (DAE) offers awards and grant opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

President's Award for Leadership in Diversity

The President's Award for Leadership in Diversity is an annual award that recognizes and rewards a UWF student, a UWF faculty member, and a UWF staff member who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity through their deeds and actions.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following:

  • Demonstrated leadership and/or evidence of extensive, sustained participation in integrating issues of multiculturalism, diversity or cross-cultural differences in teaching, university service or community service activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or evidence of personal engagement in the dissemination of information, or the implementation of events or activities that seek to enhance cross-cultural understanding and inclusion of people from under-represented groups in terms of ethnicity, race, gender and/or socioeconomic status.
UWF Students

All full-time degree-seeking students who are classified as a junior or above and in good academic standing at the time of application are eligible. Students who are permanent full-time or part-time university employees are ineligible for the student award.

The student awards will be presented during Honors Convocation.

UWF Faculty and Staff

All permanent full-time faculty and staff members with at least five (5) years of continuous employment are eligible. You must have satisfactory or above performance, based on annual performance evaluations. Employees working for the Office of Equity & Diversity, recipients of the award within the past five (5) years, and members serving on the Committee are ineligible.

  • The faculty awards will be presented during Honors Convocation.
  • The staff award will be presented during the Professional Excellence Awards Ceremony.
  • Three (3) letters of endorsement or recommendation, at least one from the applicant's supervisor or, if a student, one (1) of the student's professors.
  • Specific evidence of leadership in diversity relevant to the two areas identified in the criteria.
  • Examples should be limited to the past five (5) years.The applicant's statement of how diversity can enhance the university's mission.

President's Award Nomination Form

Multicultural/Diversity Training Grant

The Multicultural/Diversity Training offers the opportunity for full-time UWF faculty and staff to apply for the multicultural/diversity training assistance each spring semester. Employees who work in the Office of Equity & Diversity are not eligible to apply for travel assistance.

  • Travel monies are set at $1,000 per faculty/staff selected to receive travel funding. If faculty/staff selected to receive travel funding and conference cost is less than $1,000, faculty/staff would only receive exact total cost of conference.
  • Recipients of this award are required to to give a 1-hour to 1 1/2 hour workshop to the campus community the following spring semester. Recipients workshops will be advertised via @UWF and participants will sign up through the Human Resources Training Reservation Desk.

Training Grant Form

MAGIC: Making a Good Impression Count

In the Division of Academic Engagement, we want do our best to make sure that our faculty and staff treat members of our community with respect and that we are helpful. Please help DAE acknowledge employees who are representing us well, by telling us more about the "MAGIC" that you've experienced in working with individuals in DAE.‌

MAGIC Award Nomination Form

DAE Outstanding Student Award


  • Nominees must be full-time, first year students
  • Nominees must have demonstrated excellence in academics and/or co-curricular activities.

Recipients will be awarded at the annual Honors Convocation.

Outstanding Student Award Form

Equity & Diversity Awards

The Equity & Diversity Awards and Recognition Ceremony is an annual event where we celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and members of our community who make inclusive excellence a reality in the work they do each day.

Equity & Diversity Awards