Scholarship Information

The Kugelman Honors Program offers scholarships for returning and incoming first year Honors students. The program also awards the John C. Pace, Jr. Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship at the University of West Florida.

Please click the categories below for more information about the various types of scholarships available to students in the Kugelman Honors Program.

Students who will attend UWF beginning Fall 2017 and are interested in competing for the John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholarship will do so during the President's Scholarship Competition. Please be aware that you must apply to the Kugelman Honors Program prior to your competition date to be considered for the John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholarship.  

John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholarship

About the Pace Honors Scholarship

The John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholarship is the University of West Florida's most prestigious academic award for incoming students. Each year since 1994, the University has bestowed Pace Scholarships on many of the best and most accomplished young scholars in the region. These awards are made possible by the generous endowment given to the University by Dr. John C. Pace, Jr. a longtime supporter of the University.

In conjunction with Florida Bright Futures, the Pace Honors Scholarship award includes tuition, a room in Pace Hall, and a meal plan. The scholarship also provides a $600 stipend per semester for book expenses.  

The awards are renewable for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of continuous enrollment at UWF. In addition, Pace Honors Scholars also receive funding for an off-campus educational experience. That experience will satisfy one of the Kugelman Honors Programs course requirements.

Conditions of the Award:

  • To be eligible for renewal, Pace Honors Scholars must enrolled as a full time student and be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. 
  • Recipients must reside on campus for the duration of their education at UWF. 
  • Recipients must apply and be accepted into the UWF Honors Program. 
  • Recipients must participate in the off-campus educational experience.


Who is Eligible?

Freshman applicants who are Florida residents in the top of their high school class are eligible to compete in the annual President's Scholarship Competition. The competition is by invitation only. Once a student has applied and is offered admission to UWF, if they also meet the Kugelman Honors Program requirements, they are automatically considered to be invited to compete for the Pace Honors Scholarship.

  Eligibility requirements:

  • Students competing for the award must be graduating from a Florida high school and admitted to UWF for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Students competing for the Fall 2017 Pace Honors Scholarship must apply to the Kugelman Honors Program prior to their Competition date to be considered for the Pace Honors Scholarship.
Honors Scholarships for First-Year Students

Aside from the John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholarship, the Kugelman Honors Program awards a limited number of scholarships to new Honors students in their first year at UWF. For more information about these awards, please send inquiries to

Honors Scholarships for Returning Students

About Scholarships for Students in their Second Year and Beyond

The Kugelman Honors Program awards both need-based and merit-based scholarships to Honors students in their second year in the program and beyond. For scholarships based on financial need, please be aware that need is determined by UWF's Financial Aid office.

Most scholarships require that you are a full time student (12 credit hours minimum) in good standing in the Honors program. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 to remain in good standing. 

We require returning students to complete the Kugelman Honors Program Scholarship application to be considered for these awards. Returning students apply for these awards each spring for the following summer and academic year. For Summer 2017 and Fall 2017-Spring 2018 academic year awards, students will apply in Spring 2017.

The Application Deadline for Summer 2017-Spring 2018 Honors Scholarships has passed.

Honors Scholarship Award Categories

Please specify the type(s) of scholarships you are applying for and complete the essay required for each category of award. Students may apply for more than one type of award. Each essay response should be 500-750 words.

  • Leadership: How have you demonstrated leadership at UWF and in the Kugelman Honors Program?  
  • Service: How have you demonstrated leadership through service? Please describe the impact of your service to the UWF community and/or Pensacola community. 
  • Study Abroad: Where do you plan to travel? What do you expect to gain from your study abroad experience? (Students participating in an Honors Summer Seminar will be automatically considered; you do not need to apply)
  • Summer: Summer need-based awards do not require an essay.
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