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Scholarship and Financial Resources

The Professional Development Scholarship offers financial assistance to support the career goals of UWF students. The deadline to apply is May 24, 2024.


Financial assistance is only available to currently enrolled, degree-seeking UWF students. If you receive financial assistance through the Professional Development Scholarship, it will be considered estimated financial assistance (EFA) as part of your Financial Aid package. You may only receive one award per academic year from the Argos Suit Up or Professional Development Fund.

Applicants can request financial assistance for any of the following:
  • For the purchase of professional attire
  • For travel funds to attend an interview or present at a HIP-related conference
  • For funds to offset the cost of enrolling/participating in a high-impact practice such as a co-op, internship, research, or other experiential learning activity
  • For the cost of supplies that may be needed for research posters and other deliverables
  • For funds to offset childcare costs associated with the activities above 

How to Apply for a Professional Development Scholarship

Current degree-seeking students can apply for financial assistance by submitting a short video discussing how they will be positively impacted by receiving financial assistance for professional attire, professional development, or other career-related expenses. Please follow the instructions below to submit your application for financial assistance.

Note: In order to access Big Interview, you will need access to your UWF student email account and a computer with webcam and microphone.

  1. Visit MyUWF and search for Big Interview (click the link).
  2. In Big Interview, click the "Interviews" tab (in your top navigation bar).
  3. Select "Interview Assignments" (from the left side of the drop-down menu).
  4. Enter the assignment code 22d963 in the code field. Select "Go".
  5. Record your responses by selecting “Start recording”.
  6. Select “Stop recording” when you are done. A green check mark indicates your response has been successfully saved.
  7. Select “Re-record” if you aren’t satisfied with your response. This will overwrite your existing recording.
  8. When you finish recording all responses, select “Submit Assignment”.
  9. If you do not have access to Big Interview, please refer to the Alternate Application Instructions section to complete your application.

Steps for Alternate Submission Instructions

If you are unable to complete the recorded interview portion using Big Interview, please use these alternate submission instructions.

Please submit a typed document that discusses the following:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Please discuss how receiving financial assistance for professional wear will assist you in meeting your future career goals.
  • Please submit the typed document for the Financial Assistance Application to Tim Moore.

Other Resources

Argo Suit Up

Annual Spring Event. Learn more!

Student holding suit items

Each Spring, the University of West Florida partners with JCPenney to participate in the Argos Suit Up! program, a national initiative designed to assist students in building a professional wardrobe for job/graduate school interviews and future employment. This event allows UWF students and alumni to shop for professional attire at JCPenney at a discounted rate, which will be available to students and alumni on event night.

For questions, please contact our office at or 850.474.2254.