Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship Application
The Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship was created by the Student Health Care Center in memory of University of Florida engineering student Gareth Kerr. Kerr made significant contributions to the SHCC, giving quietly and unselfishly of his time, energy and vision to ensure that quality health services were accessible to all UF students. Prior to his passing in April 2006, Kerr served on the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and was also an active member of both the Student Health Outreach Team (SHOT) and the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC).
APPLICATION OPENS: January 2017
DEADLINE: March 17, 2017, 4:30pm
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $500, plus official plaque
The annual Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship is bestowed upon one student who has demonstrated interest, commitment and passion for the health and well-being of fellow students and/or the community at large, and recognizes students that consistently support campus and community health programs and/or work diligently to promote an issue or cause related to health and wellness.
Nominations may only be made by UF faculty, staff or students. The nominator should submit the following form with letter of recommendation (plain text only) with supporting comments regarding the nominee’s special contribution(s). All nominations are reviewed by a subcommittee of the UF Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and the award recipient announced at SHAB’s April meeting.
The Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship is open to students who meet the following criteria. Nominees should embody a rare display of passion for health, outstanding service to the campus or community and a quiet, selfless commitment to “doing” for others.
- Currently enrolled at UF as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
- In good standing with the university, with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Has not previously received this award.
- Demonstrates a special commitment to a health-related cause and/or made a significant contribution that benefits students and/or the community at large in a health-related area.
Please contact Lica Gilley at (352) 294-7439 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2016 Award Ceremony
Drive and determination are her trademarks, but her kindness and humility are what made winner Brittany Schambow stand out in a sea of qualified candidates for the 2016 Gareth Kerr Memorial Scholarship from the UF Student Health Care Center.
Now in its tenth year, the April 11 award celebration was particularly emotional for the attending family of Gareth Kerr, for whom the scholarship was named. A UF engineering student, Gareth also made significant contributions to the center, ensuring that quality health services were accessible to all UF students by serving on the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB), Student Health Outreach Team (SHOT) and Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC).
Previous scholarship recipients have gone on to work for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and worked toward specialties in areas as varied as psychiatry and neurology. “Without Gareth, we would not have the amazing applicants and award recipients that we continue to get year after year,” said Dr. Guy Nicolette, CAQSM, director of the center.