Scholarships

About the DC Gator Club Scholarships:

The DC Gator Club awards scholarships to eligible University of Florida (UF) students throughout the year. There are two types of scholarships offered:

(1) The J. Richard Sewell Intern Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by a combination of DC Gator Club general funds and a generous endowment established by the DC Gator Club many years ago to support students participating in internships in Washington DC, in honor of J. Richard Sewell, a former DC Gator Club president. This fund is held and maintained by the University of Florida Foundation in Gainesville, FL.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are spending the semester in the Washington, D.C. area are welcome to apply. Preference is given to those with unpaid internships and who demonstrate some type of financial need. A scholarship will be awarded to top students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, community involvement,  professional promise and a strong commitment to the Gator Nation. To apply, click on the APPLY NOW button below, and submit an unofficial transcript to scholarships@dcgators.com.

Application deadline: October 1st, 2017


(2) The DC Hometown Scholarship

Offered once per year to eligible graduating high school students from the D.C. area who have been accepted and confirmed to attend UF. Student must reside in the capital region to qualify and be a confirmed future student at the university.

Application Dates:  Reach out to president@dcgators.com for more information on annual application deadlines.


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The Scholarship Review Committee – This Committee is comprised of a variety of UF alumni living in the capital region who have signed up with the club to review and score scholarship applications based on numerous criteria.

The alumni serving on this Committee play an important role in the fair evaluation of all student scholarship applications.

Scholarship Funds – Using proceeds from game watch parties, member donations and Virginia Gold Cup, the DC Gator Club provides scholarships to eligible, in-need current UF students who are interning here in Washington, D.C. different parts of the year with a focus on summer.

 

 


CLUB Scholarship Recipients


ELIANA FRENCH Eliana is starting her 3rd year at the University of Florida as a Telecommunications major with a minor in Anthropology. Throughout the school year, Eliana can be found working with the crew for TEDxUF, giving tours for the Honors Program or writing in her journal on campus.  Learn More →

ELIANA FRENCH

Eliana is starting her 3rd year at the University of Florida as a Telecommunications major with a minor in Anthropology. Throughout the school year, Eliana can be found working with the crew for TEDxUF, giving tours for the Honors Program or writing in her journal on campus. 

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MICHAEL BENNETT Michael was born in Spring Hill, Florida, and currently is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. His experiences at UF led him down a path where he has become more attentive to politics and civic engagement. He can think of no better place to hone his passion for history and politics than the National Archives, where he is interning this summer. Learn More →

MICHAEL BENNETT

Michael was born in Spring Hill, Florida, and currently is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. His experiences at UF led him down a path where he has become more attentive to politics and civic engagement. He can think of no better place to hone his passion for history and politics than the National Archives, where he is interning this summer.

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Bianca Nachmani Sophomore, Political Science Internship: Office of Congresswoman Kathy Castor Bianca Nachmani is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a Minor in Hebrew. She is completing an internship in the Office of Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida where she will conduct legislative research, assist with correspondence, as well as attend Congressional briefings, hearings, and press events, among other activities. Bianca is highly active on campus and serves as a member of Florida Cicerones, the UF Panhellenic Council, Chomp the Vote, and co-founded the Israeli American Council, Mishelau. She aspires to attend law school in the Washington, D.C. area after graduating from UF and eventually work in the intersection of the law and human and civil rights.

Bianca Nachmani

Sophomore, Political Science

Internship: Office of Congresswoman Kathy Castor

Bianca Nachmani is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a Minor in Hebrew. She is completing an internship in the Office of Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida where she will conduct legislative research, assist with correspondence, as well as attend Congressional briefings, hearings, and press events, among other activities. Bianca is highly active on campus and serves as a member of Florida Cicerones, the UF Panhellenic Council, Chomp the Vote, and co-founded the Israeli American Council, Mishelau. She aspires to attend law school in the Washington, D.C. area after graduating from UF and eventually work in the intersection of the law and human and civil rights.

Kendra Blandon Freshman, Latin American Studies and Religion Internship: Witness for Peace Kendra Blandon is a freshman majoring in Latin American Studies and Religion and completing an internship at Witness for Peace, a nonprofit grassroots organization supporting peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas. As an intern at Witness for Peace, she will track legislation, write current event analyses and newsletters, communicate with members of Congress, and represent the organization in coalition meetings. Kendra is a committed Gator as demonstrated by her involvement in multiple campus organizations including Hispanic Heritage Month, Blue Key Speech and Debate, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Gator Model United Nations, and the Florida Political Review. She is passionate about civil justice and economic reform and plans to attend law school to practice international law.

Kendra Blandon

Freshman, Latin American Studies and Religion

Internship: Witness for Peace

Kendra Blandon is a freshman majoring in Latin American Studies and Religion and completing an internship at Witness for Peace, a nonprofit grassroots organization supporting peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas. As an intern at Witness for Peace, she will track legislation, write current event analyses and newsletters, communicate with members of Congress, and represent the organization in coalition meetings. Kendra is a committed Gator as demonstrated by her involvement in multiple campus organizations including Hispanic Heritage Month, Blue Key Speech and Debate, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Gator Model United Nations, and the Florida Political Review. She is passionate about civil justice and economic reform and plans to attend law school to practice international law.

Melisa Muriel Graduate Student, Law Internship: Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition Melisa Muriel is a graduate student at the UF Levin College of Law and is interning with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition this summer. At CAIR, she will work in the Detained Children’s program to assist unaccompanied immigrant children with seeking special immigrant juvenile status or other humanitarian visas. Melisa’s dedication to the cause of advancing the Gator good is clearly evidenced by her involvement in multiple campus activities including the UF Law Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic, the Immigration Law Association, the UF Law College Counsel, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and the UF Latino Law Student Association Mentor Program.  She is looking forward to becoming familiar with the D.C. area and use her time here to network with the local legal community. Ultimately, Melisa would like to work on immigration impact litigation and advocate for immigration policy changes.

Melisa Muriel

Graduate Student, Law

Internship: Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition

Melisa Muriel is a graduate student at the UF Levin College of Law and is interning with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition this summer. At CAIR, she will work in the Detained Children’s program to assist unaccompanied immigrant children with seeking special immigrant juvenile status or other humanitarian visas. Melisa’s dedication to the cause of advancing the Gator good is clearly evidenced by her involvement in multiple campus activities including the UF Law Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic, the Immigration Law Association, the UF Law College Counsel, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and the UF Latino Law Student Association Mentor Program.  She is looking forward to becoming familiar with the D.C. area and use her time here to network with the local legal community. Ultimately, Melisa would like to work on immigration impact litigation and advocate for immigration policy changes.

EMILY HEIM Emily is an incoming 2L at UF law and is hoping to practice Intellectual Property and Patent law after graduation. This summer she is interning at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  She graduated with a B.S. in chemistry with a physics minor from Virginia Tech in 2013. Learn More →

EMILY HEIM

Emily is an incoming 2L at UF law and is hoping to practice Intellectual Property and Patent law after graduation. This summer she is interning at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  She graduated with a B.S. in chemistry with a physics minor from Virginia Tech in 2013.

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jACK stephens Jack is a junior at the University of Florida who grew up always encouraged and interested by service. Given his interest to use policy to improve other people’s lives, he decided to study Political Science and History at UF. He currently participates in UF’s Model United Nation’s program, and is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Learn More →

jACK stephens

Jack is a junior at the University of Florida who grew up always encouraged and interested by service. Given his interest to use policy to improve other people’s lives, he decided to study Political Science and History at UF. He currently participates in UF’s Model United Nation’s program, and is a student fellow at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

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Turner Street Sophomore, Journalism and History Internship: The Washington Redskins Street Turner is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and History and interning with the Washington Redskins. In the media services division, Street will oversee the compilation and distribution of daily news clips, write and edit material for the team’s annual media guide, and aid in numerous other communications activities in support of the team. With interests in sports, history and government, he is excited about the opportunity to work for a pro football team in the nation’s capital. Back in Gainesville, Street manages all communications for the Gator men’s golf team, volunteers with the UF Honors Ambassadors, and is the Director of Outreach for Chomp the Vote.  After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career with a major sporting organization.

Turner Street

Sophomore, Journalism and History

Internship: The Washington Redskins

Street Turner is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and History and interning with the Washington Redskins. In the media services division, Street will oversee the compilation and distribution of daily news clips, write and edit material for the team’s annual media guide, and aid in numerous other communications activities in support of the team. With interests in sports, history and government, he is excited about the opportunity to work for a pro football team in the nation’s capital. Back in Gainesville, Street manages all communications for the Gator men’s golf team, volunteers with the UF Honors Ambassadors, and is the Director of Outreach for Chomp the Vote.  After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career with a major sporting organization.

JASMINE HADDAWAY Junior, International and Women’s Studies Internship: Jasmine is originally from Orlando, FL, and is passionate about using gender equality and human rights advancement as means to propel international development. She helps nonprofits and other local partners build relationships with the community to create social change. On campus, she works to create an inclusive campus environment for all students through her roles as a Resident Assistant, Florida Cicerone, TEDxUF Conference Director, and Student Government Senator. However, one of her most impactful involvement opportunities was successfully lobbying at the Florida State Capitol for $14.1 million dollars of funding for UF’s nationally-ranked College of Education.

JASMINE HADDAWAY

Junior, International and Women’s Studies

Internship:

Jasmine is originally from Orlando, FL, and is passionate about using gender equality and human rights advancement as means to propel international development. She helps nonprofits and other local partners build relationships with the community to create social change. On campus, she works to create an inclusive campus environment for all students through her roles as a Resident Assistant, Florida Cicerone, TEDxUF Conference Director, and Student Government Senator. However, one of her most impactful involvement opportunities was successfully lobbying at the Florida State Capitol for $14.1 million dollars of funding for UF’s nationally-ranked College of Education.


For more information on DC Gator Scholarships, please contact president@dcgators.com.