To promote the internationalization process of the University of Florida, UFIC has established the following scholarships and awards for international students:
Alec Courtelis Award
Louise Courtelis co-founded Town and Country Farms in McIntosh, which became the largest Arabian horse-racing facility in the United States. She has taught at Notre Dame Academy for Girls and Coral Gables High School. Courtelis has served as director of the Arabian Racing Publishing Company, Hospice of North Central Florida, the United Way and James Madison Institute. She graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelors degree in education. Louise Courtelis has been a volunteer and fundraiser for a variety of causes. She served as a member of the University of Florida Board of Trustees and is a major supporter of the University of Florida. In 1996, Louise Courtelis established the Alec Courtelis Award in honor of her late husband, a well-known financier and former Chairman of the Board of Regents.
Students are nominated by the colleges and departments based on academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the university community. A wall plaque inscribed with the names of the award recipients is located in the University of Florida International Center in the Hub. To make a contribution to this award, please click here.
Diane Fisher Award
UFIC has established two scholarships to be given to two undergraduate international students for outstanding service. This scholarship is given in honor of Diane Fisher who passed away in October 2003. Diane Fisher, an Admissions Document Specialist was an employee of UF for 15 years. She worked closely with departments and students to ensure proper and timely processing of student documents. She was an individual who always gave more than was required of her.
UFIC International Student Emergency Hardship Scholarship
The UFIC has established a scholarship for international students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties that are beyond their control.
The Scarborough agency established this award to show appreciation for the opportunity to work with international students at the University of Florida.
Scarborough-Maud Fraser Scholarship
The Scarborough agency established this award to show appreciation for the outstanding service provided by the International Student Services Staff. The Award will be given in Honor of Mrs. Maud Fraser, who provided outstanding service to international students for 13 years. Mrs. Fraser retired June 30, 2010.
Marilyn Little Scholarship
The International Committee of Altrusa International of Gainesville annually offers the Marilyn Little Scholarship to International students in their fourth year of undergraduate studies or in graduate school studies with a major of particular need in their home country. Marilyn Little was an active member of Altrusa International of Gainesville and specifically the International Committee. She died in 1996. Marilyn provided financial assistance for a Russian teenager in 1994 who needed medical attention and was brought to Gainesville for treatment. She was very interested in helping international students in any way possible. After her death, Altrusa decided to name a scholarship in her honor.