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LEAD Scholars

Each semester, various esteemed organizations make various scholarship and recognition opportunities available exclusively to LEAD Scholars. Please note that LEAD Scholars who receive a scholarship from the program during a specific semester may not be awarded an additional scholarship during the same semester from the list below (the Business and Rotary Scholarships are not awarded by LEAD Scholars so these scholarships may be awarded in addition to LEAD Scholars Academy scholarships).

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NOTE: LEAD Scholars who receive a scholarship from the program during a specific semester may not be awarded an additional scholarship during the same semester from the list below (the Business and Rotary Scholarships are not awarded by LEAD Scholars so these scholarships may be awarded in addition to LEAD Scholars Academy scholarships).


University Club of Winter Park Scholarship

University Club of Winter Park Scholarship

Not Available in 2017

The University Club of Winter Park Scholarship was created in 2015 for eligible first or second year LEAD Scholars Academy students (1st through 4th years) to be used for tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses. The scholarship will be a $3,835 award in the fall. The recipient must have financial need and a 3.0 or higher GPA. A selected number of applicants will be asked to interview for the scholarship in front of the selection committee.

Please attach:

  • A one page personal statement/essay discussing your personal contributions towards civic engagement and/or leadership
  • A current resume including your leadership and community involvement.
  • One letter of recommendation that address your community service and/or leadership experience. Please choose faculty members, professional staff members, or non-profit organization leaders.

University Club of Orlando Scholarship

University Club of Orlando Scholarship

Deadline: 02/10/2017

This $2800 scholarship is given to a first-year LEAD Scholar in the spring and is renewable for a second year. Students must be a permanent resident of Orange, Seminole, Volusia, or Osceola County.

(eligible award receipients are notified individually)


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Bill and Ksenia Merck Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: 02/24/2017

The Bill and Ksenia Merck Endowed Scholarship was created in 2000 for eligible first-year LEAD Scholars to be used for tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses. The scholarship is a one-time award of $1000.

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

  • Have or maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative UCF GPA to be eligible.
  • Be a full-time 1st year student enrolled in the LEAD Scholars Academy.
  • Be in good standing with the LEAD Scholars Academy.
  • Submit a completed application.

Please attach:

  • A one page personal statement/essay discussing the following:
    • Your personal contributions at UCF toward one or more of the five goals for UCF. Please list specific actions or activities which you have initiated have been involved in and the specific UCF goal to which they contribute. The 5 goals for UCF can be found here.
    • A personal leadership experience and how it has affected your views on leadership.
  • A current resume including your leadership and community involvement.
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your community service and/or leadership experience. Please choose faculty members, professional staff members, or non-profit organization leaders.

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Mary G. Hitt Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: 03/10/2017

(1 non-renewable award for $750 for 1 student)

A one page personal statement/essay discussing:

  • Your personal contributions at UCF toward one or more of the five goals for UCF. Please list specific actions or activities which you have initiated or in which you have been involved and the goal to which they contribute. The 5 goals for UCF can be found here.

  • A personal leadership experience and how it has affected your views on leadership.

A current resume.

Two letters of recommendation which address your community service experience and your commitment to community involvement


The Freddy Armfield Curley Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Not Available in 2017

The Freddy Armfield Curley Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created in 2015 for eligible first or second year LEAD Scholars Academy Academic Program students to be used for tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses. The scholarship will be a $400 award in the fall. We will also offer a $400 award in the spring. We will have a separate application for the spring award.

Please attach:

  • A one page personal statement/essay discussing your personal contributions towards civic engagement.
  • A current resume including your leadership and community involvement.
  • One letter of recommendation that address your community service and/or leadership experience. Please choose faculty members, professional staff members, or non-profit organization leaders.

Henry Landwirth

Henry Landwirth Award and Scholarship

Deadline: 03/31/2017


Purpose & History

The scholarship is a one-time award of $175 and the receipient will also be given a statue.

Henri Landwirth is one of Orlando and the nation's most distinguished individuals. One of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, Landwirth was separated from his family while still a boy. He lost his father and mother and survived five years in the concentration camps before finding freedom. After the war, with the help of relatives who loaned him passage, Henri made his way to the United States. Within three months of his arrival in New York, he was surprised to find himself drafted to fight in Korea.

When he was released, Henri studied hotel management under the GI Bill. He worked as a bellhop, a desk clerk, and a night manager before being offered a chance to manage a hotel in a little place called Cape Canaveral. The Starlight Motel, as it was known, was the first hotel at the Cape. It was soon to become famous as the "home away from home' for the Mercury 7 astronauts.

As he became increasingly successful, Henri sought ways to give back, creating the Fanny Landwirth Foundation for seniors, helping establish the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for promising students, and founding Give Kids the World for terminally ill children.

Over 40,000 terminally ill children from around the world have visited Give Kids the World since it was created. These children and their families stay at the 56-acre resort Henri Landwirth created for them, dine in a Gingerbread house, and play in the Castle of Miracles. They visit Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld, and all the other major area attractions during a six-day vacation, thanks to Henri Landwirth, Give Kids the World, and their corporate sponsors.

The Recipient

The LEAD Scholar student who best exemplifies the values stated above and demonstrated by Henri Landwirth will be selected annually for the Heart of UCF Award. The recipient will receive a bronze sculpture created by nationally known sculptor, Frank Eliscu, designer of the Heisman Trophy, the Oval Office's Presidential Eagle, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Criteria

Please attach:

  • A one page personal statement/essay discussing your personal community service experience and how it has affected your views on leadership.

  • Two letters of recommendation which address your community service experience and your commitment to community involvement.

  • A current resume.

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative UCF GPA.
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in the LEAD Scholars Academy.
  • Be in good standing with the LEAD Scholars Academy.
  • Address the above described criteria.