Science & Technology

Gift from longtime donor to provide scholarships for UWF students

The University of West Florida has announced a $118,000 gift to establish the Pat and Hal Marcus Excellence Scholarship.

Howard Reddy, VP of University Advancement, Marcus, Saunders and Kuhl pose with a check at Wahoos Field on Sept. 15, 2018

“We are very thankful for Hal’s gift and his continued support of UWF and our programs,” said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “Our students in the STEM fields work very hard and this scholarship fund recognizes and rewards their efforts.”

The gift, donated by Harold E. “Hal” Marcus,  will provide full tuition merit-based scholarships for students in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.

“I have been inspired by UWF.  And in just a short amount of time, the impact it has made on the Pensacola Community has been extraordinary,” Marcus said. “It is encouraging to get to see firsthand the impact you’re making. It is an honor to be able to give, and I will continue to support UWF because it will continue to help the future needs of this Pensacola community.”

Marcus, a longtime supporter of UWF, gifted $5 million to the University in 2016. In his honor, the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering became UWF’s first named college. His support has created numerous opportunities for students in STEM disciplines, including funding research experiences abroad through the Research Experience Away Program. Marcus has also donated to UWF archaeology program.

“Hal is the college’s biggest supporter and we continue to be grateful for his generosity,” said Jaromy Kuhl, interim dean of Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “Our students are talented and motivated, and because of Hal, they have more opportunities at UWF than at other universities. These full-ride scholarships will especially be transformative.”

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