UWF alumni and friends create Holmes County Argonaut Scholarship

Alumni and friends of the University of West Florida and organizations in Holmes County, Florida have partnered to create a scholarship endowment for high school graduates to attend the University of West Florida. The goal of the Holmes County Argonaut Scholarship Program is to increase the number of students from the rural county attending the UWF in pursuit of an undergraduate education.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit to students graduating from one of four high schools in Holmes County – Holmes County High School, Ponce de Leon High School, Poplar Spring High School and Bethlehem High School. Awards will be renewable for up to four years based on the recipient’s academic performance while enrolled at UWF.

“We envision the HCA Scholarship will be used to ease the financial burden of attending UWF, so more students can come directly to UWF from one of the high schools in Holmes County,” said Dr. Michael Huggins, dean of the UWF College of Science and Engineering.

With the generous assistance of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and other individual supporters, UWF already has received pledges of more than $17,000 toward establishing the HCA endowment. University policy requires the endowment balance to reach a minimum of $25,000 before scholarships can be awarded.

“On behalf of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club, we are thrilled and excited to be a part of the Holmes County Argonaut Scholarship Program,” said Brandon Young, president of the Bonifay Kiwanis Club. “Our primary mission is to assist youth from Holmes County, and the HCA Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for Holmes County students to be able to attend a first-class institution of higher learning like the University of West Florida.”

In the past 15 years, UWF has awarded 158 bachelor’s degrees, 16 masters degrees and one doctorate degree to graduates from the four high schools located in Holmes County. There are currently 306 UWF alumni residing in Holmes County, a small rural county in Northwest Florida.