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UWF recognizes large gift and new name for Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of West Florida recognized the Kugelman Family Foundation for its $250,000 gift during a lunch held today at the Argo Athletic Club. In recognition of the Foundation’s generosity, the program is now the Kugelman Honors Program.

The gift will support the Honors Program through funding for organized international experience, student research, travel to regional and national conferences and community outreach activities. It will also provide financial support for students enrolled in the program through need-based scholarships and textbook stipends.

“The Kugelman Family’s support for Honors students at the University of West Florida has made an enormous difference,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, interim vice president for University Advancement. “Their gift has helped make the program stronger and will provide intellectually engaging opportunities for students for years to come.”

The Kugelman Honors Program offers enhanced educational opportunities for superior students at UWF by providing creative ways to achieve Areté, meaning excellence; Téchne, skill; and Sophía, wisdom; and by conforming to the guidelines for Honors Programs as set forth by the National Collegiate Honors Council. The focused curriculum for Honors enhances each student’s problem solving and critical thinking ability; interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding; independent research approaches; and leadership skills.

For additional information about the Kugelman Honors Program, visit