Global Together: #UF25 Welcomes 36 Honors Scholars

The Honors Program at the University of Florida welcomes a distinguished community of 36 Honors Scholars from the incoming Class of 2025. Honors Scholars include recipients of the John V. Lombardi Scholarship, Stamps Scholarship and Davis United World College Scholar program.

Lombardi Scholarship and Stamps Scholarship

The Lombardi Scholarship and Stamps Scholarship are premier undergraduate awards that fully fund four summers of enrichment experiences, including three international programs and a weeklong domestic leadership expedition. This cohort of 11 Scholars will travel to Maine in the summer of 2021 to participate in a weeklong sailing expedition with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School along the Eastern Seaboard’s wildest region. The summer of 2022 will take Scholars to the Yucatán Peninsula for five weeks to study the ecology of tropical Mexico and Maya culture with the UF in Mérida study abroad program.

“It is a pleasure to welcome this remarkable group of students into the Honors Program,” says Honors Associate Director Regan Garner, who coordinates the internal scholarships. “Honors Scholars come to UF seeking academic rigor, rich experiences, and limitless opportunity. I am confident our program and the broader campus community will support them with the resources they need to thrive.”

These scholarship programs bring together students from different backgrounds with a variety of academic and extracurricular interests, motivated by the opportunity to better their communities and pursue their goals together over the next four years. With the help of an academic advisor, each plans how to best engage in opportunities that UF provides for research, travel and experiential learning, and receives a stipend of $2700 each fall and spring for eight semesters or until the student earns an undergraduate degree.

Each student has achieved multitudes of personal and academic accomplishments and community service. Below, a selection from each student’s CV offers a glimpse at their uncommon experiences.

Lombardi Scholars

The John V. Lombardi Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Lombardi, a former UF president whose leadership and spirit played a significant role in the University’s ascension to the top tier of public research universities. This is the twentieth class of Lombardi Scholars in the program’s history at UF.

Katherine Bi-Ji, Ponte Vedra High School

Major: Finance
Heavener School of Business
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“With visions of increasing the prominence of women in politics, I served on the executive board for the international organization Women in Model United Nations as Chapter Organizer. I was active on the Varsity Swim Team and was also my school’s first female wrestler.”

Sarah Leebrick, Rutherford High School

Major: Exploring Social & Behavioral Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I made history as one of the first youth delegates to vote at our diocesan convention. I’ve conducted research concerning Roman sexual ethics, the mathematics of artistic canons, film renditions of Ovid’s Pygmalion and more.” 

Jordan Lindsey, North Fort Myers High School

Major: Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I’m invested in the wellbeing and happenings of my community. My goal is to start an organization to provide fair legal representation for the impoverished and to serve in government, fighting on the behalf of ordinary working Americans.”

Johnny Liu, Leon High School

Major: General Business
Warrington College of Business

“I was selected as the youngest Board Member of Big Bend Cares Inc, a non-profit organization that provides affordable healthcare to underprivileged citizens. As Volunteer Coordinator of the National Science Honor Society, I created opportunities for members to volunteer with local hospitals.”

Blaire Moraski, Gainesville High School

Major: Sustainability Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“My passion for human rights and international relations began when I lived through the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine. In summer 2019, I traveled to Finland on a Rotary exchange, and during the fall, I hosted a German exchange student through the German-American Partnership Program.”

Austin Stein, North Broward Preparatory School

Major: Data Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I have conducted two independent research projects, one of which—regarding the learned ability of gender recognition based on voice frequency—was published in a local journal of science. In the future, I hope to work in the field of research, business, technical development or law.”  
Radhika Subramanian, Dr. Phillips High School

Major: Finance
Heavener School of Business
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I am very passionate about the issue of inequity as it pertains to education and its consequent economic outcomes, especially for women and minorities. This was my impetus for getting involved with GirlsGotSTEAM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on empowering girls and underprivileged youth to enhance interest in STEAM fields.”

Izabela Zmirska, Allen D. Nease High School

Major: Biological Engineering, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“Born and raised in Florida, my love for the outdoors influences every action that I take. Fascinated by algae, my self-directed research on diatoms and my epiphyton research through the Young Scholars Program encouraged me to merge biology with engineering in hopes of tackling the climate crisis.”

Stamps Scholars

The University of Florida partners with the Stamps Scholars Program to award multi-year scholarships to driven and talented student leaders. Stamps Scholars join a community of students and alumni from around the world with whom they network and share experiences. This is the eleventh class of Stamps Scholars in the program’s history at UF.

Ammir Thomas, University High School

Major: Economics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“I have served in various leadership roles from team captain of my high school varsity basketball team (when we won the District Championship Title) to student leader within high school groups like CRU and Black Leaders of Tomorrow. I plan to pursue a PhD in Economics and hope to own a brokerage firm.”

Phuc "Dylan" Phan, Timber Creek High School

Major: Nursing, College of Nursing

“I hope to utilize my experience and story to dismantle communication barriers among healthcare workers and patients who are culturally divergent—especially those who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, and Vietnamese immigrants.”

Kathleen "Kate" Rush, Archbishop Hannan High School

Major: Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

“I have always been deeply fascinated with the most fundamental questions about our universe, so I intend to double major in physics and philosophy at UF. I also enjoy outdoor adventures of all kinds—I scuba dive, run cross country, and have even solo-flown a Cessna-172 through the Civil Air Patrol.”

Davis UWC Scholars

Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars are an integral part of the UF Honors community. UF is one of 99 universities and colleges in the United States to which these scholars matriculate after graduation from a UWC international school, bringing students from around the world to live and learn with U.S. students.

“International students make important contributions to the University of Florida community, from a richness of perspectives to diverse cultural traditions that benefit all of us,” says University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs. “The Davis United World College Scholars are critical to these contributions and thus to the education, research and service that are at the core of our mission.”

The Class of 2025 boasts 25 Scholars from 15 countries on 4 continents: North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, from 13 UWC campuses around the world.

The Davis UWC cohort, along with the Lombardi Scholars and Stamps Scholars, will bring together growing global perspectives to continue to advance, succeed and excel in their roles as student-leaders and lifelong changemakers.

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