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English Language Institute
Scholarships for ELI Students
For students who attend the ELI for more than one semester, the ELI has instituted two tuition-free scholarships. Each semester, two students attending the ELI will each receive one scholarship each. The scholarship award is applicable for the following term and represents in value the equivalent of that term's tuition cost. In effect, a selected student can attend the ELI two terms for the cost of the tuition of one term. There is also one $500 scholarship available for each term, the newly established Valentina Komaniecka Memorial Scholarship.
The names of all scholarship winners are permanently displayed on a plaque in the main office of the ELI and on this website as well. During the semester of the award, the names of the scholars appear on a special plaque along with their photographs.
The second scholarship, named after our institute's longest serving director, Dr. Jean Casagrande, was inaugurated to celebrate international peace. It was triggered by the events of September 11, 2001, and the solidarity that was expressed by friends from the world over. It recognizes all ELI students, past and present, as peacemakers. It also underscores their building of community among themselves and with local residents, serving the Gainesville community as volunteers, maintaining high academic and ethical standards in all activities of the ELI, and promoting international understanding, goodwill, and peace among all people. List of recipients
Dr. Komaniecka was a proponent of international cooperation and collaboration throughout her career, beginning as an exchange student in Quito, Ecuador, continuing in positions as an international student advisor, and finally as an administrator and instructor at the UF English Language Institute. The initiation of this student achievement scholarship honors Valentina's strong personal interest in international educational outreach. List of recipients