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English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
223 Matherly Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744

UCIEP, University and College Intensive English ProgramsThe ELI is a proud member of UCIEP, a consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs


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 Jayne C. Harder Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, named after Dr. Jayne Crane Harder, the ELI's founding director, has been supporting students since 1990. List of recipients

The J.C. Casagrande Peace Scholarship

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

The Valentina Komaniecka Memorial Scholarship

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

Selection Criteria for Scholarships:

  1. Full-time student at the ELI.
  2. Academic Excellence: The student should have a GPA of 4.0 and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in at least three of the four skill areas.
  3. Outstanding Progress: The student should display outstanding progress in language skills as evidenced by improvements in coursework and/or CELT scores.
  4. Excellent Attendance: The student should miss no more than ten hours of class in the C term.
  5. Speak English: The student should make every effort to speak English at all times while at the ELI and at ELI-sponsored activities.
  6. Successful Work Strategies: The student should demonstrate personal initiative in and out of the classroom, making an effort to get involved in the ambient culture through outside activities such as regular participation in Cultural Immersion activities or participation in research at UF.

Selection Process:

  1. Three weeks before the end of the term, teachers will submit letters of nominations.
  2. A committee will interview the final candidates and rank them in order of merit. The committee will consist of the assistant director, the academic coordinator or a skill coordinator, and representative teachers.
  3. The candidates who are nominated and the candidate ultimately selected for the scholarship will be announced at the Commencement ceremony.



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