The President's Scholars Program was initiated by UCF President John C. Hitt in 2004 to provide an Honors study abroad experience to the highest achieving Honors students at UCF. President's Scholars receive funding for travel, room and board, and excursion costs for a unique summer study abroad experience.

Each year, TBHC selects on a competitive basis up to 12 President's Scholars for participation in the program. Eligible candidates must be University Honors students in good standing who, at the time of application, have two full years to complete at UCF before graduating. Qualified students must also have a minimum overall UCF GPA of 3.7. President's Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and their commitment to engaging in study-abroad as a transformative experience.

The President’s Scholars program has studied in Bergamo, Italy; Cambridge, England; and St. Kitts/Nevis.

The Summer 2014 President’s Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to understand and experience the history, culture, politics, economics, and people of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN). President’s Scholars will explore the diverse ecosystems of SKN, including coral reefs, beaches, rain forest, volcanic mountain, and sugar cane fields. Students will study the environmental challenges that small island nations face, consider policy solutions to these problems, and recognize the impact that tourism and agriculture have on the environment of Caribbean nations.

President’s Scholars will enroll in a service-learning course during the Summer C semester. Class will meet beginning in May and the travel portion of the class will be done in early June. It may be possible to take other classes during the summer.

After five weeks of study on campus, students will spend two weeks in St. Kitts and Nevis, working with a number of organizations based on their professional interests. Over the past few years, students have focused on sustainable agriculture, public health, international business, environmental conservation, oral history, and hospitality.

Participation in the President’s Scholars Program counts as an interdisciplinary seminar for Honors graduation, and students enroll in the one credit course IDH 3955H: Environmentalism and Island Nations. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a seat in the program. The program covers air fare, lodging, excursions, and most meals.

About the instructors:

Dr. Kevin Meehan is Associate Professor of English. His research interests focus on Caribbean literature, and Haitian studies. Kevin plays in a Reggae band and has family in St. Kitts. Contact Dr. Meehan at kevin.meehan@ucf.edu.

Dr. Martin Dupuis is the Assistant Dean of the Burnett Honors College and Associate Professor of Political Science. He has been involved with St. Kitts and Nevis since 1983 as a member of the Mukti Fund, a small U.S. foundation which contributed funding to environmental groups and government agencies. Contact Dr. Dupuis at martin.dupuis@ucf.edu.

Ms. Lesanne Brunswick is the Director of Budget and Personnel for the Burnett Honors College.  For the last 5 years, she has worked behind the scenes on behalf of the President's Scholars Program and looks forward to supporting the program in a hands on role.  Contact Ms. Brunswick at lesanne.brunswick@ucf.edu.

About St. Kitts and Nevis

Government of St. Kitts and Nevis

SKN Vibes

U.S. State Department Background Notes: St. Kitts and Nevis

Nevis Historical and Conservation Society

St. Christopher National Trust