Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the CFE Scholarship Essay Contest! Every year six scholarships are awarded based on a 500 – 750 word essay.

This scholarship is available to all University Honors Freshmen who are enrolled in Honors Symposium each Fall and made possible through the generosity of the Central Florida Educator’s Credit Union (CFE).

The CFE Essay Contest is a tradition of Honors Symposium. This year, students were invited to respond to a quote by Paul Loeb about getting involved in social causes and reflect on their experiences from the course. Throughout the semester, students discussed how educational opportunities, role models and mentors, and social policies help to shape community bonds. Students personally experienced this through their service-learning fieldwork in local Title I schools in the Orlando community. The CFE Essay Contest offered Honors Freshmen an opportunity to write about what they learned through Honors Symposium and how that has shaped them as scholars, citizens and leaders.

1st place recipients received $750, 2nd place recipients received $500, and 3rd place received $250.

 The winning essays were presented by CFE's Chief Development Officer, Linh Dang, at the Celebration of Service and Learning Symposium.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

 1st place - Shreya Atmakuri, “Taking a Chance on Myself”

 1st place - Greyson Phillips, “Craving a Better Person”

 2nd place - Michelle Lee, "Optimism and Service" 

 2nd place - Riya Shah, “Spontaneity and Service: A Captivating Connection” 

 3rd place - Lily Schleider, "The Courage to Share and the Wisdom to Listen Facilitates Social Change"

 3rd place - Stephen Staklinski, “Service to Me”