Northeast Florida Counts Announces Change Agent Leadership Scholarship for Northeast Florida Students

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Scholarship to be awarded at the Hale and Hearty 7K on June 2 in Riverside/Avondale.

Hale & Hearty 7K

We hope the students will learn it is in everyone’s best interest to put health and quality of life as a priority.

The partners of Northeast Florida Counts are launching the Change Agent Leadership Scholarship (CALS) for local area students worth $2,500 to recognize two students’ visionary aptitudes and leadership abilities to create a plan to transform a Northeast Florida community of their choosing into a vibrant and healthy place to live, work, and play.

Northeast Florida Counts, a health-related quality of life data initiative of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (501c3), will award a one-year, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to help defer educational costs for a period of one year’s matriculation at any accredited two- or four-year college or university to two local students each year beginning this spring. The two students must be legal residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns or Volusia counties, Florida.

“Our goal is to attract students from all education disciplines to reinforce that even an economics, engineering or business major will see the importance of a healthy community and they will learn the economic impact of building a healthier region,” said Dawn Emerick, Ed.D., President & CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. “We hope the students will learn it is in everyone’s best interest to put health and quality of life as a priority. Our goal is to reward and recognize those forward thinking young people that want to transform Northeast Florida into the healthiest region in the Southeast.”

The two scholarships will be announced after the Hale & Hearty 7K (http://www.HaleandHearty7K.com) on June 2, 2012 at the Riverside Arts Market on the Riverside Arts Market Stage. The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida’s goal is to celebrate healthy communities and happy and healthy places.

The CALS is available to students completing their last year of high school and/or GED program, and who have already been accepted into any accredited two- or four-year college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students whose visionary talents can create a plan to transform a Northeast Florida community into an exciting place to live, work, and play. The scholarship is applicable to students across many education disciplines, not just those solely focused on health. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2012.

Northeast Florida Counts is a program of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. The Northeast Florida Counts website (http://www.nefloridacounts.org) is dynamic source of quality of life data that provides easily understandable health, environmental, and other sustainability indicators for Northeast Florida. This innovative website also links its visitors to resources that encourage and promote informed community action across multiple disciplines and industries.

Scholarship applications should be sent to Northeast Florida Counts Steering Committee, 644 Cesery Boulevard Suite 210, Jacksonville, Florida 32211 or emailed to info(at)hpcnef(dot)org.

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