Cathie Ponikvar Memorial Scholarship

The Cathie Ponikvar Memorial NRHH Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship award given to an outstanding UF leader living in the residence halls. The winner’s name will also be inscribed on the perpetual plaque displayed in the UF NRHH Office. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase awareness of the need to balance academic excellence with community involvement and leadership.

Who is Cathie Ponikvar?
Cathie Ponikvar worked at the Division of Housing (now known as the Department of Housing and
Residence Education) for ten years (1975-1985), and the last number of years as the Assistant Director of
Housing for Staff and Student Development. In her work with both student leaders and housing staff, Cathie showed great concern for the individuals she worked with and advised. She not only set high standards for herself, but she also helped others to set such standards for themselves.

Cathie encouraged students to contribute to residence hall life in addition to encouraging their involvement in other campus activities. She stressed to the students she worked with the importance of balancing extra-curricular involvement and academics. Cathie was always willing to get involved. She enjoyed working behind the scenes – teaching, advising, and being a role model, and valued these same qualities in the student leaders she worked with.

In Cathie Ponikvar’s memory and honor, this scholarship has not only been named after her, but shall be awarded to those students who exemplify and strive for the qualities that Cathie both possessed and valued in the student leaders she worked with.

What are the Application Requirements?
Any UF student may apply, if they meet the following criteria:
1. Minimum 3.0 cumulative UF GPA
2. Minimum of 3 semesters living in the residence halls (not including this semester)
3. Minimum of 3 semesters of involvement in the residence halls.
4. Must be in good standing with UF
5. Must be returning as a student for the Fall 2014 semester
6. Must be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate)


Applications for the Cathie Ponikvar Memorial Scholarship are released during the Spring Semester via email to qualifying participants. The application can also be found here when it becomes available.