group of people posing at scholarship ceremony

HabiJax Honors Hicks Scholarship Recipients

There will be 13 new Ospreys at the University of  North Florida this Fall, and on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, seven Hicks Scholarship recipients, their families, and members from HabiJax joined together at The Cookbook Restaurant to celebrate their achievement!

Lance Hunt, the Hicks Program Manager, orchestrated the evening by welcoming the new students and encouraging them to meet the other recipients.

“You’re going to be embarking on a new journey in life, and tonight, you have the opportunity to meet other students who will be in your same shoes”, explained Hunt. “The sky is truly the limit for all of you, and I can not wait to see what you will achieve!”

Niaya Jones, a recipient of the scholarship, is looking forward to getting involved on campus and says that the scholarship will provide her with comfort and more time to focus on her studies.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients:

Darionna MayRaines High School

Ebony BrownRaines High School 

Essence SharpeRibualt High School 

Eryn RhodesA. Phillip Randolph High School 

Jaydon EllisonStanton High School

Joshua TyusEd White High School 

Joshua AncrumStanton High School 

Kelsey MasonRaines High School 

Lania FloydLee High School 

Nebthet Reid-ElRains High School 

Neith Reid-ElRaines High School 

Niaya JonesFSCJ

Tenisha NoisetteRaines High School


Established in 1997 and provided by David and Ann Hicks, the Hicks Scholarship helps bring higher education within reach by providing scholarship funds at UNF to assist with the cost of tuition, fees, books and housing. Qualifying students can receive the financial support they need to complete their degrees with minimum student loans or other debts.Since its inception, there have been over 250 scholarship recipients.

Check out photos and a highlight video from the event below.