The Alec Courtelis Award

The Alec Courtelis Award is given annually to three outstanding international graduate students.  The award was first given at the 1996 International Student Awards Ceremony by Louise Courtelis in honor of her late husband, Alec Courtelis, a well-known financier and former Chairman of the Board of Regents.  A wall plaque bearing, the name of the award recipients and the year it was awarded is located at the University of Florida International Center. We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting three awards this year of $3,000.00, $1,500 and $1,500.00 respectively.

 The nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. program.
  • Demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
  • Contributions to the department and college exceed expectations.
  • Contributions and service to campus life at UF exceed expectations.
  • A non-immigrant F-1/J-1 student visa holder.
  • Involvement in the Gainesville community.

The college should submit a maximum of two international graduate student nominations with documentation for each nominee that includes:

  • 3 letters of recommendation. The recommendation letters should outline the reasons why the student was selected by the college for the award and should be written by university representatives or community leaders.
  • Student’s curriculum vitae/resume

A selection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will choose and rank the submitted nominees.  Colleges, deans advisors, college representative and recipients will be notified of the winners prior to the awards ceremony. This award will be presented at the International Student Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.  Invitations will be given to recipients with details about the ceremony in early November.