2018 Scholarship recipients


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ASHLEY DANN

Gotham Gator Incoming Freshman Scholarship Recipient (First Place)

My name is Ashley Dann, I am currently a senior at Sewanhaka High School. I have been heavily involved in school activities and volunteer work such as environmental cleanups with my school’s Green Club. I am passionate about sports and my love for athletics lead me to become a leader on and off the basketball court. I will be attending the University of Florida in the fall of 2018 to pursue a career in Geology. I attribute my achievements to my mother. Her endless perseverance has inspired me to overcome the obstacles in my life to pursue my goals.


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Isabel Zorn

Gotham Gator Incoming Freshman Scholarship Recipient (Second Place)

 My name is Isabel Zorn, and I am from Long Island, New York. In high school, I enjoyed staying active as a member of the track team and was a varsity athlete on the swimming team. I participated in many clubs such as Mock Trial, Interact Club, and was a Features Editor for the school newspaper. I spend my summers working as a lifeguard at a pool and beach club and giving swim and paddleboard lessons. My favorite subject in school has always been social studies, which has influenced my decision to major in International Relations at UF. I would like to continue to learn about diplomacy and political systems around the world. The community service work I’ve completed in California and Costa Rica has inspired me to continue giving back.  I hope to find additional opportunities to help others while in college and to join the Peace Corps after I graduate. Additionally, my long-term goals are to go to law school and pursue a career in Civil Rights Law. I decided to attend the University of Florida because of its outstanding academics and the wonderful sense of community that the campus provides. I am very excited to spend my next four years in Gainesville and to be a part of the Gator Nation!


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Kelsey Murphy

Gotham Gator Incoming Freshman Scholarship Recipient (Third Place)

Kelsey currently attends Pearl River High School in Rockland County, New York. She has been cheerleading on her school’s varsity team since her freshman year and has also been cheerleading competitively since the fifth grade. She takes a variety of college and AP courses and enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to New York City on the weekends to eat and shop. She has two older brothers who play college hockey at the University of Maryland and Stony Brook University. The University of Florida has been her dream school since her freshman year and she can’t wait to be a Gator in the fall!


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BRADY CAMPBELL

Gotham Gator Incoming Freshman Scholarship Recipient (Third Place)

I’m Brady Campbell and I am from Ridgewood, NJ, a town about a half hour outside of New York City. As I grew up, I was very involved with sports. I played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and lacrosse. I’ve spent as much time on the courts and fields as I have at home. In high school, I stuck with baseball and basketball earning varsity letters in both sports. I was also involved in many clubs including D.E.C.A., Stock Market Club, and Student Government. A club that stands out to me was Maroon Mentors, which was a club that was created to help middle school students become more acclimated to their transition to high school, focusing on relationships, school work, and their day to day lives. I volunteered my time by helping children develop their skills in sports. I really enjoyed volunteering with Special All-Stars, a program that implements instructional strategies for children with disabilities and teaches them different sports techniques in basketball and baseball. I’m not sure that I can explain why but ever since I was a second-grader, I have always been attached to the University of Florida. I always asked for UF shirts, hats, stickers, balls etc... for my birthday and Christmas.  My guess is that it had something to do with Tim Tebow and the UF football teams. As my college process began, and after both of my older brothers were accepted and attended UF, I started to take a deeper look into the school and realized that I was right all along. As I finish up with high school, I will miss my friends and the memories I’ve made in high school, but I am excited to start my new chapter at the University of Florida.