Friends of Honors, Scholars, and Fellows


Friends of HSF

Our mission is to enhance the programs in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows (HSF) house and enrich the lives of students and friends of HSF through financial and professional support. Friends of HSF is comprised of alumni and friends of the FSU Honors Program, Office of National Fellowships (ONF), and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE). Our vision is to unite our three departments through this membership model by providing educational, personal, and professional development opportunities.

 Upcoming and Previous Events

Impact Levels of Giving:

$36 gift could provide:
  • 8 honors medallions
  • 1 passport for a student to travel abroad
  • 4 name tags for Presidential Scholars
  • 2 research posters for students to present at a national conference

$52 gift could provide one of the following:

  • Registration fee for a student to attend the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference
  • An honors experience program field trip scholarship
  • National fellowship application fee

$250 - $500 gift could provide one of the following:

  • Honors student conference participation
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program conference presentation travel grant
  • Regional interview travel funding for fellowship finalists

$750 - $1,000 gift could provide one of the following:

  • Student fellowship travel and program funding
  • A semester internship or study abroad stipend for honors students
  • An IDEA Grant summer research award
  • Recruitment scholarships to bring the best students to HSF
  • Meals for the Presidential Scholars interview weekend

 Donate to Friends of HSF

Benefits to You:

  1. Opportunities for mentoring (virtual or in person)
  2. Invitations to HSF alumni events and opportunities for alumni interactions
  3. Access to professional development opportunities such as webinars and FSU Career Center resources
  4. Invitations to student presentations and showcases
  5. Opportunities to help lead alumni initiatives


Note from the Directors

Since 2014, the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House has provided a collaborative environment for our high achieving students. As the directors of the Honors Program, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement, and the Office of National Fellowships, we are excited to invite you to collaborate and contribute to our ongoing vision of student success. We value the treasured partnership between students and alumni in our programs, and our hope is this organization will create unparalleled opportunities for you to engage with us in innovative and impactful ways.

  • Kathleen DeGuzman (B.a. '10)

    After graduating from Florida State University, Kathleen attended Vanderbilt University, where she completed her Ph.D. in English in 2015. She is currently an assistant professor of English at San Francisco State University. Kathleen was recently awarded a sabbatical for the Spring 2020 semester, which she will use to complete a book project that examines Caribbean and Philippine literature within the context of U.S. imperialism.

    HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

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  • Carrie (Dunkle) Perry (B.S. '87)

    Carrie is teaching in Sarasota, Florida, returning to her home state after several years in North Carolina and Virginia, where she taught English and served as department chair (LVHS) and K-12 ELA curriculum supervisor (LCPS). She also worked at the National Communication Association, writing K-12 standards for Speaking, Listening, and Media Literacy, and co-authoring a number of books and articles focused on English and communication instruction. In the early 2000s, Carrie completed a four-year leadership term with the VA Association of Teachers of English. In the 2010s, she was elected to serve on the NCTE Research Board of Trustees. Carrie currently holds the office of past president of the Florida Council of Teachers of English.

    HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

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  • Stacey Slaughter (B.A. '94)

    Is a partner at the Robins Kaplan LLP law firm, was named Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar for 2020. The ceremony will be held in Miami, Florida in January. Ms. Slaughter was also named one of Minnesota's Attorneys of the Year for 2019.

    HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

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  • Lakendra (McColumn) Fulbright (B.S. '05, M.S. '08)

    LaKendra recently opened a clinic, Regenerative Therapy of Georgia, that focuses on addressing both acute and chronic conditions with regenerative therapies that include groundbreaking treatments utilizing autologous PRP and stem cells from umbilical cord tissue. LaKendra’s passion is to help as many people as possible lead a healthier, happier and pain-free life.

    HSF Affiliation: Office of National Fellowships

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  • Charles Holden Leo (B.S. '89, J.D. '91)

    Charles was awarded the Florida Super Lawyer for the 11th straight year by Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters Board Certified in Workers Compensation since 1998 A.V. Rated by both peers and judiciary through Martindale Hubbell.

    HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

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  • Kira Gurnee (B.A. '88)

    Kira is a voice over actress and spokesperson was recently profiled by Authority magazine for her work behind the mic, on camera, and on stage.

    HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

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