Friends of Honors, Scholars, and Fellows

  • Welcome to 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.

  • Giving Matters!

    Why giving at impact levels matter - student success! We hope you will look at our impact levels of giving and how it directly impacts these students and consider donating today!

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Impact Levels of Giving:

$36 gift could provide the following:
  • 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
  • Books for the common read honors colloquium  

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

  • Honors student conference participation
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) conference presentation grant or funding that allows a low-income student to engage in the UROP Program. 
  • Regional interview travel funding for fellowship finalists 
  • Honorarium to bring in experts in their fields as guest speakers for Presidential Scholars Developmental Programming  
  • Student engagement in a semester-long service-learning opportunity with a community organization. 

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

  • 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
  • Funding for a first-generation college student to complete a summer internship with a technology startup 

 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 Associate Director

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I am excited to welcome you to Friends of Honors, Scholars, and Fellows. I am so grateful for our alumni and friends who continue to collaborate, engage, and contribute to HSF’s vision of student success. Your generosity and support truly help our students and programs succeed. I look forward to connecting with you as we continue to build our network. Have a question or want to get in touch? Email me at: or call me at 850-644-2093


  • 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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