B.K. & Betty C. Stevens Endowed Scholarships

About this Scholarship:

Betty C. & Billie K. “B.K.” Stevens

The late B.K. Stevens was a member of the original faculty when the College was established in 1946, and was a faculty member in the Professional Curriculum until he retired in 1976. B.K. Stevens passed away in May 2003. His wife Betty, former UF Dean of Women, maintains a strong interest in the College and continues to find ways to support students and to enable them to obtain their degrees.

B.K. Stevens graduated from Marianna High School in 1930. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University with continued graduate study at New York University. His professional career included education and coaching at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville and joining the UF faculty as an original member of the College of Health and Human Performance faculty in 1946. He retired in 1976.

Betty Stevens, a native of Birmingham, Ala., earned her bachelor’s degree at Auburn University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her professional career included positions as assistant dean and dean of women at Auburn University, University of Miami, Texas Western University (now University of Texas-El Paso), Cornell University and Syracuse University. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens met at UF when Mrs. Stevens came to the school as the dean of women. At the time she retired, she was associate professor of behavioral studies.

College of Health and Human Performance dean Patrick J. Bird said, “Billie K. and Betty have maintained an active interest in the college, and they continue to find ways to support students that will enable them to obtain degrees. We are indebted to them for the leadership example they set for faculty, students and alumni.”

The Stevens established these scholarships in 1998. B.K. Stevens passed away in 2003. Betty Stevens maintains a strong interest in the College and continues to find ways to support students and to enable them to obtain their degrees.

Award Criteria:

  • Must be a student in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA
  • Student should have an interest in being of service to others