Dr. Charles & Linda Williams Scholarship

Dr. Charles & Linda Williams

About this Scholarship:

Dr. Williams obtained his BS and MS from Western Kentucky University.  He became an instructor in the Men’s Physical Education Department at UF in 1972 prior to obtaining his doctorate in education from the University of Alabama in 1976.  He served three years in IFAS as the State 4-H Camping Director.  Dr. Williams served as Recreational Sport Director from 1982 to 1986.  In 1986 he was appointed as the first Assistant Dean for the College of Health and Human Performance.  Williams served in the Dean’s Office for 20 years as Assistant, Associate and Senior Associate Dean.

Williams has given presentation throughout the United States as well as Asia and Europe.  He has co-authored 27 books, developed commercial CD’s and computer software programs.  His high school textbook Personal Fitness: Looking Good/Feeling Good was used throughout the United States and received national awards.  Dr. Williams served on numerous university committees and received a number of service awards from Special Olympics, Florida 4-H Council, National Intramural Sports Council, and the Morton Wolfson Faculty Award for outstanding service to UF students, presented by the University of Florida Office of Student Affairs.  In 2006, the College honored Williams’ contributions by establishing the Charles S. Williams Service Award.

Linda Williams graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Home Economics and minoring in Chemistry.  She did graduate work at the University of Alabama and the University of Florida.  Mrs. Williams taught in the public schools for 26 years. Her innovative technology driven program received accolades from professionals nationwide.  She was a member of several professional organizations and gave presentations at the state, national, and international levels.  Her teaching passion was in the areas of health and nutrition.  She served as a consultant for the school lunch program at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Mrs. Williams supervised Interns from the University of Florida and Florida State University.  She was the Lead Middle School Teacher for Alachua County and was twice voted Teacher of the Year at Fort Clarke Middle School.  Mrs. Williams also served on numerous State Department of Education Committees and as President of the University of Florida Women’s Club.

Award Criteria:

  • This award is for an undergraduate student majoring in TRSM
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating service and/or leadership to the profession, university and/or college