Fagerberg-Varnes Endowed Scholarship

About this Scholarship:

This endowment honors Drs. Seigfred Fagerberg and Jill Varnes and creates support for the College of Health and Human Performance.

Fagerberg received a bachelor’s degree from Union University with a double major of biology and health and physical education. He then earned a masters of education from Memphis State University, majoring in educational administration, with a minor in health and physical education. In 1971, Fagerberg moved to University of Florida after earning a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970 to become a professor of health science education, where he served for more than 35 years.

Throughout his teaching and administrative career, Fagerberg has helped thousands of students achieve their educational goals. His expertise has been shared in more than 15 books that he has authored or co-authored and more than 30 articles that have been published in journals. He has received requests for articles and permission to reprint articles from 360 countries.

Jill Varnes graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Health and Recreation in 1973 and a master’s degree with the same concentration in 1974. She became a UF professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the College of Health and Human Performance after completing a doctorate in education at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978.

Varnes has served academic and student affairs for 11 years as the Assistant Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, as well as serving three years as Interim Dean. She has shared her expertise and service with the University by initiating the employee wellness program, Living Well, and also publishing in numerous journals. She has co-authored one book, Perspectives on Health, which at one time was the leading high school textbook. In 2008, the College honored Varnes’ contributions with the unveiling of the Jill W. Varnes Mace.

Award Criteria:

  • This award is for any student in the Health Education and Behavior major;
  • Preference given to first-generation college students;
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.