I give because I want to create a legacy to continue after I am gone – one that creates scholarships for students who are working at unpaid internships.

I am a UCF alumnus and have worked for UCF for 20 years. As an adviser in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies and an internship coordinator in Public Administration, I have a great appreciation for the value of internships in education. One obstacle for students is that many internships are unpaid and students can’t afford to take unpaid positions.

The Legal Studies, Public Administration and Criminal Justice Scholarships in the College of Health and Public Affairs are for students who work at unpaid internships in their areas of study. Other people now contribute to the fund and I hope eventually reaches an endowed level and becomes self-sustaining.

Knowing that I am providing for future Knights makes me proud to be a Knight.

Debbie Phillis, ’84, ’91