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UNF receives DOT scholarship award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Certain students at the University of North Florida will benefit from a new scholarship thanks to the Florida Department of Transportation.

On Thursday, UNF President John Delaney accepted FDOT's $10,000 civil engineering scholarship check.

It will go directly to students of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.

"The university is very pleased to accept this donation and will use it to further enhance and grow the transportation research and graduate education program at UNF," Delaney said. "We have an ongoing successful relationship with FDOT, and our research is helping to advance best practices in civil engineering and transportation, which could ultimately be used nationwide."

The check comes from a national award competition last year, which helped reconstruct the Interstate 10 and Interstate 95 interchange in Jacksonville.

The interchange was finished in May 2011 after six years and a cost of $154 million, making it the most expensive public works project ever undertaken by the FDOT in north Florida.

"The project finished six months ahead of schedule, which saved taxpayer dollars and countless commuting headaches," said FDOT interim district two secretary Nick Tsengas. "It demonstrates that when a project team works together to address major transportation challenges, the results will have a direct benefit for the taxpayers and users of the roadway."