The UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability Summer Program Summer Program

Sponsor a Scholarship

Welcoming students from diverse socio-economic, racial/ethnic, and cultural backgrounds adds to the value of the summer program experience. In past years, as many as 50% of our students have been on full or partial scholarships.

A full scholarship is $5,500, a gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. With your help we can enable a number of bright, motivated young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend our summer program and learn how to become changemakers.

If you would like to make a gift in support of our Scholarship fund, please use the Online Giving link or send checks made payable to: "UF Foundation" (and include on the memo line "Social Entrepreneurship Leadership Fund Code F012729") to:
University of Florida YELS
PO Box 117168
Gainesville, FL


Due to the generosity of our many Supporters and Friends, we are able to offer full and partial scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to afford this life-changing experience.

Scholarship Sponsors

Ann & Tom Kimbler (2015)
Arian Rezaei (2015)
Ethan Feldman & StudyEdge (2015)
David Lyons & Saddle Creek Logistics (2015, 2014)
Scott Fore & Treetop Software (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
Tom & Jane Johnson (2010, 2009, 2008)
Brent Berthy (2010, 2009, 2008)
Jonathan Schwimmer & the Hummingbird Foundation (2010, 2009)
John & Ann Shermyen (2007)
Matt & Larina Hintze & Tutoring Zone (2010, 2009)
Pettis Family(2012)
Julio & Teresa Siberio(2012, 2011)
Wickersham Family(2012)
Seigel Family(2012)
McGee Family(2012)
Keeler Family(2012)
Ryan Dix & Smokin' Notes (2009)
Molly & Steven Reiss (2009)
Jim & Sibet Grantham (2007)
Dane & Sheila Boyington (2011)
Karatela family (2012, 2011)
Emily McClintock & Bill Dudziak (2010)
Fotouh AlBader (2009)
David Whitney & Energent Ventures(2010, 2011)
Thanks to John Spence for all that he does in support of UF and in promotion of entrepreneurship.
Joe & Phil Lancos (2012, 2011)
Sam Katz (2011)
Sarah Stone (2011)
Cassandra Montes (2011)
Debbie & Brian Taub (2011)
Charles & Barrie Slonim (2011)
Gerald Goebel (2011)
Rhonda Gatewood (2011)
Iliana McFarlane (2011)
Karen & Clay Harrow (2012, 2011)
Shannon & Josh Landin (2011)
Mani & Yalda Rezaei & Interstate Paints (2009)
Doreen & Greg Anderson (2012, 2009, 2008)
Matt Tower (2009)
Devin Tower (2009)
William Jessie (2009)
Howard Adler (2008)
Howard Fabian (2008)
Norman Reiz (2008)
Edgar Jones (2008)
Fay Fabian (2008)
Robyn Feinberg (2008)
Jack & Cherie Fine (2007)
Dilip Barot (2007)
Sharon Beck (2007)

YELS is proud to run carbon-neutral each summer,
with the help of We are Neutral

In-kind Donations

Adventure Outpost

Alachua County Humane Society

Alachua Conservation Trust

Alta Systems Printing

Barrels of Hope for Haiti

Blake Matson, Video Production

Blue Oven Kitchens, Val Leitner

Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention

Cafe at Books Inc.

Camille Jackson Mediation

Campus Kitchens

Casa Ma Holistic Spa & Studios

Citizen’s Co-op

Cognito Farm

Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center

Current Problems

Cymplify Central

Design Well Studio, Walton Dale

Dignity Project

Dogwood Lane Farm

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County

Echoing Green, Lara Galinsky, Linda Kay Klein, and Rebecca Kaufman

Energent Ventures

Enterprise Rental Car

Fair Oaks Farm

Florida Defenders of the Environment

Florida Innovation Hub at UF

Flour Pot Bakery

Forage Farm


Friends of Gainesville Organic Blueberry Farm

Friends of Payne’s Prairie

Frog Song Organics

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Gainesville Compost

Gainesville Organic Blueberry Farm

Gator Dining & Classic Fare Catering

Gator Textbooks

Gelato Company Cafe

Goodwill Gators


Harvest Thyme Cafe & Catering

I _____ Local

Indigo Green Store

International Carbon Bank & Exchange

Keep Alachua County Beautiful

M&S Bank

Mac Stone Photography

Monster Press Printing

Mosswood Farm Store

Neutral Gator


Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida

OrigAudio, Jason Lucash

Parisleaf Printing & Design

Parrish Family Blueberry Farm

Phoenix Neighborhood Afterschool Program

Popenoe Ranch

Raise the Village/BIG Picture Games

Randy Scott, Novamin

Rebuilding Together North Central Florida

Rob Castellucci, Facebook Consultant


Peacock’s Paint Center

Ryan Moulton, Graphic & Web Design

Santa Fe Center for Innovation & Economic Development

Satchel’s Pizza

Scott Valancy, Art Gun Technologies

Shands Arts in Medicine

Sid Martin Biotech Incubator

Siembra Farms, Cody Galligan

Slow Food Gainesville

Smoke House Restaurant & Catering Company

Starter Space

Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters


Suncountry Sports Center, Jodi Bennett

Swallowtail CSA

Sweet Dreams Icecream

Sweetwater Organic Coffee Company


Target Copy


Ben & Jerry’s (Geoff Wilson, Pete & Jennifer Zimek)

The Girl Fund/SariTies, Vikram Rangala

The Hippodrome Theater

The Thomas Center

The Jones Eastside Eatery

The Vine Bakery

Tim Cannon, IBM

Trendy Entertainment


UF Career Resource Center

UF Center for Leadership & Service

UF Department of Housing & Residence Education

UF Department of Recreational Sports

UF Innovation Academy

UF Innovative Sustainability & Social Impact Initiative

UF Office of Sustainability

UF Parking & Transportation Services

UF Warrington College of Business Administration

We are Neutral

Wilmot Gardens at UF