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UNF Awards Full Scholarships to Youths Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
UNF Awards Full Scholarships to Youths Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The University of North Florida has awarded full, four-year scholarships covering tuition, fees, room and board to three Northeast Florida young women who will be featured on an upcoming episode of the ABC television program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

The scholarship recipients, who are residents of Middleburg, live with Carrie “Coach” Prewitt, who has been an award-winning volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Middleburg High School for the past 25 years. She has been more than just a high school volleyball coach. She has become a beloved member of her community by serving as a mentor, counselor, confidante and sometimes a second mom to some of her students.

Two years ago, that mothering role became real when Prewitt took one of her players, Ashley Brewer (now 18 years old) into her home along with her two younger sisters, Taylor and Gina. The small, run-down house with crumbling walls doesn’t properly accommodate them and is unsafe, especially during hurricane season. The family, who playfully call themselves the “Brewitts,” has done what they can to make their home a fun place to live.

When the Brewer girls’ parents passed away, Prewitt was made aware of the situation. She immediately agreed to give them a stable home life and is now their permanent guardian. She treats all her players like daughters and they know they can turn to her for advice and help. Prewitt coaches the volleyball team, several school club teams and runs volleyball camps for elementary and high school students. She believes that every girl who wants to should be able to participate in volleyball. She makes this possible by running a weekly league, with all of the proceeds going toward those who can’t afford the volleyball camps or supplies.

The Prewitt-Brewer family will take a vacation to the Virgin Islands while the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team leader Ty Pennington, designers Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris and Michael Moloney, as well as local builders Ark Remodeling and Construction, J.A. Long Design Builders and community volunteers, including UNF students, build them a new home.

Though the Brewer’s family circumstances have been far from ideal, their story has a happy ending—a home full of love and laughter. Now, all three girls can reach their full potential with full scholarships from the University. For Ashley, attending UNF has always been her dream. Now, it has come true. She hopes one day to be a pediatric nurse, so she can help others.

“These young girls have demonstrated amazing courage and determination to succeed in their academic studies despite their overwhelming circumstances,” said UNF President John Delaney. “These are the types of qualities we hope to see in our students. The University looks forward to having them as cherished members of the UNF family.”

The build for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” began at their home, located at 5089 Chicory Ave., in Middleburg on Thursday, Jan. 27, and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 2. UNF volunteers are also helping out with the build.

The Emmy-award-winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is chairman of Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.

At the University of North Florida, students are our first priority. UNF recognizes that every student is an individual, with different goals, learning styles and needs. Our students are provided opportunities for life-changing learning experiences, including internships, study abroad and other off-campus programs and dynamic research projects.

The University has an average enrollment of more than 16,000 students and offers five colleges of distinction: the Coggin College of Business, the Brooks College of Health, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Education and Human Services.

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