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UNF Interfaith Center Awards First-Ever Community Service Scholarship

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  The Interfaith Center at the University of North Florida recently awarded its first scholarship for interfaith community service to two students committed to interfaith work.

The Interfaith Center offers services to educate students and advance cooperation.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Kalilah Jamall and Clare Stern, winners of the scholarship, talked about their interfaith work.

Director of the center Tarah Trueblood also appeared on the show.

Trueblood says the Noor Inayat Khan Interfaith Community Service Award was named after a young Muslim woman who sacrificed her life in the fight against Nazi Germany.

She says the center screened the documentary “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story” last fall to show students the importance of interfaith-based discussions.

Jamall says she started interfaith work after finishing a political service project for school. She says the project’s foundation was based in interfaith cooperation.

“Through the service project I realized the necessity of interfaith work, and I’ve really been involved with the Interfaith Center ever since,” Jamall said. “I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Stern says she’s been involved with interfaith work her entire life.

“I transferred from a different university doing interfaith work, and found that UNF had an interfaith center and just absolutely fell in love with the center itself and all that it does,” Stern said.

Winners of the award receive $500 for tuition.

Listen to the full conversation on Friday’s episode of the “First Coast Connect” podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.