The Kosove Society is founded on three pillars:
A strong commitment to civic and community engagement.
The Kosove Society Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards given to USF students. Kosove Scholars are competitively selected and represent the University’s best and brightest minds. Academic excellence, leadership, and a commitment to community service are the hallmarks of the Kosove Society and its scholars.
The on-campus Kosove Student Group consists of current undergraduate and graduate students. These students come from diverse backgrounds and pursue medical, engineering, education, social science, fine arts, and business degrees—to name just a few of the disciplines Kosove scholars engage in. The group works to fulfill the Kosoves’ desires to serve the University, the Tampa Bay region, and the global community.
Students of the University of South Florida who are inducted into the Kosove Society receive a scholarship, total to the amount of the estimated cost of attendance. Students are also encouraged and provided funds to participate in academic conferences and fieldwork experiences, as well as study abroad opportunities in order to enhance their educational opportunities and expand their horizons.
The on-campus group participates in University community service events, such as the annual USF Stampede of Service and has supported community engagement initiatives such as the LazyDays Employee Foundation Homeless Youth Initiative. Additionally, the scholars regularly volunteer throughout the Tampa Bay area with organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Lowry Park Zoo, and Metropolitan Ministries. The group also conducts its own service projects such as book, food, and clothing drives for families in need.
The Kosove Alumni Group is comprised of all recipients of the Kosove scholarship. The group works to foster a sense of community and provide networking opportunities among scholars after graduation. The Alumni Group is actively involved in community service in the Tampa Bay area as well. Several times a year, the Alumni Group hosts and cooks dinner for the residents at Hope Lodge, a temporary housing facility for cancer patients and their families sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Additionally, the Alumni Group hosts events designed to connect alumni to current scholars. In keeping with the spirit of the Harri and Ruth Kosove, the Student and Alumni groups function as a family support system for members.