Edward Waters College strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs and an environment which emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
EWC seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research & service for the betterment of humanity.
Mark of honor
Edward Water’s marching band is officially known as the “Triple Threat Marching Band.” The band was established in 2001 and has won an invite to the Honda Battle of the Bands in 2009 and 2013. The marching band was also invited to perform at halftime for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Celebrating 151 years of service, Edward Waters College is a small, private, coeducational institution located in Jacksonville, FL. Established in 1866; it is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African Americans. Edward Waters College is a college whose future is lined with pride, growth, and success. Edward Waters College continues to build upon its solid foundation of teaching, research, and community outreach. Today the College stands as a beacon of hope for many young people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to enter higher education. Edward Waters College will become a national model for a dynamic, globally diverse learning centered community that champions academic excellence through innovative teaching and learning strategies undergird by a spirit of servant leadership.
Criminal Justice degree offer students four areas to focus on:
Platforms to excel:EWC has a Memorandum of Agreement(MOA) with the Jacksonville Sheriff Officewhere students are able to complete the criminal justice degree in three years and spend their last year with the Jacksonville Sheriff Office police academy. They also have an MOA withFlorida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FLwhere students are able to complete their criminal justice degree in three years and their senior year of undergrad can go toward their three years of law school to complete the Juris Doctorate.
Biology: Upon completion of the Biology degree from Edward Waters, the University Of Health Sciences Antigua School Of Medicine offers full tuition scholarships to their Biology majors for two years.
Elementary Education: EWC offers a “Call Me Mister” program for minority males seeking to become educators. They offer candidates a book stipend for first two years. In the final two years, EWC offers candidates a full scholarship for their education when students pass the General Knowledge Exam (GK). Call Me Mister graduates are offered a job opportunity with Duval County Public School (Jacksonville, FL ) for 2-5 years.
Mathematics dual degree Engineering: EWC has an MOA with four schools (Florida Agriculture Mechanical University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of North Florida) for education in engineering.
Nathaniel Glover, Jr.
As the 29th President of Edward Waters College, Nathaniel Glover, Jr. is on a mission to ensure the students are treated as the number one priority, and are provided a college experience rich in academic, cultural and spiritual values. With this approach, he believes that students will have numerous opportunities to grow and develop into future leaders of the world.
He graduated from Edward Waters College in 1966 and received a master’s degree from the University of North Florida; he also graduated from the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy. Glover joined EWC’s Board of Trustees in 2008; and he was quickly approved as interim president effective from May 15, 2010.
“Education is essential in today’s global society, and should be viewed as a valuable asset to acquire. This is the approach my colleagues and I follow each day when making decisions that impact our College community. We strive to provide unique, beneficial tools to our students to enrich their overall college experience, and to ensure they are well equipped to enter the workforce. We are training the next generation of global leaders whose legacy will resonate throughout the halls of EWC for years to come,” asserts Glover.
Kalima M. Simmons is a senior studying Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems at EWC. EWC provided her a platform to excel and polish her aptitudes in her domain of interest, computer studies.She is grateful to the administration and staff at EWC and admires the display of dedication to the student body. They help make the college life easier and are very helpful with external resources to further student career experiences.
Being apart of social clubs on campus,she has had the opportunity to serve on the Student Business Association as secretary and being a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society. Every member at EWC evinces their traditional symbol, the tiger, Kalima asserts, “Being a Tiger means that I am apart of great legacy of tradition. Being able to attend Florida’s First Black College is an honor because of the emphasis placed on spiritual, academics, and excellence to strive to be the best and compete in a global society. I know there are many students that cannot say that about their school.”
Awards & Recognitions:
Edward Waters College’s President Dr. Nathaniel Glover has been named the 2016 recipient of the 18th annual Thompson S. Baker “Solid as a Rock” Award presented by the Junior Achievement of North Florida.
Dr. Brian Seymour at EWC was awarded with the title of Male Faculty Member of the Year by 2015 HBCU Digest.
The EWC Department of Business Administration was awarded with Best Business Program title by 2015 HBCU Digest.
Financial Aids and Scholarships:
The kinds of financial aid EWC students receive are federal, state, local, and private funding sources to assist our students and their families with meeting all educational costs. As a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for many years, they are proud to offer scholarships through the organization to qualifying students. In addition, Edward Waters College offers both merit and need-based institutional scholarships. Theyalso offer EWC Scholarships and Federal College Workstudy.