CDR Rick Murray Memorial Scholarship
The CDR Rick Murray Memorial Scholarship was established by Sherry Murray in memory of her late husband. CDR Murray was a retired Naval Officer and Mrs. Murray was a teacher. This scholarship combines both of their passions and is for students in the School of Education.
Any recipient shall be:
- A student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is fully accepted into the School of Education and is pursuing a degree in Education AND
- An honorable discharged military Veteran or their spouse OR an active duty member of the military or their spouse OR a Jacksonville University ROTC student.
Application deadline is March 1
Stephanie Russell is a senior at Jacksonville University in the Elementary Education Masters Degree Program. After graduating from Lonoke High School she was employed at a local factory where she began questioning her future. A high school friend introduced Stephanie to a recruiting officer. Stephanie soon decided that the Navy had many things to offer her, including a college education. After completing United States Navy basic training, she spent four years assigned to the USS WASP that was home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. While stationed aboard the WASP, she discovered that she enjoyed teaching and training her fellow shipmates. She transferred to shore duty in Jacksonville, Florida where she began taking college classes part time. While stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, she became a single mother. Stephanie decided that raising her son was more important than her Navy career, so she made plans to end her Navy career. She completed her enlistment in the Navy in December of 2007 and began taking college classes full time in January 2008 at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Stephanie transferred to Jacksonville University in August 2008. She accepted the invitation to Kappa Delta Pi in March of 2009. Stephanie plans on graduating from Jacksonville University in 2012 and begin teaching at an elementary school.
FLORIDA MINORITY TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP
This collaborative performance-based scholarship program between community colleges and private universities and colleges provides a $4,000 scholarship for minority students who are enrolled as juniors or above in a state-approved teacher education program in one of Florida's public or private universities or colleges. Awards are available to eligible African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native students, as well as dislocated military personnel and dislocated defense contractor employees. Initial applicants must complete Form MTES-1, which is available from the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance or the JU Financial Aid Office. Students are eligible to receive the award for a maximum of three consecutive years. The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers will notify all applicants nominated for a scholarship of the status of their applications.