Jacksonville University senior Sequoyah Glenn is one of a select handful of local college students to receive a prestigious Elizabeth Edgar Hall scholarship for 2012.
Glenn, who works in human resources at JU and also for the Jacksonville Jaguars to make ends meet, knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles.
In her JU scholarship essay, she wrote of juggling school, volunteer activities and work, all amid financial strain in her immediate family. Her desire to succeed and then turn around and give back, however, is so strong that she has persevered through it all.
“All of my life, I have known that college was the only option for me. I have always known that I wanted to be successful and make my family proud,” she wrote. “As the only person in my family to attend a four-year university, I realize that I am setting a very high standard for my family and others around me.”
Unfortunately, that’s come at a high cost, she noted: “The price of attending the school I love has overwhelmed my mother and has been a strain to my mother’s finances.”
Glenn, a marketing major, is well-known and loved around JU’s Davis College of Busines. In addition to her Elizabeth Edgar Hall award, the JU scholarship selection committees also picked her as a recipient of both the Bert Thomas and the Richard Sanborn business scholarships. She also received a JU academic scholarship.
Among other things, she also is involved in several extracurricular activities, including the Black Student Union, Brumos Circle of Excellence, JU Gospel Choir and TRiO. Glenn has also helped JU during fundraising Phonathons.
“Within the next 10 years, I strive to be one of those people that I called to ask for pledges to the JU fund,” she wrote in her scholarship essay. “I cannot explain the amount of support I have received from JU and how much it means to me financially, emotionally, and academically. Financially investing in my education at Jacksonville University will reap many benefits currently and in post-graduation.”
The non-profit Elizabeth Edgar Hall Inc. has helped women in Jacksonville make a better life for themselves for more than a century. In 1991, the foundation switched from making educational loans to the current practice of granting scholarship awards.