Henry and Annie Merner
From $9,500 to $17,500 per year
Highly successful Midwestern business entrepreneur Henry Pfeiffer, Jr. was the founder of the Pfeiffer Chemical Company. Additionally, Mr. Pfeiffer went on to gain control of two corporations, the William R. Warner and Company and Richard Hudnut Cosmetics Company, which would later be known as Warner-Lambert Corporation. He and his wife, Annie Merner Pfeiffer, had no children and instead directed their time and resources to philanthropic enterprises, especially at Methodist-related colleges. The Pfeiffers were the first major donors to the construction of our Frank Lloyd Wright’s campus in 1938. In 1941, Florida Southern awarded Mrs. Pfeiffer an honorary doctorate and dedicated the newly completed campus Chapel in honor of her philanthropy. The Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel became the cornerstone of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed campus at Florida Southern College.
Lucius P. Ordway Scholarship
From $7,000 to $11,000 per year
Minnesota businessman Lucius P. Ordway purchased a struggling company named the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company and, through keen business acumen and exemplary leadership, stewarded the company to profitability and a trajectory that would skyrocket 3M into the international corporation that it is today, providing innovative new products for our world.
E. T. Roux Scholarship
Up to $7,000 per year
Edwin T. Roux distinguished himself throughout Florida as an exemplary entrepreneur and business leader. Mr. Roux’s enterprises included banks, railroads, multiple lumber companies, and real estate ventures statewide. He was elected to the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees in 1918 and served until 1946. Following the devastating fire of 1921 that destroyed the College at its location in Sutherland, Florida, Mr. Roux provided temporary space for student housing and classrooms at his Clearwater Beach Hotel.
William H. Danforth Scholarship
From $8,000 to $13,000 per year
William H. Danforth is known worldwide as the pioneer of a new industry and founder of the Ralston Purina Company. He was an exemplar of corporate leadership who generously shared his talents as a director on the boards of numerous national corporations. Despite enormous business success, it was his work with and for American youth that was the source of his greatest satisfaction. Author of the book I Dare You!, Mr. Ralston postulated that four key components in life need to be in balance. He illustrated theses components, physical, mental, social, and religious, in a four-square checker board pattern. To be healthy, it was necessary for the four squares to stay in balance, with one area not to develop at the expense of another. This concept became intertwined with the company in 1921 with the introduction of the sale of feed pressed into cubes called “checkers” and is seen today in the familiar Ralston Purina checker board logo. Through his Danforth Foundation, 24 Danforth Chapels were constructed on college campuses around the United States, including Florida Southern College, and in Japan.
Thad M. Buckner Scholarship
From $6,500 to $10,000 per year
Thad M. Buckner was a distinguished Florida businessman who established the first Coca Cola Bottling Company in Miami in 1907. Mr. Buckner served 19 years as the president of the Florida Coca Cola Bottling Company, expanding its holdings from one bottling plant in Jacksonville to 14 plants statewide. Mr. Buckner and his wife, Loca Lee Buckner, College Trustee, were lifelong supporters of Florida Southern College. Upon Mrs. Buckner’s death in 1966, her bequest to Florida Southern was at that time the largest gift ever made to higher education in the state of Florida. In tribute to the Buckner’s lifelong commitment and generosity to Florida Southern College, the former Roux Library was renamed the Thad M. Buckner Building and the College Theatre was named the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre.
Emile E. Watson Scholarship
From $7,500 to $12,000 per year
One of the nation’s foremost actuaries, Emile Watson, was a pioneer in the field of workman’s compensation and unemployment compensation insurance and internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in insurance statistics. In the addition to his insurance career, Mr. Watson was the author of extensive patriotic writings designed to educate Americans on his profession and the enormous power of education and faith. Emile Watson was awarded a citation for distinguished service in advancing education in the United States by Florida Southern College President Dr. Ludd M. Spivey at the dedication of the new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building and additionally honored by the naming of its west building the Emile E. Watson Administration Building.
Edna Mae Pearce Lockett Scholarship
From $5,500 to $9,000 per year
The descendent of the first settlers along the Kissimmee River Ridge in the early 1800s, Edna Mae Pearce Lockett was a pioneer in her own right. A 1934 graduate of Florida Southern College, she was only the third woman in Florida history to be elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where she served her Highlands County constituents from 1949 to 1954. A 1998 inductee into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame, she managed the large family cattle ranch started by her grandfather and was an active member of the Highlands County and Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Besides her presidency of the Florida Southern College Alumni Association, Mrs. Lockett served her alma mater as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. In 1980, she was selected as the College’s 46th Honorary Chancellor. As part of the College’s Centennial celebration in 1985, Mrs. Lockett donated the bell tower and carillon in the center of campus as well as the Garden of the Presidents in honor of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Sidney Pearce. Mrs. Lockett’s mother, Mellie Virginia Hollingsworth Pearce, was a cousin of Florida Southern College’s first president, Joshua Hollingsworth.
You will be considered automatically for these scholarships when you apply for admission.