Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Jesse B. Smith

Jesse B. Smith was a longtime point man for Jacksonville's economic development initiatives under four mayors.

The most notable work of this outstanding public official took place during his appointment as Deputy Director of the Planning and Development Department of the city from 1990-1995. During this time, he was a key organizer of many of the city's efforts to attract new businesses and was very successful in obtaining state and federal assistance.

The Scholarship

Purpose 

Aid in tuition expenses of four-year undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in city planning, urban studies, public administration or related field.

Eligibility Requirements

Any resident of Duval County or any area of Jacksonville, including Baldwin, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, who is currently enrolled in or has been accepted into any higher education institution located in the county.

Availability

Scholarships may be awarded to a maximum of two (2) recipients for the upcoming academic year.

Application Requirements

Applications for the Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship for FY 2017-2018 must be received by the Planning and Development Department no later than Friday, May 19, 2017.

Complete and proper submission of the application and all its components are required before consideration will be made, including academic standing, extracurricular involvement and letters of reference.

Click here for a copy of the 2017-2018 Scholarship Application (pdf file)

You may also call (904) 255-7812 to request an application via mail or stop by the following location:

Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship Review Committee
Planning and Development Department
Office of the Director
214 North Hogan Street, Suite 300
Ed Ball Building
Jacksonville, FL 32202

For more information regarding the scholarship application, please call (904) 255-7812, or email PMalice@coj.net.

2017-2018 Academic Year Recipient

Sherri Ann Jackson, a student at University of North Florida, is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree.

Planning and Development Department Director William B. Killingsworth is presenting Sherri Ann Jackson a $1,000 scholarship check for the 2017-2018 academic year from the Jesse B. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.