Free Enterprise Ideals Reinforced Through Scholarships

Palm Beach Atlantic University recognized three business students with scholarships at its American Free Enterprise Day ceremonies Nov. 8.

This year marked the 27th year of the event, which honors community business leaders who put into practice the principles of free enterprise in their lives and careers. It also has become a day to encourage future business leaders by conferring scholarships.

Rebecca Doxey of George Town, Grand Cayman, was awarded the Col. Marty Trauger Scholarship. Doxey, a senior, is majoring in management. The scholarship honors Col. Trauger, the late professor emeritus of business administration in PBA’s Rinker School of Business.

Col. Trauger spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1970 as a colonel and deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va. He then launched a new career at Palm Beach Atlantic as an assistant professor of business administration, teaching economics and marketing, while serving as the director of financial aid. Col. Trauger designed PBA’s course in American Free Enterprise. He was named distinguished professor of business administration in 1988 and, in 1991, he became professor emeritus of business administration.

Noah Buccio of Hyde Park, N.Y., was awarded the James & Annie Erneston Scholarship. Buccio is a junior who is majoring in accounting. The scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Scalici, ’95/’96, in recognition of the Ernestons’ good works, generosity and faithfulness.

The Ernestons themselves were honored during the 2010 American Free Enterprise event as companion medalists. James Erneston is a founder and the president of J & J Produce Inc., a year-round grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables along the East Coast. He and Annie, his wife of 45 years, grew J & J Produce into the institution it is today.

Headquartered in Loxahatchee, Fla., J & J operates five warehouse locations throughout the Southeast and has the capacity to serve most of the United States. The company represents other growers in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and works closely with farming partners in Honduras, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The Ernestons are supporters of Heath Evans Foundation, Glades Outreach, Urban Youth Impact and The King’s Academy.

Maria Berrios of Juticalpa, Olancho in Honduras was awarded the Southern Self Storage Scholarship. Berrios is a senior who is double majoring in management and marketing. The scholarship was established by Southern Self Storage owners Robert A. McIntosh and Peter V. Cowie, who received PBA’s American Free Enterprise Companion Medal in 1999.