|Scholarship recipients Danielle Courtney (from left), Rebekah Bouch and Hillary Wragg with 2011 American Free Enterprise medalist H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr.|
Palm Beach Atlantic University recognized three business students with scholarships at American Free Enterprise Day ceremonies on Nov. 7.
This year marked the 26th 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.
Rebekah Bouch of Oviedo was awarded the Col. Marty Trauger Scholarship. 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.
Bouch, a senior, is majoring in marketing and minoring in dance.
Hillary Wragg of Ventura, Calif., was awarded the James & Annie Erneston Scholarship. 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.
Wragg is a senior who is majoring in accounting.
Danielle Courtney of Wilbraham, Mass., was awarded the Southern Self Storage Scholarship. 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.
Courtney is a senior who is majoring in marketing and minoring in psychology.