"Jerms" McGraw Second Chance Scholarship

Honor PBA alum/Marine Sgt. Jeremiah McGraw with gift to scholarhip fund.

Head and shoulders photo of Lt. Jerms McGraw in Marine dress uniform.In memory of U.S. Marine Corps. 2nd Lt. Jeremiah McGraw ’09 ORM, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association offers the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship. 

Known by his nickname “Jerms,” Lt. McGraw was a student in the MacArthur School of Leadership at PBA, while serving as a Marine reservist, part of the 4th ANGLICO unit in West Palm Beach. Lt. McGraw died on Sept. 10, 2009 during a training exercise in Central Florida while serving his country. He was 22. 

Just prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from PBA.

“Jerms was known for his willingness to help anyone, anytime, anywhere,” said his father, Tim McGraw.

“In keeping with his heart, we are directing that this scholarship be awarded to students who are dealing with significant setbacks in their lives and are in need of a helping hand to make a fresh start — in other words, students who need a second chance.”

To support the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship, donate online or mail your donation to:

Palm Beach Atlantic University, Development Office
P.O. Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708.

Please make checks payable to Palm Beach Atlantic University (memo: Jerms McGraw Scholarship/EDU); or donate (below) via credit card or PayPal.

From Parents Tim and Juanita McGraw

"We cannot begin to express adequate thanks for the outpouring of love and support we have received. (An) opportunity to honor "Jerms," as we always called him, has presented itself, and we would like to share that with you. It is the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Just prior to his death in 2009, "Jerms" earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from PBA. He was due to walk at the December commencement services. Instead, Juanita received his PBA diploma posthumously to a standing ovation.

Shortly thereafter we were approached by the school on behalf of alumni who wanted to extend his legacy further by establishing an endowed scholarship fund in his honor.

... We believe this scholarship fund is another of God’s provisions to share "Jerms’" faith — and his compassion — for years to come.

Thank you for the prayers, love and numerous other expressions of support. Please know that we do not desire for anyone to feel obligated to contribute toward this scholarship fund. However, if you feel that this is a meaningful and appropriate way to express your feelings for Jeremy and to continue his legacy, we deeply appreciate your participation."