The Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship was created in memory of U.S. Marine Corps. 2nd Lt. Jeremiah McGraw ’09 ORM.
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 at age 22.
Just prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management
from PBA. He was due to walk at the December commencement services. Instead, his mother,
Juanita, received his PBA diploma posthumously to a standing ovation.
“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.”