Thomas Burns Douglass, Christy Douglass & William B. Douglass Memorial Fund
Thomas Douglass was a promising Franklin College student, preparing to head out into the post-graduation world. He had transferred to Franklin College from another school, and quickly adapted to life on the campus. He was on the tennis team and the yearbook staff and was an officer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In February of his senior year, he died from a heart attack. In establishing the scholarship in honor of Mr. Douglass, his family was touched by the "True Gentleman" code of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The code encourages members to treat others with respect, to think before acting and to maintain honor. The scholarship (which bears Mr. Douglass' name along with those of his sister and father) encourages recipients to live up to that code.
A committee made up of the president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the fraternity's faculty advisor and the dean of students will select the recipient from the membership of SAE. The student must exemplify the ideals of the fraternity's "True Genteman" code.