The Dr. Jerry T. and Candice T. Justus Endowed Scholarship in Biology was recently established by 1957 alumnus Jerry Justus and his wife Candice to reward and encourage promising biology students at Franklin College.
Jerry Justus became interested in Franklin College through several family members who attended the college, including his mother, Harriet McFarren Justus, his father, Harry V. Justus, his grandfather, Harry A. McFarren, and his uncle, Robert McFarren. This scholarship also serves to honor these strong family ties. Jerry’s grandfather instilled in him a strong philanthropic spirit by his own example of funding a Franklin College scholarship.
A native of Peru, Indiana, Jerry graduated from Franklin College then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. He spent 25 years teaching developmental biology and physiology at Arizona State University and an additional four years teaching pathophysiology and microbiology to nursing students at Grand Canyon University. Candice grew up in Michigan City, Indiana, and followed an older brother to Arizona State University, where she met Jerry.
As loyal supporters of Franklin College for many decades, Jerry and Candice wanted to celebrate science education and undergraduate research with a scholarship that would help attract and retain science students at Franklin College.
“Franklin College prepared me well for advanced degrees in biology and almost three decades of teaching at the university level,” said Justus. “Mostly, however, Franklin College and the faculty allowed me to become what I am today.”
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Jul 22, 2019