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NFCC announces call for nominations of Jenyethel Merritt Award

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To commemorate Black History Month and Women’s History Month, NFCC is seeking nominations from the public for the 2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service.  The award will go to a local African-American woman who lives in NFCC’s six-county district – Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee or Taylor County – and has made significant contributions to her community.

Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, March 11.  A committee of students, faculty and staff will review nominations and make the selection. The award recipient and nominees will be honored at a reception planned for this summer at NFCC.

The late Jenyethel Merritt was president of Suwannee River Junior College, an African-American junior college established by the Florida legislature in 1958 and located in Madison.  SRJC operated from 1959 until 1966 when it merged with NFCC, then North Florida Junior College. Merritt was Florida’s first woman president of a public community college. She was reputed to be a strong leader who promoted positive college-town relations.

NOMINATIONS for the Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service should be in the form of a letter and include the following information:

Brief explanation of why person is deserving of the award (no more than one page).

Brief outline of nominee’s personal background, education, achievements, and/or contributions to education, civic affairs or business relations (no more than one page). Please DO NOT include attachments, photos, clippings or other materials.

Name, address, and contact information of nominating person or organization.

Nominations will be accepted in the following ways:

MAIL nominations to the Jenyethel Merritt Award Committee, NFCC Office of College Advancement, North Florida Community College, 325 NW Turner Davis Drive, Madison, Fl.   32340

EMAIL nominations to

IN PERSON - deliver nominations to the NFCC College Advancement Office (Bldg. 2, NFCC campus), 325 NW Turner Davis Drive, Madison, Fl.  32340.

The call for nominations kicks off NFCC’s yearlong celebration of SRJC and is among activities happening throughout the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of SRJC’s 1966 merger with NFCC. Visit for more information about SRJC’s history and upcoming events and activities NFCC has planned to celebrate SRJC and its alumni in 2016.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 Jenyethel Merritt Award for Civic Service is Friday, March 11. For more information, contact Kim Scarboro at (850) 973-1613, email or visit

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