Jacki Tuckfield, a champion of diversity, was an Assistant Project Manager for the Codina Development Corporation when she passed away suddenly in 1997 at age 25. Her parents, Drs. Jack and Gloria Tuckfield, established this graduate business tuition scholarship Fund as a strategy to carry forward their daughter's vision of improved diversity of career professionals in the executive, administrative, and managerial levels of the South Florida workforce.
This Fund provides financial aid to African-American South Florida residents who are enrolled in master's and doctoral degree business programs at a Florida university during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer term of the 2009-2010 academic year. The applicant must plan to pursue his/her professional career in South Florida.
Since its inception, JTMGBSF has granted 256 scholarships (totaling $261,000) to graduate business students attending eleven Florida universities: Barry University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, Saint Thomas University, The University of Central Florida, The University of Florida and The University of Miami.
For the 2009-2010 academic year the Fund will grant $40,000 in $1,000 awards.
(left to right) Anna Lopez, Assistant to the President, Robert G. Ferranti, President,
Codina Development Corporation; Drs. Gloria and Jack Tuckfield, Jacki's Parents