Jack M. and Erma J. Byrum Endowed Scholarship
Franklin College football brought Jack and Erma Byrum together. As a student-athlete, Jack attended many pre-game meals at Snyder's, Franklin's local restaurant. Erma, a high school girl from Trafalgar, worked at the restaurant and often served the college football players. On his way out of the restaurant one day, Jack left Erma a 25 cent tip and Erma knew this rich man was for her. Little did she now that it was Jack's last quarter! Shortly thereafter, Jack began to work at the same restaurant and their romance flourished. They were married in 1950 and are parents of three children: Kathy, David and Doug. After graduating from Franklin College with a degree in Chemistry in 1951, Jack began his lifelong career with Eli Lilly & Company as an associate analytical chemist. His managerial skills took them many places, including Ireland, where they lived for serval years. Jack retired as general manager, Clinton Labs, in Clinton, Indiana. Throughout the years, the Byrums' generosity has been evident. They have unselfishly supported their church, friends, strangers and Franklin College. It is their desire to help make a Franklin College education affordable to those students who may not be qualified for a traditional academic scholarship but demonstrate the potential to be successful. Established in December 2007, the Jack M. and Erma J. Byrum Endowed Scholarship is a fitting tribute to this extraordinary couple.
Students not in the top 20% of their high school graduating class will be shown first consideration. The scholarship may be renewed annually, provided the student maintains good academic standing and continued financial need.