University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

December 7, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

Family of Late USA Trustee Donates Scholarship in His Memory
Jack R. Brunson Memorial Scholarship will target nontraditional students

Jack Rushing Brunson
Jack R. Brunson
The family of a late chairman of the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees and former mayor of Elba has created an endowed scholarship at USA in his memory.

Jack Rushing Brunson of Elba died in March at age 77. He was a longtime member of the USA Board of Trustees, serving continuously since being appointed in 1989 by then-Governor Guy Hunt. Brunson led the board as chairman from 1998 to 2001. The Jack R. Brunson Memorial Scholarship will target nontraditional students when it begins next fall.   

“Jack Brunson gave freely of his time and resources to the University of South Alabama,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “This scholarship will honor his memory, and we thank his family for continuing the Brunson tradition of support for USA and its students.”

Brunson was a graduate of Starke Military School in Montgomery, attended Troy State College, and earned a business degree from the University of Alabama. He began his career with National Security Insurance Company of Elba in 1953 and was chief executive of The National Security Group at the time of his retirement in 1999. He is a former mayor of Elba and was a Dale Carnegie instructor for many years.

His son, Jack Edward Brunson, said the family knew the scholarship would be something his father would have wanted. He said the family thought an endowed scholarship for nontraditional students would be a fitting tribute to the late Brunson, who took a break from college courses to serve in the military. The Brunsons’ $50,000 gift to the University will fund the scholarship.

“There’s not a lot made available to help older, returning students,” said Jack E. Brunson. “We thought it would be good to make something available to someone who didn’t have any assistance.”

The scholarship is part of the University’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign that seeks to raise $75 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction over the next three years. Campaign USA was launched in March and, to date, has raised $44.7 million. The late Brunson had planned to serve on the Campaign USA leadership team.

Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations at USA, said the Brunson gift is very important to the University and the Campaign.

“As an urban institution, the University always serves a significant population of nontraditional students,” Busta said. “This scholarship will address a great need for these good students who are most likely having to support a family and work to earn a degree.”

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs, a University archives building and campus bell tower.
The campaign is led by some 50 outstanding local and national business leaders.

For information on Campaign USA, go to or call (251) 460-7032.
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