Samford Names 21 John Howard Scholars
The John Howard Scholars program, like the college itself, takes its name from the English reformer John Howard. Born on September 2, 1726, Howard led an unremarkable life as a country squire in Bedfordshire until he was elected as the county sheriff. He was outraged to learn that some prison inmates were held captive even after they were found innocent because they could not afford the jailer’s fee.
Howard made it his life work to survey the jails of Europe in an attempt to bring public attention to the shameful treatment of prisoners. He died in 1790 in the Ukraine during an inspection of the prisons and military hospitals in Eastern Europe. His life became a model of Christian compassion for society’s outcasts, and a statue in St. Paul’s Cathedral was raised in his honor. Fifty years after his death, a group of Alabama Baptists decided to name their new college in honor of this great humanitarian.
One of the projects of the first class of John Howard Scholars was to raise funds for a statue of John Howard, which was unveiled during Samford’s 175th anniversary celebrations and stands inside the main entrance of Brooks Hall.
The 2017-18 Howard Scholars are:
Lillie Baggett (biology) of Clarksville, Tennessee
Sydney Berry (English) of Cordova, Tennessee
Spencer Bissell (history / Classics) of Marietta, Georgia
Zoe Cruz (English / Psychology)
Claire Davis (English / Classics)
Catherine Doerger (international relations / Global Studies) of Knoxville, Tennessee
Gabriela Hoefer (psychology) of Hartford, Connecticut
Lydia Johnson (communication studies) of Louisville, Kentucky
Morgan Johnson (journalism and mass communication / Spanish) of Stone of Mountain, Georgia
Dallas Knight (history / classics) of Albany, Georgia
Robert Lee (biochemistry / chemistry) of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Ashley Mealins (sociology / religion) of Columbiana, Alabama
Jonathan Punt (religion) of Tavares, Florida
Leisl Seigler (communication studies) of Hendersonville, North Carolina
Victoria Shelton (journalism and mass communication) of Fort Worth, Texas
Jared Skinner (history) of Jacksonville, Florida
Claudia Stephens (biochemistry / pre-health) of Brownsboro, Alabama
Emily Thorington (English / history) of Tampa, Florida
Emily Van Dyke (English) of Court Allen, Texas
Garrett Van Dyke (physics) of Fleming Island, Florida
Emily Youree (English)
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.