JU Public Policy Institute Receives Support for Faculty For Three Years


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Jacksonville University’s new Public Policy Institute, which will admit its first students in fall 2013, will receive $152,167 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to help underwrite the costs of faculty during the Institute’s first three years.

The grant to JU was made by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund trustees at their fourth-quarter meeting.

With development of the Public Policy Institute, Jacksonville University will be the first institution in Florida to offer a Master of Public Policy degree. In addition, the program will offer three joint degrees:

  • Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctorate with the Florida Coastal School of Law;
  • Master of Public Policy/Master of Business administration with JU’s Davis College of Business;
  • Master of Public Policy/ Master of Science in Marine Science with JU’s Marine Science Research Institute.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant will help the university support faculty costs until enrollment reaches capacity and the program becomes self-sustaining.

The trustees also awarded $100,000 to Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida, to support the Jacksonville Commitment, a partnership among Edward Waters, the University of North Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Jacksonville University to encourage college-going among low-income students in Jacksonville.

Through the Jacksonville Commitment, students identified as Jacksonville Commitment Scholars at five area high schools (Raines, Ribault, Terry Parker, Englewood and Lee) receive support from counselors to help them progress academically, apply for college, obtain financial support for college and access college support and retention services.

The grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund will help underwrite the cost of these counselors, enabling the program to add a third counselor to serve students.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity through grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $264 million and has awarded more than $318 million in grants since 1977.


Sherry Magill, president
904-353-0890 / smagill@dupontfund.org

Mary Kress Littlepage, KBT & Associates
904-616-0050 / mekl@comcast.net