Inaugural Jimmie R. Alford Scholarship is Awarded

L-R: Maree G. Bullock, Mina Escutia-Ramos, and Jimmie R. Alford

CHICAGO, IL (September 18, 2007) - A new scholarship honoring the nonprofit career of Jimmie R. Alford, LL.D., LH.D., a 1966 graduate of North Park University, has been awarded for the first time, to a student in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management.

Scholarship recipient Mina Escutia-Ramos is working toward her Master's of Management in Nonprofit Administration (MMNA) with 15 years prior management experience, primarily in community healthcare centers serving low-income families. Mina says, "I feel honored and blessed to have been awarded this scholarship." Once she has received her MMNA, Mina plans to work for a nonprofit organization, preferably in a community health care facility, in a managerial role. Her goal, long-term, is to run a nonprofit health center for low-income families. The Alford Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the graduate program in nonprofit management with an overall undergraduate grade point average of B or better.

Alford, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from North Park in 2006, founded The Alford Group, a consulting firm dedicated to "strengthening not-for-profits" 28 years ago. Since that time, his firm has grown to serve clients nation-wide, and he has twice been recognized by The Nonprofit Times as one of the most influential people in the nonprofit sector.

The Alford Group helped to establish the annual Axelson Center Symposium in 2000, and the awards given at that symposium for nonprofit managerial excellence are named the Alford-Axelson Awards. The scholarship in his name was created and funded by staff members of The Alford Group, family members including his wife, Maree G. Bullock, and friends. Mr. Alford remains closely tied to North Park University, teaches as an adjunct faculty member and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.