The Florence Ross Scholarship for Global Peace

Florence Ross' (1919-2011) motto was to "Live a full life, no matter your age." To those who knew her, she exemplified this. As a woman of strong Jewish faith, and a passionate advocate for world peace and issues facing the elderly, Ross was an active volunteer and major mover on local, national and international levels. She lobbied, protested, and was even arrested for standing up for the causes she believed in. Ross met her heroine, Eleanor Roosevelt, on several occasions, and in the 1980s was dubbed the ``Grandmother of the World'' for boldly challenging Soviet and U.S. officials to collaborate at a Citizen Summit held in the Soviet Union.

At NSU, Ross accomplished an important personal goal. "All my life, I wanted to be a scholar. One of my most important life lessons is that an opportunity postponed is not necessarily an opportunity denied." At the age of 81, she enrolled at NSU. Upon graduation, she was one of the oldest students ever to receive a doctoral degree.

After graduating, Ross (Ph.D. '01) wanted to leave her mark on NSU. In lieu of graduation gifts, Ross began asking her loved ones to help her give a gift to future NSU students who want to pursue an education. She established The Florence Ross Scholarship for Global Peace, which provides financial assistance to doctoral students enrolled in the Conflict Analysis and Resolution program at NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She explained, "If we are going to solve the world's problems, we need competent leaders.''

NSU's Board of Trustees has identified scholarships like The Florence Ross Scholarship for Global Peace, which assist our undergraduate and graduate students, as the principal priority for philanthropic support to advance Vision 2020. As NSU moves forward with our single, shared vision for the continued growth and success of our university, we count upon the generosity of individuals like Florence Ross who give of their time, talent and treasure.

To make your contribution to the Florence Ross Scholarship for Global Peace, please contact Susie Marshall at 954-262-3014 or