Seeking to honor a cherished family member, Dr. Larry A. Robinson, retired Provost Emeritus, and Dr. Renee Robinson, current professor and program director, announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship at Seton Hall University in the College of Communication and the Arts. This endowed scholarship honors the memory, service and ultimate sacrifice of PFC Joe Max Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Robinson and uncle of Dr. Larry Robinson. PFC Robinson was serving with Company "C" of the 8th Cavalry Regiment when he was killed in action in North Korea on June 16, 1951, one day short of his 20th birthday. Joe Max's tour of service was concluding, and his return home was scheduled for July.
Provost Emeritus Robinson notes that, "Our hope is to create a way to honor Joe Max's service and a memory of his sacrifice. Seton Hall University is founded upon service to others and represents hope, promise and, above all, faith in the future. Our faculty daily demonstrates that commitment in preparing our students and investing their time, energy and efforts in making the world a better place. Consequently, I can think of no better way to honor my uncle's memory than impacting the future of Seton Hall students while serving our academic community and giving students an opportunity to benefit from the Seton Hall faculty and my uncle's ultimate sacrifice through service."
PFC Joe Max Robinson
The Joe Max Robinson Endowed Scholarship honors PFC Robinson's service and sacrifice by creating educational opportunities in his memory. Although he died at an early age and was denied the opportunity to attend college or seek professional success, this endowed scholarship allows PFC Robinson’s memory to be a part of the educational, professional and personal endeavors and successes that undergraduate communication majors will encounter in their lifetimes.
"No gift is more meaningful than establishing an endowed scholarship in honor of a loved one," said Deirdre Yates, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts. "Sustaining PFC Joe Max Robinson's memory by enabling students to follow dreams he never had the opportunity to pursue is both poignant and inspirational. In memorializing Larry's uncle through this Endowed Scholarship, Larry and Renee have ensured that his legacy will also open doors for future generations of deserving students."
This gift from the Robinsons will allow the University to offer a partial scholarship to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the B.A. in Communication program or the B.A. Communication/M.A. Communication dual-degree program in the College of Communication and the Arts. Eligibility for this scholarship is based on merit and need and it will be awarded annually.
Professor Robinson states, "As a Seton Hall faculty member, I am deeply honored and privileged to work with students daily. The ability to belong to a new College of Communication and the Arts, direct a new graduate program (M.A. Communication) and to create opportunities for students to succeed is beyond rewarding. I am inspired by my Seton Hall colleagues and the role they play in shaping, influencing and, in many instances, helping students recognize the potential and power they possess as active agents in this world. Given what I have observed in Seton Hall faculty and students, endowing the Joe Max Robinson Scholarship was a way that Larry and I could invest in our academic community and reinforce our confidence in and commitment to students and faculty alike. We, too, are fortunate to have this opportunity."
The Joe Max Robinson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to its first recipient in Fall 2019. Application link can be found here »