The Lex Hester Memorial Scholarship Review Committee was created by Ordinance 2002-671-E and Executive Order 2018-03 in memory of former City of Jacksonville Chief Administrative Officer, Lewis Alexander (Lex) Hester. The committee is charged with disbursing funds from the interest earned on the trust fund account to deserving and qualified University of North Florida students seeking careers in public administration. The Lex Hester Endowed Fellowship for Public Administration is a competitive award to an outstanding student in the University of North Florida MPA program. The scholarship is posted at

Committee Members

  • Sam Mousa, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Jacksonville - chair
  • Tracey Hester Flynn, Hester family member
  • James Croft, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, City of Jacksonville
  • Dr. Charles Moreland, Director of Community Affairs, City of Jacksonville
  • Kristen Reed, Chief of Community Planning, Planning & Development Department, City of Jacksonville
  • Shari Shuman, Vice President of Administration & Finance, University of North Florida
Committee Staff: Marlene Russell, (904) 255-5010,

Meeting Information


Meeting Date


Oct. 23, 2018 10-23-18 Notice, 10-23-18 Agenda & Minutes
Jan. 25, 2019 1-25-19 Notice, 1-25-19 Agenda & Minutes
April 10, 2019 4-10-19 Notice, 4-10-19 Agenda & Minutes
Nov. 22, 2019 11-22-19 Notice, 11-22-19 Agenda & Minutes

Scholarship Application Process

To be eligible for the scholarship, all applicants must complete the online form below, including an essay response to the provided questions and a letter of recommendation. All submissions will be evaluated by the Lex Hester Memorial Scholarship Review Committee, who will provide award recommendations to the Mayor. The scholarship must be used for tuition and fee expenses only for the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of North Florida. There will be no reimbursement of residual funds.


The following criteria shall be used in evaluating candidates for Scholarship awards (Executive Order No. 2018-03):
  • Submission of a complete and timely application from applicants seeking an award.
  • Current residence in Duval County.
  • Acceptance into, or current enrollment in, the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of North Florida.
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher as an undergraduate student or as a current graduate student.
  • Submission of responses (in essay form) to written questions, including: Why the course of study was chosen; why public service is important; why public administration studies are important; why the Scholarship is important.

Scholarship Application

The deadline for scholarship applications is now closed.