Erno Davis Scholarship Fund

Erno-Davis_ScholarshipErno L. Davis was born May 17, 1950 in Yulee, FL. His childhood educational experiences began at Bryant Academy where he was a star student. He earned his high school diploma from Peck High School, Fernandina Beach, FL.

Erno began his collegiate studies at Allen University. He later matriculated to Savannah State University and earned his BA Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from Savannah State, Erno made a full circle by joining the faculty of Bryant Academy, in Yulee, FL. His aspiration to teach was suspended at a point in time where he felt the need to become the primary caretaker for his mom and dad whom he held dedication, loyalty and unconditional love. After the demise of both parents, Erno became employed by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) as a Correctional Officer. He was highly respected as one of the “finest and best” within this demanding and challenging service to the community. He was employed by JSO for 25 years prior to retiring.

Erno enjoyed spending time with his loving and devoted wife Betty, family members and friends. He lived his life based on Acts 20:35, “…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” You would often find Erno cooking huge meals and literally serving his family and friends. His favorite pastimes were reading autobiographies, poetry, entertaining, cooking, politics and sports.

Erno was extremely proud of his hometown, Yulee, its rich history, its people and its heritage. He was called by God to his eternal home, September 5, 2017.


Scholarship Eligibility

  • Lives in Duval or Nassau County
  • Current 12th grader
  • Maintains a 2.5 (or better) GPA
  • Accepted into an HBCU
  • Elementary Education, Athletics or Law Enforcement major

Scholarship Selection

The organization will select 1 scholarship recipient in April of each year.  The recipient will receive $1,000 paid directly to the student.  Selection criteria will focus on academic ability and achievements, persistence and leadership abilities.  A rigorous application review includes:

  • A 1,000 word, original essay; highlighting candidate’s reasons for wanting to pursue a career in education or law enforcement, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to excellence.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one scholastic; one personal, non-family related)
  • School transcripts

Application Timeline

The application process is from March 1 – April 30.  The application, essay, letters of recommendation and transcript are due by April 30.  Scholarship semi-finalists will be notified by May 31.


How to Apply?

Click on the link below to download the application. Save the file on your desktop or USB. After completing and saving the application, click on the ‘Choose File’ button to locate and upload. The name and email fields are required fields.

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How to Donate?

To donate to the Erno Davis Scholarship Fund, click on the Donate Now button on the Home Page or make check payable to the AnnieRuth Foundation and mail it to:
P.O. Box 2726
Jacksonville, FL 32203
Memo: Erno Davis Scholarship Fund
*All donations are tax-deductible

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2019 Erno Davis Scholoarship Fund Application

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