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Spring Hill College Announces First Recipient of Zarzaur Law, P.A. Endowed Scholarship.

January 24, 2019 – Spring Hill College is honored to announce Nora Brooks as the first recipient of the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a junior who exemplifies attributes of an emerging leader.

The Zarzaur Law Scholarship was established in the spring of 2018 year by Pensacola, Florida personal injury lawyer Joe Zarzaur at his 25th Class Reunion. While a student at Spring Hill College, Zarzaur was a student government leader who developed a commitment to service for others. His law firm supports numerous causes in the Pensacola/Northwest Florida area seeking to provide a better life for the injured victims and those killed by the negligence of others.

“Spring Hill is a special place for me and created some of the most endearing, intellectual and personal relationships any person could have.” Zarzaur said.

Ms. Brooks, an academic all-star basketball player from St. Louis, Mo. moved south to “The Hill” to pursue a career in basketball, but when multiple stress fractures in her feet suddenly ended her career, her plans shifted.

“I realized Spring Hill was brought into my life for a different reason,” Brooks said. “In the spring of my freshman year I quit basketball per the recommendations of my doctors and joined a sorority. Around the same time I joined the inaugural Business Club executive board. I ended the chapter of basketball in my life, but little did I know my Spring Hill College story was only just beginning.”

Brooks is now the president of the Business Club, a cabinet member of the SGA where she and the president have exciting plans for campus, vice president of her sorority leading recruitment efforts, a member of the Foley Center for service, all while achieving a high GPA with a business major in management and marketing and a minor in graphic design.

Brooks credits her love of Spring Hill to others who have taught her how to find and live out her passions. “Mr. Mark Foster’s enthusiasm inspires me to be a better student and to show up each and every day ready and willing to learn something new. Mrs. Nicole Larriviere reminds me there is nothing that I cannot do once I set my mind to it. Professor Rachael Hatley helps me look at the whole process not the end results and encourages a little laughter along the way.”

“The selection committee for the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Endowed Scholarship recognized Nora’s confidence, creativity, innovation, and passion for the mission of Spring Hill College and believes her leadership and communication skills will impact the SHC community for years to come,” added Catherine Vulevich, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.

“I now know that I ended up at Spring Hill College to grow as a leader, a woman of character and faith, and to support and inspire others the way I have been supported and inspired by those at Spring Hill,” Brooks concluded.

About the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Endowed Scholarship:

Joe Zarzaur of Pensacola, Fla. is a 1993 graduate of Spring Hill College and values the leadership roles he had through the Student Government Association where he served first as chair of the entertainment committee and then as SGA president. Zarzaur and his firm established a generous scholarship for deserving students seeking the transformational Jesuit education Spring Hill College provides. Zarzaur Law, P.A.’s investment provides support for current students as well as an endowment that will allow the scholarship to grow and serve students in perpetuity.
The goal of the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Endowed Scholarship is to inspire students to focus on traits such as decisiveness, accountability, confidence, and inspiration. He is actively contributing to help build the next great generation of leaders for the College and for the communities for which they will serve after graduation. A servant leader for today and for tomorrow.