This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Jerry V. Glover (Col ’83, Darden ’88) and to perpetuate his remarkable legacy. Jerry won the admiration of the University of Virginia community for significant contributions in several areas of University life and excelled in all of them. This scholarship perpetuates the spirit and legacy of a most loyal and distinguished alumnus.
The Jerry V. Glover Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an entering University of Virginia student who resides in the Lynchburg, Virginia Alumni Club region. Selection will be based upon a demonstrated record of academic and athletic achievement, as well as the qualities of leadership and citizenship envisioned by the University’s founder, Thomas Jefferson. Consideration will be given to financial need, and it is hoped that this scholarship will allow a student of exceptional promise but limited financial means additional support to attend the University of Virginia. Recipients will be selected by a committee of Jerry’s family, friends. The scholarship will be for $10,000 to be applied to tuition, room and board and will be renewable each year of the recipient’s undergraduate career, provided he or she continues to achieve academically and continues to demonstrate leadership and good citizenship.
A graduate of Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, Jerry earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Virginia where he had a very distinguished career, including being a starter on the University’s football team. Jerry was a member of a number of academic and honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, Raven Society, IMP and the 13 Society. In his fourth year, Jerry was a Lawn resident. To live in a room on the Lawn is a privilege reserved for outstanding fourth-year students. Thomas Jefferson called the Lawn, and the buildings he designed to surround it, his “Academical Village.” Jerry also was the recipient of the prestigious Gray-Carrington Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding member of the third-year class. After earning his undergraduate degree (’83), Jerry was admitted to UVA’s Darden Business School where he served as the student representative on the University’s Board of Visitors and earned an M.B.A. in 1988. Upon graduation from Darden, Jerry was awarded a Luce Scholarship by the Henry Luce Foundation to work and study in Taiwan for a year. The program’s purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.
A successful media and broadcast executive, Jerry worked for some of the biggest companies in the industry. His work included: launching The Travel Channel throughout Europe from 1993–96; being a founding executive at Granada Sky Broadcasting from 1996-97 where he planned and launched four channels and the first ever masthead TV programs in the UK with Good Housekeeping and Zest magazines; and becoming Managing Director of National Geographic Channel Europe in 1997, which became known as the world’s fastest growing channel reaching 17 million subscribers in 32 countries in nine languages in just over a year. In 1999 he moved to the new media industry as Commercial Director of Yahoo! Europe and was Senior Vice President of Interactive Marketing for AOL Europe from April 2001 until he lost his life in a tragic accident in December 2001, at the young age of 40.
Jerry remained active in the UVA community serving as president of the Atlanta and London chapters of the Alumni Association. He was also a member of the University’s Seven Society, which distinguishes itself through anonymous philanthropic donations.
The 2017 Jerry V. Glover Memorial Scholar is J. Emory Willoughby. The next time this scholarship will be awarded is in 2021 following Emory’s graduation.