Vandebilt University has announced a new scholarship in memory of Taylor Force, 28, an American student of the university who was murdered earlier this month by an Arab terrorist in Jaffa (Yafo) during a school trip to Israel.
The Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship, announced by the university last Friday, is meant to help military academy graduates at the Owen Graduate School of Management, where Force began studying for his MBA in August 2015 before being tragically murdered.
Force was murdered during a stabbing spree in which ten other people were wounded as well, before the terrorist was shot and killed by police volunteers. The American tourist became the 34th victim murdered in the current wave of Arab terror that has plagued the Jewish state since last September.
After graduating from West Point in 2009, Force served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then began studying at Vanderbilt University. He was in Israel on a school trip studying global entrepreneurship.
Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced the scholarship last Friday during a memorial service held on campus for the terror victim.
“Taylor embodied all that we strive for at Vanderbilt: excellence, service to society, leadership and generosity of spirit. In honor of Taylor’s compassionate empowering of others and the value he placed on education, we are creating the Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship,” Zeppos said.
“This scholarship is designed to support fellow West Point and other academy graduates who, like Taylor, have demonstrated their abilities and commitment to leadership and service. The Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship ensures that the impact he had on us will continue to inspire future generations of students.”
First preference for the scholarship is to be given to graduates of West Point, and after them will come graduates of the US Air Force.
In a press release on Friday, Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management, spoke about the new scholarship.
“For many years, we have actively recruited veterans of the United States Armed Forces to Owen because of their remarkable leadership, their maturity, and their deep-seated understanding that we can only accomplish greatness by leaving our egos at the door. Taylor was the perfect example of why we value such students so highly,” said Johnson.
“This scholarship is a wonderful way to support men and women who, like Taylor, put others first and make our community stronger, smarter and better by building on their military experience with an advanced degree.”