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Jeremie Border

As a student at McMurry University, Jeremie Border’s (’06) engaging personality and rugged determination helped him succeed both in the classroom and in his many extracurricular activities. He honed his leadership skills as a resident assistant and was active in the Servant Leadership Program. 

His work ethic was demonstrated on the football field as a varsity athlete. He was a fun-loving and friendly guy and active in Makona Men’s Social Club. His involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was an outlet for sharing his Christian faith. His commitment to making each day count resulted in his being named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Border developed his sense of purpose and strong work ethic early in life. He held several jobs while in high school and still found time to participate in athletics and work toward his Eagle Scout badge, which he earned while at McMurry.

“He worked hard for everything he received,” said his mother, Mary Border, who raised Jeremie as a single parent. “He didn’t have it easy growing up.”

After graduation, this same commitment to a life of meaning led him to enlist in the United States Army. His leadership potential was quickly recognized and he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

SSgt. Border was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 1, 2012 while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. He epitomized servant leadership at McMurry as a student and he epitomized servant leadership as a Green Beret who earned the Bronze Star with Valor for the many lives he saved on the day he made the ultimate sacrifice.

Jeremie Border’s life was one of service to his fellow man—to his sister DeLaynie and his mother, Mary; to his fellow students at a university where he was accepting of others and would willingly help those in need; to his comrades whose lives he placed above his own; and to his country in a fight for freedom and the greater good. 

Those he served and loved have chosen to pay tribute to this true American hero through the endowment of a scholarship in his name. The Jeremie Border Endowed Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the fall of 2015 and will continue well past the life span of all who knew and loved Border.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who exemplifies Border’s servant leadership both in the classroom and through campus wide extra-curricular activities.

“It makes me very proud. Jeremie loved McMurry and loved his life there,” said Mary Border. “He fit in really well at McMurry, so having a scholarship for future students in his name is quite an honor.”