J. Pollard Turman, a native of Atlanta, was a member of Emory's family and a guiding force at the University for more than fifty years. Throughout his life, Mr. Turman was an influential humanitarian. His understanding and support of higher education, combined with his personal commitment, have benefited institutions throughout Georgia. The J. Pollard Turman Leadership Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students who show special leadership potential, as demonstrated by their personal commitment to service and excellence in school, civic, and other activities combined with sound academic achievement. Residents of the Southeast receive special consideration.