Rhodell J. Fields, III Memorial Scholarship Fund:
Rhodell J. Fields, III (1937-2018)
In honor of our late Chairman – Emeritus, Rhodell J. Fields, III, The Scott Family Foundation Intl. has launched the Rhodell J. Fields, lll Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is the goal of The Scott Family Foundation Intl., to give away $100,000 USD (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in scholarships annually, through this fund, to college bound African American students in the United States.
Who was Rhodell J. Fields, lll?:
Mr. Fields was a Husband, a Father and a Grandfather. Beyond that, he was a Professor – Emeritus at Saint Petersburg College in Clearwater FL and an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University where he taught International Relations, Economics, American Government and Politics. He was a mentor to his students… As quoted by one of his students:
“I had the pleasure of meeting you in 1996 while taking your American National Government class. The first day of class as I sat in the last row, you walked in and proclaimed that the people in the first row would get A’s, B’s for the second row, C’s for the third row and the rest of us may as well leave now. Being the stubborn person that I am, as well as the fact that I was a straight A student, I vowed to prove you wrong. Each week as I sat in the back of the classroom, and received my quizzes with large F’s on them, my anger and determination rose. You made me realize that the A’s I had previously achieved were through recollection and rote memory—not the process of learning through understanding. I struggled day and night to understand government (which I had not had any previous understanding of, let alone know that there were 3 branches of government), how it functioned, and the necessity for it. I achieved my goal of finishing your class with an A thus not having to endure taking your final exam but I learned much more than American Government that semester. I learned that knowledge is something to be understood before it could be truly learned. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me understand and learn. You are highly appreciated.”
– Charlene Demers-McDonough
Aside from being a professor of the first rate, Mr Fields was also a State Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman in the State Of Florida and served as the Chairman of the Board for the Florida State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council. In addition, Mr. Fields served on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Clearwater East, The Executive Council for the Florida Political Science Association, Vice President St. Petersburg College Faculty Senate, Chairman Clearwater Campus, St. Petersburg Jr. College Faculty Council, Founding President of The Johnnie Ruth Clark Chapter – St. Petersburg College, National Council of Black American Affairs, Council of Presidents, Southeastern Regional National Council of Black American Affairs, Board of Directors Pinellas County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, and Board of Directors Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.
Mr. Fields was also a Campaign Manager at the State Level and a Campaign Consultant at the Federal, State and Local level. A Military Veteran, Mr. Fields served honorably In the United States Army for 23 years achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received his undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Kansas State University, he received another graduate degree from Florida State University and was “All But Dissertation” (ABD) in the PHD program at Florida State University.
As quoted by our Chairman, Fredrick D. Scott:
“My grandfather was a great man, he was my mentor from birth… A lot of people assume (before they talk to me that is) that because I don’t have a college degree, I have not been educated to the highest level of academic standards. What most don’t know is that everything I know about Economics, Government and International Relations, I learned from my Grandfather, who was a lot harder on me than any of his students. He pushed me to be the best man I could be everyday and never settled for less than my best. He loved me with his all and supported me through my ups and my downs. I am the man I am today, in large part, because I had the privilege of my Grandfather’s tough love and the honor to sit at the feet of such a great man and receive tutelage and wisdom that is unmatched. I only hope that at the end of my life, I will have become half the man that he was and accomplished at least a fraction of what he did!”
It is the deepest honor of The Scott Family Foundation Intl. to pay homage to such a great and inspirational man by helping ensure that Mr. Fields passion for education and his legacy lives on through the lives that will be touched by the Scholarships we provide in Mr. Fields name.
– Board of Trustees
The Scott Family Foundation Intl.