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The Dr. Tom Serwatka Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Tom Serwatka Memorial Scholarship Fund supports the PFLAG Jacksonville Scholarship Fund. Dr. Serwatka was a great supporter of this fund and we are proud to be part of his legacy.

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His Story

Thomas S. Serwatka, Ph.D., age xx, a retired University of North Florida administrator and Professor Emeritus, sadly left us on xxxx.

Tom grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He attended Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, majoring in speech pathology. After graduation, he returned to Lakewood to teach deaf students in the public school system. He later earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in special education at Kent State University. Tom met the love of his life, Michael Breen, and they happily married in 2015. Tom and Michael shared a wonderful life together full of travel and love for each other.


Tom was a talented educator, a beloved collaborator, and a passionate leader who championed diversity, equity, and inclusion and was especially devoted to LGBTQ justice. He was an outspoken advocate on campus, in the community, and across the globe. He was a visible force and a role model to many. Tom made a significant impact on Jacksonville. He was a leader in providing protections and benefits for LGBTQ students and employees at UNF including spearheading the effort to create the award-winning LGBTQ Center. He served on the Board of Directors for JASMYN to help enhance safety, resources, and support for LGBTQ youth, he supported PFLAG Jacksonville, the LGBTQ Community Fund, and offered his time, talent, and treasure in many other philanthropic and service efforts. Tom’s curriculum vita is long and filled with community engagement, and educational accomplishments including the papers he wrote, and the book he published in 2010 titled Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The
Contemporary Debates on Sexual Orientation.


Tom was listed in Who’s Who in America in 2021.

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Through the years

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