MACON, Ga. -- As the first recipient of the James T. McAfee Jr. Endowed Vision and Leadership Scholarship Fund, James "Jamie" Christopher Geiger Jr., who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of music degree from the College of Liberal Arts, showcased his tremendous potential for leadership among his peers almost from the moment he set foot on campus. According to Dr. Stanley Roberts, director of choral activities and coordinator of sacred music studies, Geiger "demonstrated maturity beyond his age and confidence for service and leadership. He has continued to exhibit and further develop these skills of leadership and service throughout his university career."
He is the son of James and Christie Geiger, Canton, both of whom are Mercer graduates. His brother, Casey, is currently attending Mercer. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Canton.
Geiger was actively involved in many facets of student life. He served in the Student Government Association as vice president and senator-at-large; in the Sigma Nu fraternity as chaplain, candidate trainer and philanthropy chair; on the VIP staff with Quadworks and as a Mercer Ambassador. Additionally, he was active in Mu Phi Epsilon and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Theta Alpha Kappa honor societies.
Geiger has also been an active performer and soloist in opera and community musicals, and last summer, he was invited to study in the Aimes Artist Program in Graz, Austria. Further, he served as a scholarship soloist at First Baptist Church in Macon.
"As an educator, I have encountered many young people over the years that have possessed strong qualities of intelligence, leadership, artistic ability and social responsibility," wrote Dr. Roberts. "Jamie is unique, however, in that he unquestionably exemplifies the highest standard in each of these areas."
This scholarship is named in honor of James T. McAfee Jr., 1939-2004. This Fund was established in 2005 by his wife and son.