Boundless Spirit

Scholarship keeps memory of Jessica Marulli alive


essica Marulli was 39 when she died February 7, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jessica loved life. She was a respected real estate broker in Palm Beach, Fla., where she lived with her husband, John Criddle. She was also a loyal friend, who loved her family, ballet, piano, skiing, skydiving, boating, and animals (with a special affection for canines, including her rescue dog, Perla).

Her obituary in the Hartford Courant read, “Jessica’s memory will become our treasure. Her overwhelming love of others will sustain us all.”

Shortly after her death, Jessica’s parents, trustee Al Marulli ’69 and his wife, Barbara, honored their daughter’s memory by establishing the Jessica Marulli Scholarship at Franklin Pierce, designed to support a Franklin Pierce student who exhibits the self-motivation and passion for the arts, science, athletics, and business that characterized the boundless spirit of the scholarship’s namesake.

The 2019–20 scholarship recipient, Jaelyn Blair ’20, shares the energy and passion that distinguished Jessica’s life. Blair is pursuing a major in health science and minors in both management and Spanish. She hopes to enter the physical therapy doctoral program at Franklin Pierce. She is an active member of the Spanish Club and a cheerleader and choreographer for the Raven Thunder Dance Team.

Blair is an enthusiastic ambassador for the small and inclusive environment at Franklin Pierce. She works in the Admissions Office as a student assistant and in the Athletic Training Department, where she is gaining experience relevant to her physical therapy career goals. She has been accepted to serve after her graduation for City Year in Providence, R.I., an opportunity she discovered at a Franklin Pierce career fair.

“I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had at Franklin Pierce,” says Blair. “Receiving the Jessica Marulli Scholarship was not only meaningful, but it has truly helped me financially for my last year here.” —Julie Rizzo

Jessica Marulli’s family and friends established a scholarship in her name to keep alive the memory of her energy and enthusiasm for life. Each year, a committed student in good academic standing is selected to receive this generous support. Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can do so by contacting Vice President for University Advancement Julie Zahn at 603-899-1159 or

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