CLARKSVILLE, TENN. - Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that The JR Group, a real estate team in Clarksville, TN led by John Montgomery and Robert Roof, has graciously established the Margaree King Richard Leader of Character Scholarship at Austin Peay State University. Recently, the scholarship reached the endowment threshold of $25,000 and can now assist high-performing Austin Peay ROTC Cadets.

Montgomery and Roof, Veterans of the United States Army, formed The JR Group in 2019 and have since added Realtor, Budget and Marketing Director Shay Deavers, Director of Operations Misty Gould, Transaction Coordinator Heather Steffan and Realtors Sarah Allgood, John Rush, Natasha Yamauchi and Tim Hamilton to the team. As a top producing team in Crye-Leike's Middle Tennessee region, The JR Group is always looking for ways to give back to the community.

Margaree King Richard graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 2008. After being commissioned, she completed Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base and became the first female African American Officer Bomb Technician in the United States Army.

While Margaree King Richard was serving as Commander of the 723rd EOD Company in Fort Campbell, KY, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and opted to continue her command to show fight and resolve. She completed extensive chemotherapy over a six-month period and completed her command. After chemotherapy treatments and leading her company on foreign and domestic ground, she was assigned to Austin Peay State University as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. As she educated, trained and mentored cadets and students in the Clarksville area, she realized future leaders need assistance and incentives to maintain focus in a program filled with historic success.

While on active duty, Montgomery and Roof had the privilege of serving with Margaree King Richard and witnessed firsthand her extraordinary resilience, selfless service and commitment to excellence. In an effort to bring her inspiring story to light, The JR Group decided that a scholarship in her name would be the best, most permanent way to accomplish this.

"We partnered with the APSU's Director of Advancement, Alumni Relations, Military Alumni Chapter and the ROTC Department to help make this vision a reality," said Montgomery. "The fact that this scholarship has reached the endowment threshold so quickly speaks volumes about our community's support of APSU, the military, and the high regard people hold for men and women who lead with character."

The academic and physical rigor of the Austin Peay ROTC program gives students the skills to apply procedures and techniques learned through critical thinking as an Army Officer. The Leader of Character Endowment has become one of many ways Margaree, mentors, family and friends help those in need find success.

In a continued effort to give back, the JR Group will contribute portions of each commission to the Clarksville Montgomery County Education Foundation, the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, and now, the Margaree King Richard Leader of Character Scholarship. The JR Group clients select which organization receives a donation in their name.

For more information regarding the Margaree King Richard Leader of Character Scholarship, please visit To contact Realtors John Montgomery and Robert Roof, please


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