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Community Scholars

In 1998, the Jaguars Foundation established what is now a $500,000 scholarship fund in partnership with the University of North Florida. The Community Scholars program is a novel scholarship program that involves UNF Honors students mentoring selected high school students who have participated in the Jaguars Foundation Honor Rows program.

The scholarship candidate must be nominated by his/her youth agency, currently a sophomore or junior in high school, committed to a drug-free lifestyle, and has demonstrated a commitment to public service. Scholarship recipients receive full tuition for up to four years, as well as mentorship support before and during their college experience. This increases their chances for lasting academic, volunteer, and professional success.

Scholarship recipients with their respective Honor Rows Agency and High School.
YearRecipientAgencyHigh School
1998 Ivory Orr Big Brothers/Big Sisters Ribault
2000 John Allen, Jr. MOSH Paxon
2001 Angie Gibson daniel, Inc. Raines
2003 Indya Pittman daniel, Inc. Raines
  Tamieka Wright The Bridge of NE Florida Andrew Jackson
2004 Tillery Brickell The Bridge of NE Florida Edward White
  Lawrence Williams The Bridge of NE Florida Raines
2005 Deanna Keane The Children's Place Englewood
  Melissa Lewis Guardian of Dreams Bishop Kenny
  Robert Allen MOSH Paxon
  Tiffany Nealy Bethel Baptist Inst. Church Wolfson
The mentoring component of the program assists scholars to:
  • make a successful transition into college;
  • develop the academic and social skills necessary for higher education;
  • research and participate in service learning projects; and
  • foster on-going relationships with their mentor and their scholar peers.

For more information please call the Jaguars Foundation at 904-633-KIDS.

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