JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars announced a new scholarship program through the Jaguars Foundation to support high school female football athletes pursuing higher education.
"It has been great to watch the upward trajectory of girls playing football in our region as there are more youth and high school athletes participating and growing the sport every day," said Whitney Meyer, Jaguars Senior Vice President and Chief Community Impact Officer. "As an organization, we are fully committed to providing opportunities and resources to assist our female athletes and excited to be able to offer this scholarship program to assist their potential future in sports as professionals."
This year, the Jaguars Foundation will award three scholarships. The application is currently open and closes on Monday, April 10. Recipients will be contacted directly in April by a member of the Jaguars Foundation and will be recognized at the Jaguars NFL Draft Party at TIAA Bank Field on April 27.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Graduating High School Senior (Class of 2023) in one of the following counties: Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker, Columbia, Flagler, Volusia, Putnam, Alachua, Union and Bradford
- Female high school senior participating in touch, flag, or tackle football
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
- Plan to pursue a career that positively impacts sports
Application link: Jaguars Girls in Football Scholarship
Application deadline: April 10, 2023
The state of Florida leads the way in the growth of girls flag with over 300 schools (over 7,000 girls) participating. Jaguars PREP, the Jaguars youth football program, hosted a Girls Flag Football Showcase, Media Day, and Preseason Classic at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20, 2023.
More than 100 athletes competed in the combine-like events on Sunday and had the opportunity to hear from Hall of Fame OL Tony Boselli and be scouted by NAIA coaches.
On Monday, both Head Coach Doug Pederson and General Manager Trent Baalke encouraged the athletes before the competition began. Twenty-eight teams competed in the Preseason Classic, making the Jaguars' event the second-largest of its kind in the NFL.
See photos from the events below.
The Jaguars and RCX Sports hosted 106 high school girls flag athletes at the inaugural Jaguars Girls Flag College Showcase. Girls flag football athletes had the opportunity to be scouted by multiple NAIA colleges and hear from Hall of Famer Tony Boselli ahead of the combine.
The Jaguars hosted their largest Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic, bringing 28 teams and more than 650 high school girls flag athletes to compete at TIAA Bank Field. Local media was onsite to interview coaches and athletes at the inaugural Girls Flag Media Day event followed by special guests Coach Pederson and General Manager Trent Baalke who shared encouraging messages with the girls before they took the field.