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Jacksonville Area Golf Association Names Scholarship Trust recipients

2021 JAGA Scholarship Recipients (left to right) – Maya Victor, Natalie Drake, David Collins, Joe Libby, Caroline Davis, Grace Richards and Olivia Lyle Not in Attendance – Rebecca Gaze, Brayden James, Austin Jacobs, Scotty Kennon, Miniya McNair, James Tucker, Kylie Turner.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Area Golf Association (JAGA) officially recognized its 14 college scholarship honorees plus PGA assistant professional recipient for 2021 at a banquet Thursday evening June 10th at Deerwood Country Club.

David Collins Marsh Landing Harvest Community U. of North Florida Jacksonville
Caroline Leah Davis Timuquana Stanton College Prep U. of Florida Jacksonville
Natalie Drake Hyde Park West Nassau Florida School of the Arts Callahan
Rebecca Gaze Marsh Creek Panther Creek U. of North Carolina Wilmington, NC
Brayden James Atlantic Beach Duncan V. Fletcher U. of North Florida Atlantic Beach
Austin Jacobs Palatka Putnam Edge St. Johns River College San Mateo
Scotty Kennon Sawgrass Florida Virtual School Wake Forest U. Neptune Beach
Joseph Libby Hidden Hills The Bolles School U.S. Naval Academy Jacksonville
Olivia Lyle Brentwood Paxon School Rollins College Jacksonville
Miniya McNair First Tee Stanton College Prep Florida Gulf Coast U. Jacksonville
Grace Richards First Tee Nease Flagler College Ponte Vedra
James Tucker Atlantic Beach Bishop Kenny Florida Southern College Atlantic Beach
Kylie Turner Jax Beach Providence School Flagler College Jacksonville Beach
Maya Victor Windy Harbor Robert E. Lee U. of Florida Jacksonville

Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 scholarship for each semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarships are renewable each semester based on meeting certain criteria, including a minimum grade-point average.

An additional scholarship was awarded to a Level 3 PGA assistant professional from the Northern Chapter of the North Florida PGA who is fulfilling steps to secure his/her Class A certificate this year and has demonstrated a commitment to growing the game of golf through junior golf programs at his/her club.

The recipient is Benjamin Miller of Marsh Creek Country Club. Ben is from Pascagoula, Miss. and went Gautier High School. A 2016 magna cum laude graduate of Flagler College, he was introduced to Marsh Creek when he worked there full time as a server and bartender during college. He is married (Laura) and has an 11-month-old son, Jack.

“We had a large group applying this year,” said Scholarship Trustee Ken Hicks of Deerwood Country Club. “All of them were outstanding students who presented themselves very well during the interview process. It was extremely difficult trying to single out any candidates as less or more worthy than the others.

The committee was comfortable with the financial condition of the Trust and elected to award scholarships to all 14 candidates, meaning JAGA will have 35 on scholarship in 2021-22. All will be excellent representatives as they begin their college studies.

“On behalf of the JAGA Scholarship Trust, we extend our sincerest thanks to our 40 members clubs and all others who contributed to the program over the last twelve months,” Hicks added. “You are a huge part of our success!”

Former Jacksonville Jaguar placekicking standout and Deerwood Country Club member Josh Scobee attended and shared inspirational messages with the recipients and their parents.

With this year’s increase, there are now 35 scholars who are receiving $1,000 per semester, for a total of eight semesters from JAGA. Since the JAGA Scholarship Trust was formed in 1974, JAGA has awarded approximately $1.8 million to more than 375 deserving young students. The Trust is a 501 (c)(3) Not for Profit organization.

Current trustees of the Trust are Wayne St. Clair (Chairman/Jacksonville G&CC), Michael McKenny (Vice Chairman/Timuquana CC), Steve Booma (Secretary/The Plantation at Ponte Vedra), Allen Witham Treasurer/Hidden Hills GC), Joe Grippi (Deerwood CC), John Tancredi (Marsh Landing CC) and Hicks.

Applicants for scholarships must be sons, daughters or grandchildren of a member of a JAGA member club or an employee of a member club who resides in JAGA’s Northeast Florida region. Each applicant is sponsored by a JAGA Director.

JAGA scholarship recipients have gone on to successful careers as golf course superintendents, golf club managers, PGA TOUR players, PGA golf professionals and other careers both inside and outside the golf industry. Funds to support the Scholarship Trust are generated by JAGA member clubs and corporate/individual contributors to the scholarship fund.

Entities and individuals who are interested in making contributions to the Scholarship Trust may do so by contacting Ken Hicks or any JAGA director from a JAGA member club or visiting the JAGA website (www.jaxareagolf.org).

JAGA welcomes all contributions and wants all donors to know that Trustees of the fund are volunteers, as are all 100+ JAGA directors, and all monies go directly to the Trust.

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