Press Release for Friday, December 2, 2016
UNF Athletic Training Students Receive Jaguars Foundation Scholarship
Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
undergraduate students majoring in athletic training in the Brooks College of
Health at the University of North Florida were recently awarded a $1,000
scholarship from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. This is the first of a
five year commitment from the Foundation to provide scholarship funds to
qualifying UNF students.
recipients include juniors Jacob Jackson, Jordan Ratelle and Joshua Wolcott, as
well as seniors Rae Allison, Taylor Carson-Ranney, Darby Glackin, Michelle Guzinski,
Corey Howell, Shelby Justus and Sarah Williams. All seniors are on track to
graduate from the University in May 2017.
“I am humbled that an organization like the Jaguars Foundation
would chose to invest in my future and that of other students,” said Justus,
who would like to work as a high school athletic trainer after graduation.
“It’s really encouraging for the Jaguars to see such value in athletic training
may use the scholarship funds for expenses such as tuition and room and board.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students had to complete an application
that included four essay questions, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and
present documentation of community service.
part of its partnership with the NFL, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program,
Duval County Public Schools and Baptist Health, the Jaguars Foundation is
committed to having full-time athletic trainers at all 17 Duval County Public
athletic training scholarship program for University of North Florida students
is the latest component of our commitment to ensuring safety in youth sports by
increasing the availability of quality certified athletic trainers,” said Peter
Racine, senior vice president of the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. “UNF
provides an important source of graduates for our initiative. We are pleased to
support these students, wherever their career goals take them after
addition to the scholarship, student awardees will take a tour of the Jaguars’
facilities at EverBank Field and meet with Scott Trulock, head athletic
trainer, who will share insight into working with professional athletes.
Students will then attend the Jaguars game versus the Minnesota Vikings on
Sunday, Dec. 11.
Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football team, one of 32 member clubs
of the National Football League (NFL), aligned in the South Division of the
American Football Conference (AFC). Founded on Nov. 30, 1993, they began play
in 1995 and are in their 22nd season of play in 2016. The team is
owned by Shahid Khan, who purchased the franchise in January of 2012. The club
plays its home games at EverBank Field, located near the St. Johns River in
downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Since their inaugural season in 1995 the
Jaguars have won two division championships and have made six playoff
The Bachelor of Science in athletic training from the
Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences in the Brooks College of
Health at UNF prepares students for the Board of Certification Examination to
become a Certified Athletic Trainer and a career at the secondary school,
college and university, and professional athletic, clinic, hospital, industrial
and performing arts settings.
university located on an
environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.