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Press Release for Friday, December 2, 2016

UNF Athletic Training Students Receive Jaguars Foundation Scholarship

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

Ten 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.


Scholarship 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 education.” 

Students 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.


As 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 Schools.


“The 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 graduation.”


In 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.

The 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 appearances.


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.


UNF, a nationally ranked 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.