Scholarship Fund History

JAGA Charitable Trust

A 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization

Scholarship Fund History

JAGA was organized in 1954. JAGA maintains a dual mission to: (1) promote amateur golf ans (2) provide scholarships to worthy students attending college. There are dozens of golf clubs (private, semi-private, public and military) that are currently members of JAGA.

Member golf clubs range in location from Jacksonville to Lake City, Amelia Island, Ponte Vedra, and points in between. Each JAGA member club is allowed to appoint up to three JAGA Directors.  Members of member golf clubs are eligible to participate in all JAGA events, activities and may propose scholarship candidates to their JAGA Director(s).

The JAGA Charitable Trust program currently has twenty eight young men and women receiving scholarship aid at the rate of $2,000 annually for undergraduate study. That rate may change periodically as determined by the Trustees.

The JAGA Charitable Trust was established by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association, under a "Declaration of Trust" dated May 1, 1974. The initial contribution to the Scholarship Fund was $150.00 from the Jacksonville Area Golf Association's general fund. On September 23, 1974, the Internal Revenue Service approved the organization’s application for designation as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. The scholarship fund is administered by Trustees who are selected by the JAGA Executive Committee from the elected officers and the Board of Directors. The Trustees determine the process to be used to apply for a scholarship award.

Since its inception in 1974, the Scholarship Fund has grown through contributions from JAGA member clubs, golf tournaments and private donations. There have been hundreds of scholarships awarded to deserving young people totaling over $1,000,000. The initial award of $250 per term has grown to $1,000 per term for up to eight (8) terms of undergraduate study. 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. With the continued support and encouragement of our member clubs and contributors to the scholarship fund, JAGA looks forward to continuing the long-standing tradition of providing meaningful scholarship awards to worthy students for their college education.

History approved by: The JAGA Charitable Trust – Trustees May 2015