Sawgrass Country Club raised $12,065 in 2017 to support the nonprofit Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s (JAGA) scholarship trust fund.
An all-volunteer organization, JAGA runs numerous golf tournaments in Northeast Florida while also administering the scholarship trust fund, which supports students in need who have expressed an interest in any aspect of the sport. The initial scholarship award to each student is $1,000 per term for up to eight terms of undergraduate study.
Sawgrass has been fortunate to have 21 young people reach their goals of going to college with the help of the JAGA scholarship fund. Many of these students have gone on to successful careers as golf course superintendents, golf club managers, PGA golf professionals and other careers inside and outside the golf industry.
This year’s scholarship recipient from Sawgrass is Emilio Mirabilio, who is a member of the club’s golf course maintenance staff.
Since its inception in 1974 the scholarship fund has awarded hundreds of scholarships to deserving young people totaling more than $1 million.