Applications now available for St. Johns County graduating senior football players to apply
INK! was recently selected to help administer and award funds for the Trenton William Stewart Legacy Scholarship available to St. Johns County School District graduating seniors who will play collegiate football. The funds were established by Mandi Stewart, the mother of Trenton Stewart who tragically lost his life in Jacksonville as the victim in an automobile collision in May. According to Stewart, Trent was the epitome of what it takes to be an athlete at the high school and college level. He graduated in 2022 from Creekside High School in St. Johns, Fla. and was attending Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
“Our son and only child had an unwavering commitment to ‘not quitting’ and was fully dedicated to being the best version of himself, on and off the field. Trent had determination, commitment, dedication, and an absolute love for football,” said Stewart. “The recipient of the scholarship will embody the characteristics that made Trenton the young man he was. Trenton’s life was cut short by a reckless driver who was driving with substances in his system; therefore, the recipient will also be dedicated to living a drug free life,” she said.
Stewart selected INK! due to the nonprofit’s renowned work to help students and teachers with funding and resources to support academic success in St. Johns County. “There will be five annual $1,000 scholarships available. The eligibility requirements include the applicant must be a graduate within St. Johns County School District, who will play collegiate football. They must maintain an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and most importantly, they must be responsible and display integrity in school and in the community,” said Stewart.
Applicants are required to represent the following characteristics set forth by the scholarship: a passion for playing football in college, drive and perseverance, leadership within their high school and community, a strong work-ethic on and off the field, and a commitment to living a drug free life while becoming the best version of themselves. Applications are due on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
Scholarships will be granted upon the applicant’s admission to college and a commitment to play football. Application procedures include submitting the formal scholarship application along with an essay explaining the applicant’s goals, aspirations, and embodiment of the important characteristics of being a successful collegiate athlete. Applicants must also provide one character recommendation from an academic teacher and one character recommendation from a coach. Additionally, applicants must include the college they will be attending, graduating GPA, extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities within community, leadership roles and high school honors received. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February 2024. To apply, visit the website at www.thetrentonstewartfoundation.com.