James W. Kynes Scholarship

The James W. Kynes Scholarship endowment was established by friends, former teammates and family as a perpetual memorial to University of Florida alumnus James W. Kynes. The fund supports scholarships and assistantships for UF undergraduate student-athletes with high academic achievement, exceptional character and outstanding performance and leadership in NCAA-sponsored sports to pursue graduate studies.


Candidates must be senior-level undergraduates or post-baccalaureate students who are completing a bachelor’s degree at UF and have played NCAA-sponsored sports at the University of Florida. They must certify admission to a graduate or professional program at UF or at another institution of comparable standing in the event that their field of graduate study is not available at UF.

Stipend and Terms

The fund will support a limited number of scholarships annually, each with a stipend of as much as $10,000.  The fund will also support assistantships (that entail work requirements) with stipends as high as $7,500.  The awards may be renewable for a second year if the recipient demonstrates outstanding academic performance in graduate school, but renewal is not guaranteed.  Recipients of the awards will be designated Kynes Scholars.  The awards do not include tuition or fee waivers.

Selection Criteria

Individuals are selected for the awards on a competitive basis. The strength of their undergraduate record of leadership and achievement at UF will be considered, with particular emphasis on the following criteria:

  • Academics: Excellent academic record.
  • Athletics: Outstanding performance and leadership as an athlete in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
  • Character: Traits embodied by Jimmy Kynes, such as exceptional integrity, loyalty, compassion and respect for others, as evidenced by volunteer activity and community service.