Graduate student funding at UF comes in many forms with different forms.

James W. Kynes Scholarship


James W. KynesThe James W. Kynes Scholarship endowment was established by friends, former teammates, and family to honor University of Florida alumnus James W. Kynes. It supports scholarships for UF undergraduate student athletes with high academic achievement, exceptional character, and outstanding performance and leadership in sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), who wish to pursue graduate or professional studies at UF.

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  • This endowment annually funds two scholarships with stipends up to $10,000.
  • These awards do not include tuition or fee waivers.
  • Awardees will be dubbed Kynes Scholars.
Eligibility & Requirements
  • You must be a current UF senior-level undergraduate student completing a UF bachelor’s degree or a former UF student who received a UF bachelor’s degree while playing NCAA-sponsored sports at UF as a student athlete.
  • You must be admitted to a UF graduate or professional degree program.
  • You must have exhausted your athletic eligibility to be considered for this award.
Selection Criteria

The Kynes Selection Committee chooses awardees on a competitive basis, with an eye on the strength of their undergraduate record of leadership and achievement at UF, especially...

  • Academics: Outstanding undergraduate academic performance at UF.
  • Athletics: Outstanding performance and leadership as a Division I athlete at UF.
  • Character: Evidence of ideals and values in common with James W. Kynes: high personal integrity, loyalty, compassion, and respect for others.
Critical Dates & Deadlines
  • The application cycle for this award opens Thursday, February 1, 2024.
  • The deadline for all application materials is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
Application Form

For an application form, email Leadership Development Coordinator Shandy Dawkins at the University Athletic Association (UAA) (

Recommendation Letter Forms

Download these PDF forms and forward them to your recommenders, who must email them directly to UF Graduate School Awards (without your application form) at


Email Leadership Development Coordinator Shandy Dawkins at the University Athletic Association (UAA) (