The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was the recipient of $10,000 from the Florida Black Expo Taste of Black Jacksonville (TOBJ) event.
The culinary event has been an annual fundraiser for the Jack and Jill chapter and features local minority chefs for a sampling of cuisine and desserts. The $10,000 donation will be used to continue the Shannon Smith McCants Memorial Pharmacy Scholarship, which has been providing funds to eligible pharmacy students enrolled at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University for the last 10 years.
McCants was an active member of Jack and Jill and pharmacist. Her life was tragically cut short in 2006 and the scholarship was formed by the Jack and Jill Chapter to promote educational opportunities for local youth in pharmacy and the sciences. To date, approximately 10 students from Northeast Florida have received more than $33,000 in scholarships to pursue their pharmacy degree.
Beginning January 23, 2017, applications for the scholarship and other scholarship opportunities will be available at www.jackandjill-jaxs.com. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a national non-profit family organization dedicating its resources toward improving the quality of life of children. Through the programming activities of its local chapters and funding provided by its philanthropic arm (the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.) The local Jacksonville Chapter has served the needs of Jacksonville youth since its founding in 1968.
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