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 research grants 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 current senior-level undergraduate students completing a UF bachelor’s degree program or former UF student-athletes who received a UF bachelor’s degree while playing NCAA-sponsored sports at UF, and who have been admitted to a UF graduate or professional degree program.

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 research grants (that entail research 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: Outstanding academic performance as a UF undergraduate student.
  • Athletics: Outstanding performance and leadership as a Division I athlete at UF.
  • Character: Evidence of ideals and spirit in common with James W. Kynes - particularly high personal integrity, loyalty, compassion and respect for others.