JOHN DANIEL MEEHAN YOUTH SAILING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Named for a man who was instrumental in transforming St. Augustine Race Week into a city-wide top-tier event, the John Daniel Meehan (JDM) Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund brings the joy of sailing to underprivileged kids all across the northeast Florida region. Scholarship recipients have all fees paid so they may attend one of the summer sailing camps run by First Coast Sailing Association member clubs.
Each year, member clubs reach out to community organizations seeking youngsters age 6 to 18 who wish to participate. Many of the kids have never been in a sailboat or a boat of any kind. At local yacht clubs the kids learn all the basics of sailing in small boats and have a ton of fun as well. Perhaps some of these kids will sail in a future St. Augustine Race Week.
Young people who receive JDM Youth Sailing Scholarships will attend one of the sailing camps run by Florida Yacht Club, The Rudder Club of Jacksonville, St. Augustine Yacht Club, Smyrna Yacht Club or Halifax Youth Sailing.
This will be the fourth year of the scholarship program and we’re aiming to serve around two dozen kids. If you know of a worthy youngster for the program, just contact the JDM Youth Scholarship committee at one of the yacht clubs named above.