Rockets Create Scholarship Fund in Memory of Football Player

July 17, 2020 | Athletics, News, Advancement, Alumni
By Paul Helgren

The University of Toledo announced the creation of a memorial scholarship fund in the name of slain Rocket football player Jahneil Douglas. Douglas was shot and killed in Toledo July 7.

The Jahneil Douglas Memorial Scholarship Fund will annually award a scholarship to a former Rocket football player who has completed his athletic eligibility and is planning to attend graduate school or is completing his bachelor’s degree. Preference will be given to student-athletes from the city of Toledo, and applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.


“Jahneil was a beloved member of our football program and our Rocket family, so we felt it was appropriate to honor his memory with a scholarship fund that will benefit future Rockets,” UToledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said.

Toledo Head Football Coach Jason Candle said the scholarship will allow Douglas’ memory to live on.

“Jahneil Douglas was an inspirational teammate who sought to positively impact every individual that he encountered,” Candle said. “Although JD is no longer with us, his impact will continue to be felt at The University of Toledo. Through the Jahneil Douglas Memorial Scholarship Fund, an individual will have the opportunity to pursue post-graduate education after playing football at the highest collegiate level. We are incredibly thankful for the Toledo community’s generosity, which will allow JD’s legacy to live on at The University of Toledo.”

Friends, family and Rocket fans can make a gift or pledge to the fund on The University of Toledo Foundation website.

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