Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Scholarship Established Honoring Author John Jakes

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Scholarship Established Honoring Author John Jakes

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NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA

A new scholarship honoring historical novelist John Jakes is being created at New College of Florida by the Rotary Club of Sarasota and friends of the author.

The John Jakes Endowed Writing Scholarship will support students who focus on writing in their studies.

The school is seeking to create a $100,000 endowment for the scholarship. The Rotary Club has offered to match the first $10,000. When donations reach $100,000, an anonymous donor offered to match it with an additional $100,000.

Jakes, who lives in Sarasota, has written 17 New York Times best- selling books, including eight novels in the Kent Family Chronicles, which were published in the 1970s. More than 55 copies of the "Kent Chronicles" have been sold. He also wrote the "North and South" trilogy, which has sold 10 million copies and was turned into one of the top-rated television miniseries of all time. …

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