Scholarship Recipient to Study at Cambridge


2010 Duke University graduate Jane Alukonis received a grant from the Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund to further her studies at England's Canbridge University. More than $225,000 has been awarded to outstanding student athletes from this fund since 1997.

The Carolina Panthers’ roster has no shortage of remarkable professional athletes. Off the field, the Panthers organization supports outstanding student athletes in North and South Carolina through the Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, which provides graduate level scholarships in North and South Carolinas on the basis of leadership, citizenship and academic merit.

Two-time Parade All-American soccer player Jane Alukonis is one example of the high-caliber recipients of this scholarship. A 2010 graduate of Duke University, Alukonis was a standout on the field while earning degrees in political science and sociology, as well as a minor in psychology. Alukonis learned about the Carolina Panthers Scholarship from fellow athletes at Duke. “I applied because I thought it would be an incredible honor to be distinguished as a leader not just in sports and academics, but also in the community,” she said.

Alukonis will use her scholarship award to attend Cambridge University in England, one of the world’s most renowned research universities. At Cambridge, she will conduct research on athletes and plans to earn a Masters degree in Social and Developmental Psychology. After her studies in England, Alukonis will serve two years in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America, and then hopes to earn a doctorate in either sports psychology or clinical psychology.

The Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund has awarded $225,000 to promising student athletes since it was established in 1997 by Carolinas Stadium Corp., which owns and operates Bank of America Stadium. The fund is managed by Foundation For The Carolinas, which currently administers 117 scholarship funds established by individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits. Scholarships are awarded for public and private institutions at graduate and undergraduate levels, and private school tuition for K-8 grade. In 2009, the Foundation awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships, helping to provide educational opportunities to over 900 students.

“Without the generosity of the Carolinas Stadium Corp., I am not sure I could have financed my Master’s program,” said Alukonis. “The Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund has made my chosen education program possible.”

Foundation For The Carolinas currently administers 117 scholarship funds, providing opportunities for students from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals. In 2009, the Foundation awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to over 900 students.