CIL Scholarships

Empowering the Future of Independent Living

Deadline to Submit Application: June 11th

CIL Scholarships

CIL Jacksonville will award three $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria and application requirements listed below. Applications must be received by Sunday, June 11th. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship but are not eligible to receive more than one scholarship award. Finalists will be contacted using the information provided below.


SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,000

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED: 3

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: June 11th, 2023


For alternate formats of this form, contact us. www.CILJacksonville.org/contact. Video responses for essay questions may be emailed to TMorris@CILJacksonville.org. Accommodations for disability are available upon request.


Dr. John Trifiletti

CIL Memorial Scholarship


This CIL Scholarship honors the late Dr. John Trifiletti. The essay prompt for this scholarship asks:


“What is your most significant example of self-empowerment?”


Dr. John Trifiletti was a loving husband, father, teacher, and mentor. He was a generous man who worked at CIL Jacksonville and volunteered with numerous organizations including the Lost Boys of Sudan, and Jacksonville Sister Cities. Dr. Trifiletti developed the Action Plan Workbook for Persons with Disabilities which has been used annually to prepare thousands of people with a disability for an emergency. He was an amazing man admired by many.


Dr. John was the Assistant Director for CIL Jacksonville. He was instrumental in creating technology and computer programs for people with disabilities.

Dean Pritchard

CIL Memorial Scholarship

This CIL Scholarship honors the late Dean Pritchard.

The essay prompt for this scholarship asks:


“How has equal access impacted your success?”


Dean Pritchard was born in Lake City, FL on October 22, 1930 to the late Marvin and Mabel (North) Christie. She was the mother of Danny Pritchard and Marcus Pritchard and grandmother to Joshua, Mary and Leah Pritchard. She lived in Jacksonville for several years serving on various boards for helping people, including CIL Jacksonville, she was appointed by Governor Rubin Askew for a term as a trustee for the FSDB (Florida School for the Deaf and Blind ). Also, she was past president for the St. Augustine Optimist Club. She was very active as a Sunday School Teacher at Arlington Baptist Church. Dean served on the CIL Jacksonville Board of Directors


James “Jimmy” Patrick

CIL Memorial Scholarship

This CIL scholarship honors the late Jimmy Patrick.

The essay prompt for this scholarship asks


“Why is self-determination critical to independence?”


James “Jimmy” Patrick was born on August 16, 1946 and was just 16 months old when he was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a tumor was wrapped around his spinal cord and he was given only 2-4 months to live. Jimmy’s parents would not accept it and after six major operations and numerous X-ray treatments, Jimmy was alive and well and going to school. However, at age 12, the tumor recurred resulting in more surgeries and treatments and he had to re-learn to walk three times. Eventually, he learned to use a wheelchair because his muscles atrophied.

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After graduating from the University of North Florida in 1981, Jimmy began his long and distinguished career with the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, FL. Over the years, he worked in the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program, Youth Mediation/Work Program, the Worthless Check Program, and eventually he headed the Restitution Enforcement Program. In addition, he assisted with special projects including managing citizen volunteers (mediators).


While working at the State Attorney’s Office, he developed a passion for the Tax Collection Enforcement Diversion Program. He felt it was wrong for millions of dollars of state sales tax to go uncollected. He convinced his long time friend State Senator Steve Wise to develop legislation that would allow State Attorney’s offices to go after these funds. The bill that was drafted, and eventually passed, allowed for some of the revenue to help working persons with significant disabilities, who because they are working, are disqualified from receiving social security income, to receive a small amount of money to pay for a personal care attendant. Jimmy understood that without personal care attendants many persons with disabilities couldn’t work. The bill established the Personal Care Attendant Program and the funding mechanism for the program – The Tax Collection Diversion Enforcement Program. Currently, six State Attorney’s offices in Florida have a tax collection diversion program.


Click here to learn more about the James Patrick Personal Assistant Services Program


Having no use of his arms or hands, in the beginning, Jimmy used a puff/sip telephone to make his many, many calls. For his computer, he used a mouth stick, but thanks to advances in technology, he eventually transitioned to a computer and phone system that used voice activated command software. In addition to serving on the Mayor’s Disability Council, the Board of Directors for CIL Jacksonville (and recognized for his service on both), Jimmy received:

The Liberty Bell Awarded in 1989 from the Jacksonville Bar Association for service to the legal community by someone who is not a lawyer.

The Davis Productivity Award in 1992 from Florida Tax Watch for his work in saving money for the tax payers.

The Prudential Financial & Davis Productivity Award in 2006 for the Tax Collection Enforcement Program..

The Celebrate Independence Award from Genesis Rehabilitation Hospitals and Centers in July 1995.

Jimmy Patrick
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