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30 July 2018 : Former Academy Midfielder Wins USA Scholarship
Former Yeovil Town Academy player Jack Hilton-Jones will be leaving the country for this next footballing experience. He has gained himself a scholarship at Georgia State University, where he will study for a degree in Mathematics. The course will also allow him to combine his classroom studies with football, meaning that he still will have a chance to continue his ambition of becoming a professional player in the future.

The 18 year old midfielder was one of seven scholars released by the club in May 2018, with Joe Tomlinson having found himself a new position within Brighton and Hove Albion's development squad set-up. He has gained his move to the Atlanta university thanks to some help from the PASS4Soccer Scholarships Network, who used footage from both his former club Southampton and from Yeovil Town to circulate to candidate Universities.

PASS4Soccer also help in terms of arranging the coverage of the scholarships, which can help finance tuition fees, accommodation and food, on a partial or full basis. PASS4Soccer Director Daniel Gray has told the Western Gazette that some of this stemmed from the player keeping a Plan B open, in case Yeovil Town didn't offer him anything:

"It has been a pleasure dealing with Jack and we are delighted that he has secured such a good university in Georgia State. Getting to live in Atlanta, Georgia will be a great experience alongside his university and soccer commitments. Despite playing for Yeovil Town FC and his plan A being to gain a professional contract there, Jack was keen to put a plan B in place in case he wasn’t offered a deal. We wish him well for his time in the USA."

Jack is expected to be out in Georgia for the next four years.

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