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Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program

Grads throwing hats into the airThe purpose of the Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education goals for youth who have demonstrated a high level of achievement during high school, have financial need and have shown an interest in the game of golf. For more information and to download the scholarship application, click the below link.

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Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarships

Bill Cowles Scholarship – One at $2,500

This scholarship is named after long time Georgia PGA volunteer Bill Cowles of Lilburn.  Bill has volunteered for the Georgia PGA since 2002 having worked approximately 20 professional and Junior Tour events each year.  He has been a key part in the success of the Georgia PGA Junior Tour throughout it’s 17 years of existence, working nearly 100 tournaments.  In 2016, he was elected Honorary Lifetime Member of the Georgia PGA.  Bill enjoys watching the personal growth of the players as they develop the benefits usually associated with competitive golf.  These include the life skills of sportsmanship, integrity, self-discipline, perseverance, and graciously accepting and overcoming occasional failures or set-backs.  It is his belief that these skills will be vital to the player in enjoying and prospering in their collegiate and adult lives.

Chuck Edmonson Scholarship – One at $2,500

This scholarship is named after long time Georgia PGA volunteer Chuck Edmonson of Suwanee.  Chuck has volunteered for the Georgia PGA since 2000 having worked approximately 20 professional and Junior Tour events each year.  He has been a key part in the success of the Georgia PGA Junior Tour throughout it’s 17 years of existence, working nearly 100 tournaments.  In 2016, he was elected Honorary Lifetime Member of the Georgia PGA.  When not working tournaments, Chuck enjoys creative cooking and working on his active model railroad.  However, the real joy comes from watching our young junior golfers grow into young adults, then whenever possible, watch and follow their college careers.  “This is very rewarding as a Rules Official, thinking that somewhere in their growth you may have had a helping hand.  The Rules of Golf are very similar to the rules of life, they constantly change, and we must learn to adapt.”

Eligibility

  • All applicants must be Georgia PGA Junior Tour Members in 2018 and/or 2019. The applicants golfing ability will not be a determining factor in the evaluation process, however the applicant must have participated in at least two Georgia PGA Junior Tour events in 2018 or 2019.  Applicants must reside within the State of Georgia.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to meet educational expenses.
  • Applicants must have completed high school prior to August 15, 2019 and must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student. A full time student is defined as one who is taking 12 or more hours in a course of study leading to a traditional associate (2 year) or baccalaureate (4 year) degree at an accredited college or university located within the United States, or considered a full time student by his/her respective institution.
  • The Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Committee will review class ranking, grade point average (GPA) and either ACT or SAT test scores, the student’s participation in Georgia PGA Junior Tour events, on-course etiquette and sportsmanship, extracurricular activities, distinguished honors and financial need.

Application & Selection Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a combination of the following areas:

  • High School Academic Record (Cumulative GPA and Class Rank)
    • Note: Transcript should be from Fall Semester of 2018-2019 school year.
  • ACT and/or SAT scores
  • College Admission Notice
  • Determination of Financial Need {Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Junior Golf Participation
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation (Preferred, but not mandatory)
    • Letter from High School Teacher, Counselor or Advisor
    • Letter from PGA Professional
  • Personal Essay of 100-300 words

Timeline

April 30, 2019: Deadline to return applications to the GPGA Foundation
May 10, 2019: Deadline for school transcripts to be received by GPGA Foundation
May 30, 2019: Recipients announced
June 30, 2019: Funds distributed to appropriate Colleges/Universities

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Scholarship Opportunities

Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

The purpose of the Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education goals for youth who have demonstrated a high level of achievement during high school, have financial need and have shown an interest in the game of golf. Two scholarships are available: the Bill Cowles Scholarship and the Chuck Edmonson Scholarship.

Scholarship Application

Shirley and Billy Weir Scholarship

Deadline to apply: March 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The Shirley and Billy Weir Scholarship honors the memory of two of the Georgia golf community's most favorite people.

Billy Weir was one of the very first sales representatives hired by Karsten Solheim to represent PING in the late 1960's. Billy often referred to the PING opportunity as life-altering. It is this premise on which Billy made a decision to create a scholarship foundation to offer deserving young people a similar life-altering opportunity.

Shirley, with her famous, "yes, I work here" apron, was a fixture at the scoreboard for many state and regional competitions for years. Shirley could always bring sunshine to a cloudy day after less than a stellar round.

Billy was the PING Man and was rumored to have been the model for the original PING Man caricature found in the earlier PING promotional pieces. Billy was a long-time sponsor of events in the Georgia PGA, as well as a benefactor for many of the professionals. Billy was the first person to be honored as a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Georgia Section, PGA.

Scholarship Application

PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019

Established in 1986, the program provides college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA members. It encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals for the children and grandchildren of PGA members, based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. Click here to view the requirements.

Scholarship Application

Georgia State Golf Foundation Scholarships

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Programs and goals:

  • Provide educational opportunities for employees, or children of employees, of GSGA Member Clubs, through the Yates Scholarship Program
  • Provide educational opportunities for young people who are in the study of turfgrass and agronomy at the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College through the James B. "Monty" Moncrief Turfgrass Scholarship Program
  • The celebration of the scholars' accomplishments at the annual Scholars Luncheon

Scholarship Application

The Druid Hills Golf Club Foundation’s Wayne Reynolds Scholarship

Deadline to apply: April 27, 2019

The Scholarship was established by Wayne Reynolds, a long-time member of Druid Hills Golf Club, in Atlanta, Georgia. He wanted to leave something special for junior golfers in the state of Georgia  - a stepping stone to higher education – so he established a $12,000 four year scholarship for eligible junior golfers. The purpose of the Reynolds Scholarship is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher educational goals for students who have demonstrated successful participation in a junior golf program in Georgia.  The Scholarship provides yearly grants for deserving undergraduate students at accredited two or four year colleges or universities.

Scholarship Application

KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019

The Office of Condoleezza Rice is now accepting applications for the KPMG Future Leaders Program – Class 2017.  They will select top high school senior female students from around the country to participate in the program and receive a college scholarship for $10,000 each year for 4 years of college, attend the 3-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat at Stanford University this July, and participate in the KPMG Future Leaders Mentoring Program for one year. Download the Cover Letter.

Scholarship Application

LPGA Foundation Scholarships

All three LPGA scholarships are for female high school seniors who play golf and are planning to attend a college or university in the fall. Please note that The Dinah Shore Scholarship is for an individual who will not be playing on a competitive collegiate golf team; whereas, The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is for an individual planning to play competitive golf in college. The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is also for someone playing collegiate golf but additionally they need to be from a recognized minority background and demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship Application

Folds of Honor Foundation Scholarships

To be eligible, an applicant must be the spouse or dependant of:

  • An active duty or Reserve Component soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman killed or disabled in the Global War on Terror or other unique applications presented to and approved by the FHF board in writing on a case-by-case basis. Special consideration will be given to wounded soldiers with a Veterans Administration rating below 90%.
  • An active duty or Reserve Component soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who is currently classified as a POW or MIA.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A service member who received a Purple Heart Medal

Scholarship Application

Giving Back

The Georgia PGA Foundation was founded in 1974 with support from both the GSGA and the Georgia PGA in Memoriam of Robert T. Jones. The Foundation’s mission is to introduce and engage individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to the game of golf by providing instruction, education and playing opportunities. The Georgia PGA Foundation will impact and enhance the lives of individuals utilizing the game of golf– a gift for a lifetime. The Foundation will achieve its vision and mission through fundraising programs and golf programming targeted to enhance individuals’ lives and better communities.

Developed in 2008, the new license plate program will help to promote Georgia’s thriving Golf Industry and to help the Georgia PGA Foundation establish a golf grant program that would benefit individuals and also youth golf programs throughout Georgia. The Georgia PGA Foundation Junior Golf Grant Programs are designed to assist individuals and organizations in the State of Georgia for the benefit of youth, introduce young people to golf, instruct young people in golf, teach the values of golf, and stress life skills, fair play, courtesy, and self-discipline.

Additionally, the Grant Programs are intended to help individuals and organizations that provide junior golf programs that serve economically disadvantaged youth, children with special needs and the general population.