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Georgia PGA Foundation Scholarship Program
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. For more information and to download the scholarship application, click the below link.




 


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 15 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 15 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 2016 and/or 2017.  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 2016 or 2017.  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, 2017 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 2016-2017 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 20, 2017: Deadline to return applications to the GPGA Foundation
April 30, 2017: Deadline for school transcripts to be received by GPGA Foundation
May 15, 2017: Recipients announced                                   
June 30, 2017: Funds distributed to appropriate Colleges/Universities       


Click here to view available scholarship opportunities for juniors.      




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.