The Illinois PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section PGA, one of the forty-one geographical regions that compromise the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA of America). Granting scholarships to deserving men and women is one way the Foundation continues its charitable commitment. Scholarships are awarded annually, with annual renewals for eligible students through their college education.
Each Scholarship seeks to encourage and promote the attainment of higher educational goals for high school men and women who have been involved in extracurricular activities, achieved academic excellence in the classroom and have demonstrated leadership in the community. In 2017, 14 recipients have earned scholarships totaling $19,400.
Application Deadline: Applications coming January 2018
ALICE MEYER BROWN SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to graduating Illinois high school women who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the golf course, The Illinois PGA Foundation's Alice Meyer Brown Scholarship fund was established in 1995 through a grant from the Meyer Family Foundation. Named in memory of Alice Meyer Brown, an accomplished amateur golfer and local club champion, the scholarship seeks to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education for graduating high school women who have continued to demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom, while accomplishing outstanding achievements in golf.
DON PIEPER SCHOLARSHIP
The Illinois PGA Foundation Don Pieper Scholarship Award encourages and promotes the attainment of higher education goals for the children, grandchildren, child-in-laws, nieces or nephews of Illinois PGA members who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement.
Additionally, any individual who resides within the geographic boundaries of the Illinois PGA Section and is currently enrolled in a Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) at one of the PGA accredited colleges or universities offering such a program, shall be eligible for a Foundation Scholarship Award.
LOUIS M. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP
The Louis M. Brown Scholarship Fund seeks to encourage and promote the attainment of higher educational goals for high school men who have excelled in the game of golf, achieved academic excellence in the classroom and have demonstrated leadership in the community.
The Louis M. Brown Scholarship was created in 2009 with a gift from the Meyer Family Foundation. Named after the family's late patriarch, the Louis M. Brown Scholarship strives to perpetuate this goal and provide the means for outstanding student golfers to continue on the path to achieving their academic goals.
OSCAR MILES ENDOWMENT FUND
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, a $1M gift was pledged to the Illinois PGA Foundation in 2004 to create two endowed funds in honor of Merit Club's PGA Director of Golf, Don Pieper, and Merit Club's renowned Golf Course Superintendent Oscar Miles.
Awards from the Oscar Miles Endowment Fund are provided to the following areas of interest: turfgrass research, continuing education for MAGCS and TETA members, children & grandchildren of MAGCS members pursuing a college education and non-profit organizations that utilize golf to promote youth development.
PGA WORKS Golf Management University Scholarship Program The PGA of America has established a new scholarship program designed to recruit and assist students from diverse backgrounds in their intent to pursue PGA of America Membership. Scholarship awards of $8,000 each will be awarded to up to five students pursuing a PGA Golf Management University Program degree.
Applicants must be high school seniors, high school graduates or current undergraduates planning to enroll in, or are already enrolled in, fulltime undergraduate study at one of the 18 accredited PGA Golf Management Universities for the entire 2018-19 academic year. Qualified applicants must be pursuing a PGA Golf Management University Program degree with the intent to pursue PGA of America Membership.
Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, an outside appraisal, and demonstrated active participation in the game of golf. To increase diversity and inclusiveness in PGA of America Membership, preference will be given to people of color and women.
To learn more and apply, visit https://scholarsapply.org/pgaworks. Applications must be submitted on or before February 28, 2018. This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.