Junior Scholarship Information
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.
Please contact the Illinois PGA office with any questions at 847-729-5700.
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.
|2023||Nora Mulcahy||Aurora University|
|2022||Abigail Reiser||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|2021||Olivia DeMattia||University of Michigan|
|2020||Carly Schiene||Valparaiso University|
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.
|AWARD YEAR||NAME||SCHOOL||PGA RELATIONSHIP|
|2023||Christopher Pytell||Triton College||Son of Chris Pytell, PGA|
|2023||Preston Pratali||Illinois State University||Son of Eric Pratali, PGA|
|2023||Emma Johnsen||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee||Granddaughter of Dennis Johnsen, PGA|
|2023||Ava DeMattia||Michigan State University||Daughter of Connie DeMattia, PGA|
|2023||Mia DeMattia||Indiana University||Daughter of Connie DeMattia, PGA|
|2023||Katherine Johnsen||University of Minnesota||Granddaughter of Dennis Johnsen, PGA|
|2022||Ben Holub||Southern Illinois University||Son of Mike Holub, PGA|
|2022||Will Troy||Illinois State University||Son of Mike Troy, PGA|
|2022||Stephen Williams||University of Missouri||Son of Mike Williams, PGA|
|2022||Nathan Lunde||University of St. Francis||Son of Scott Lunde, PGA|
|2022||Lindsay Stevenson||Miami University||Daughter of Ed Stevenson, PGA|
|2022||Braden Kralis||Illinois State University||Son of Ray Kralis, PGA|
|2022||Abigail Lorenz||University of Kansas||Daughter of Richard Lorenz, PGA|
|2021||Zachary Mulhearn||Loyola University- Chicago||Son of Danny Mulhearn, PGA|
|2021||Charlie Chemers||University of Illinois||Son of Harlan Chemers, PGA|
|2021||Emily Stevenson||Miami University||Daughter of Ed Stevenson, PGA|
|2021||Brett Paeglow||Eastern Kentucky University||Son of David Paeglow, PGA|
|2021||Zachary Lunde||North Central College||Son of Scott Lunde, PGA|
|2021||Olivia DeMattia||University of Michigan||Daughter of Connie DeMattia, PGA|
|2021||Noah Dutler||Luther College||Son of Brian Dutler, PGA|
|2020||Morgan Krouse||Eastern Illinois University||Daughter of Tim Krouse, PGA|
|2020||Jack Paeglow||Illinois State University||Son of Dave Paeglow, PGA|
|2020||Carly Schiene||Valparaiso University||Daughter of Marty Schiene, PGA|
|2020||Claire Lunde||DePaul University||Daughter of Scott Lunde, PGA|
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.
|2023||Jakob Schmidt||College of DuPage|
|2022||Ryan Beerheide||Rose Hulman Institute of Technology|
|2021||Zachary Mulhearn||Loyola University-Chicago|
|2020||Grant Klepitsch||Wittenberg University|
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.
|2023||Chase Groelle||Penn State University|
|2023||Patrick Neustadt||Michigan State University|