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Golf Scholarhips

Below is the most comprehensive list of golf scholarships available. Quite a few of these come with some restrictions as to who can apply, whereas others do not have any such restrictions. You will see that some of these scholarships are for females only, whereas others are for high school seniors. Others, on the other hand, require you to be planning to play golf in college, while some others require that you have played golf in the past and are not planning to play in college. Some scholarships also have requirements such as you plan to pursue a degree like golf course management or turfgrass management, etc. As you can see, each scholarship differs as to their application requirements. In fact, some also take into account such considerations as merit, whereas others pay more attention to need. Some scholarships, on the other hand, have no such restrctions, and one can apply whether he or she is male, female, high school or college student, and irrespective of what degree he is planning to pursue in college, including whether or not he plans to be playing collegiate golf or not. 



College Golf Scholarships:

1. Dinah Shore Scholarship:

For female high school seniors who have played golf regularly for the two years before the application (or have played in a minimum of 50% of their high school's golf events). The student must have been accepted to a US college or university, and must not be planning to play on a competitive collegiate golf team. You need to submit an application form, as well as high school transcripts, an autobiography, and three recommendation letters. There is also a minimum GPA requirement of 3.2. One scholarship of $5,000 is offered. 


2. Marilyn Smith Scholarship:

For high school girls who are in their senior year and have already been admitted to a college or university in the United States. The applicant must have played golf regularly for the past two years or have played at least in 50% of her high school's golf events. Unlike the Dinah Shore Scholarships though, the student must be planning to play on a competitive collegiate golf team. A minimum high school GPA of 3.2 is required. You also need to submit an application form, together with high school transcripts, an autobiographical esssay and three letters of recommendation. Two scholarships of $3,000 each are available.


3. Pyhllis G. Meekins Scholarship:
For minority female high school seniors who will be pursuing a college and university in the United States and will be playing collegiate golf. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.00, and must demonstrate financial need. In order to apply, the application form, high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an autobiographical essay, and the student's Student Aid Report (as well as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)) are needed. Reognized minority groups, for this scholarship, are: US citizens or legal residents of African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Pasific Islanders, or people of Hispanic descent. One scholarship of $1,250 is available.


4. Stonehouse Golf Youth Scholarships:

For high school seniors who have participated in high school golf teams for at least two seasons during high school and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Students with outstanding gof achievements are especially encouraged to apply. Students must be planning to enroll in either a 4- or 2-year college or university. 20 scholarships of $500 each are available.


5. Women's Western Gof Foundation Scholarships:
For high school senior girls who demonstrate financial need and meet the entrance requirements of an accredited college or university. To apply, candidates need to fill in an application form together with a statement of family financial condition and a statement of the applicant's involvement with golf. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, involvement of gold, and excellence of character. These scholarships are renewable as long as the student has continued need of financial assistance and has at least a 3.00 GPA in college. Winners receive $3,000 yearly.

6. Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Foundation (GCSAA) Scholarships:

For high school seniors or students who are already in college. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of GCSAA members. Scholarships are given for 5 or more consequtive years. Winners receive $1,500.


7. The Scotts Company Scholars Program

For college freshmen, sophomores, juniors or high school seniors planning to enter the golf course industry. Minorities from different ethnic backgrounds and women are especially encouraged to apply. 5 finalists are selected, who get $500 each. 2 winners get $2,500.


8. James Watson Turfgrass Scholarships

For future educators and researchers of the turfgrass industry. These are scholarships for masters and PhD students (graduate level). Academic excellence, peer recommendations, communication skills and research ability are important considerations. Four scholarships and fellowships of up to $5,000 are given every year.


9. GCSAA Scholars Competition:

For GCSAA members who are in a college or university and have also completed at least 24 credit hours or one year at their college or university. The criteria for this program include academic merit, work experience, extracurricular activities and potential to become a leading professional in golf course management industry. Several scholarships of $500 to $6,000 each are available. 


10. GCSAA Student Essay Scholarships:

For undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in turfgrass science, agronomy or any other field related to golf course management. Applicants are asked to write an essay that is 7 to 12 pages in length, double spaced. Essays should be original, well-organized and creative. Prizes are $2,000 for the first place, $1,500 for the second place and $1,000 for the third place. Winning essays may be published on the GCSAA website.


11. Par Aide's Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Golf Grants:

For graduating high school students who have been accepted to a college or trade school. Selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities and leadership skills. Applicants should also submit an original essay of up to 500 words describing a significant experience, achievement or risk and its effect on them. Financial need is not a factor in the selection for these grants.


12. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Scholarships:

For high school students, college students or adult students who have served at least two years as golf caddies, as golf pro shop workers, or in course superintendent operations at a club in Massacchusetts. The scholarship is to be used for undergraduate study. These scholarships are need- and merit-based and are renewable. Several scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $7,500 are available. Transcripts and SAT scores are required to apply, among other things.



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Remember also that as a student interested in golf, you are not only restricted to sholarships specifically for golf, but you can also apply for generic sports or athletic scholarships, as well as other generic scholarships that are open to any student. Visit our other scholarships page for more on this.