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Scholarships

Since its inception, the New England PGA Foundation (formerly the New England Professional Golfers Association Scholarship Fund) has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships to the children and grandchildren of PGA Professionals, as well as junior golfers in New England.

Under the direction of the New England PGA Foundation and its Scholarship Committee, we are aiming to continue growing the number of scholarships available, as well as the amount of funding available each year.

Information on available scholarships, eligibility requirements and application information is located below.

George Wemyss was the first Executive Director hired to oversee operations of the New England Section PGA. He was a retired Air Force colonel and pilot, who served in World War II. After the war he owned his own business for many years. When the New England Section PGA moved to have its operation run as a successful business, George’s business background made him the candidate of choice as the man to lead the Association into a new era of progress. His hiring was the beginning of many lifelong friendships and George’s love affair with the New England Section PGA of America, and visa-versa. George’s deep, gravelly voice commanded respect. He ran the Section with firmness, but beneath that exterior was a heart of gold that helped many NEPGA members with their careers and their personal lives too.

Under Wemyss direction, the New England Section catapulted to be one of PGA’s most respected and well-run Sections. The NEPGA honored Wemyss with the Golden Golf Award (formerly the Man of the Year) in 1983 and 1986 and that same year bestowed him with Honorary Membership.

Upon retirement in 1990. Wemyss was made the first recipient of the George S. Wemyss Award, renamed from the Golden Golf Award in his honor. The NEPGA also changed the name of the New England Section PGA Scholarship Fund to the NEPGA Geo. S. Wemyss Scholarship Fund so that he would not be forgotten. The supreme and ultimate recognition was freely given to George S. Wemyss in 1996 when he was the first inductee into the newly formed NEPGA Hall of Fame. Wemyss served the NEPGA as its executive director with a unique devotion for twenty-one years

George passed away on his 75th birthday, March 27, 1993, leaving a legacy of exemplary service to the New England Section PGA of America.

The NEPGA George Wemyss Scholarship is given each year to deserving students who are the children or grandchildren of New England PGA Professionals as they pursue their college education.  The application process begins with applying for the PGA of America Financial Assistance Scholarship Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) in either high school or college.
  • A student must be a child or grandchild of a PGA Member in good standing.
  • A student must be accepted for admission to a two-year or four-year college or university.
  • A student must be enrolled as a full-time student or be accepted as an incoming freshman pursuing a full-time course load.

Required Material

  • High School Seniors
    • Official Transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • SAT/ACT Test Scores
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable
  • Current College Students
    • Official transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • Most recently completed semester GPA
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable

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PGA of America Scholarship

Established in 1986, the program encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals for the PGA members’ children and grandchildren, based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. Since its inception, over $6.5 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 3,000 students. Last year this program awarded 183 scholarships totaling $411,000.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be children or grandchildren of a PGA member who is in good standing with the Association (the PGA member may be living or deceased).
  • Children or grandchildren of Class “F” PGA members are not eligible.
  • The involvement and achievement of the PGA member is not part of the selection criteria.
  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) or higher in either high school or college to be eligible to apply.
  • Any incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Applicants who are high school seniors must have or plan to complete high school prior to September 1st.
  • All applicants must be enrolled as or plan to enroll as a full time student in order to be eligible. A full time student is defined as one who is taking 12 or more hours in a course of study leading to a traditional associates or baccalaureate degree.
  • The PGA Scholarship Program is designed to award scholarships (at least one per PGA section provided the section has an applicant who has met the required guidelines). The amount and number of scholarships is determined by the availability of funds, and may vary from year to year based on these factors and IRS guidelines concerning private scholarship foundations. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the PGA Scholarship Committee.
  • Students should ensure they are eligible for the scholarship per NCAA Rules, Regulations and Guidelines.
  • A student on a full ride from the university (academic or sports) is not eligible as the scholarship can only be applied to tuition, books and lab fees.
  • Up to 20% of funding will go to students displaying a financial need (must still meet academic requirements) detailed in Financial Need Section of application. In order to obtain the required Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, you must have filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will, within 3 to 5 days, receive an email with instructions on how to access your SAR (Student Aid Report). Your EFC number is listed on the first page of your SAR.
  • High School seniors will be evaluated on the following ranking percentages:
    • (60%) Cumulative GPA
    • (30%) ACT and/or SAT college test scores (SAT Superscores are accepted)
    • (10%) Extracurricular activities
  • College credit whether earned at high school or college level applies to college review and counts towards the cumulative GPA.
  • Current college students will be evaluated on the following ranking percentages:
    • (60%) Cumulative GPA
    • (30%) Class level GPA
    • (10%) Extracurricular activities
  • Scholarship is for first four years only. Students must re-apply each year. (No graduate studies or 5th year under-graduate)
  • The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, books and lab fees only.

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Bill Flynn was a NEPGA Professional and Hall of Fame Inductee, who overcame a partially paralyzed right arm from birth to become an icon in the North Shore and New England golf circles. He was the first Head Golf Professional at Thomson Country Club, where he served in that role from 1961-1986.  An accomplished player, Mr. Flynn won the 1959 Vermont Open, the 1963 Massachusetts Open, and the 1968 New England PGA Section Championship. Mr. Flynn also served on the executive committee of the New England PGA for seven years, then assumed the duties of secretary-treasurer for three years followed by his presidency from 1973-1976. During his career, he also served as Vice-President of the PGA of America.

The New England PGA Foundation and the NEPGA Junior Tour are proud to partner together to make this scholarship possible. This scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded in the winner’s name to the university/college of attendance.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current NEPGA Junior Tour member (2019)
  • Must have graduated high school during the spring of 2019.
  • Must have been a member of the NEPGA Jr. Tour for 3+ years (current year can be included)
  • Must be enrolled/attend an accredited 2 year or 4 year college or university in the fall of 2019
  • Must have outstanding personal character, sportsmanship, and leadership qualities.

Required Documents

  • Number of Years junior has been a member of the NEPGA Jr. Tour
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • School Activities (golf/other sports/clubs/etc)
  • Essay of 500 words or less on the reason junior should be awarded the scholarship
  • Community Service (Non-Golf Activities)
  • GPS (Must include/attach final 2019 High School Transcript)
  • Copy of college/university acceptance letter

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The NEPGA Foundation and the Cape Cod Chapter team up to promote the Gary Philbrick Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Philbrick was a respected member of the Cape Cod Golf community and a PGA Professional for nearly three decades. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow professionals, charitable organizations, and the golf community at large. Gary was the recipient of many awards, most notably the Bill Strausbaugh Club Relations Award by the NEPGA, and he was also named Cape Cod PGA Professional of the Year twice.

Diane Philbrick & children, Lindsay, Ian, and Tracy; along with Gary’s brothers Richard, David, Jeffrey, and Mark are joining with the Cape Cod PGA in hopes to keep memory of Gary alive with an endowed scholarship fund created from the proceeds.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be going to college or in college planning a career in the golf industry.
  • Applicants must live in one of the towns on Cape Cod or the Islands.
  • Interview is required. (Candidates must dress in proper golf attire)
  • Scholarship is need-based and applicant must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

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In an effort to recognize NEPGA Junior Tour juniors and to assist them with their higher academic goals, the New England PGA Junior Tour (Foundation) will be awarding four (4) scholarships of $2,000 each to high school graduating seniors. Applicants must be members of the NEPGA Junior Tour for at least three years and will be attending an accredited 2 year or 4 year college or university in the fall of 2019.

This packet contains information on the 2019 NEPGA Junior Tour Scholarship. Students and parents should read the entire document before filling out the application. Below are a few key reminders:

− This application must be accompanied by the required documents
− Scholarships will be awarded in the winner’s name to the university/college of attendance.
Eligibility:
− Must be a current NEPGA Junior Tour member (2019).
− Must have graduated High School during the spring of 2019.
− Must have been a member of NEPGA Jr Tour for 3+ years (current year can be included)
− Must be enrolled/attend an accredited 2 year or 4 year college or university in the fall of 2019.
− Must have outstanding personal character, sportsmanship, and leadership qualities.

Criteria & Required Documents:

1) Number of Years junior has been a member of the NEPGA Jr Tour
2) Letter of Recommendation
3) School Activities (golf/other sports/clubs etc.)
4) Essay of 500 words or less on the reason junior should be awarded the scholarship
5) Community Service (Non-Golf Activities)
6) GPA (Must include/attach final 2019 High School Transcript)
7) Copy of college/university acceptance letter
*Note: Jr. Members who are receiving collegiate athletic scholarships are ineligible for the NEPGA Jr Scholarship

The Deadline for filing is Monday, July 1, 2019
PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS to Jacy Settles (jsettles@pgahq.com 508 869-0000)

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
New England PGA Junior Golf Committee
P.O. Box 743
81C Shrewsbury Street Boylston, MA. 01505

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Tom Murphy was a well-known and respected sales representative in the New England PGA Section for many years. In 1993, Tom was given and honorary membership to the New England PGA. In memory of Tom Murphy and the great things he did for the game of golf in New England, we are proud to give out the Tom Murphy Scholarship every year.  The application process begins with applying for the PGA of America Financial Assistance Scholarship Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) in either high school or college.
  • A student must be a child or grandchild of a PGA Member in good standing.
  • A student must be accepted for admission to a two-year or four-year college or university.
  • A student must be enrolled as a full-time student or be accepted as an incoming freshman pursuing a full-time course load.

Required Material

  • High School Seniors
    • Official Transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • SAT/ACT Test Scores
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable
  • Current College Students
    • Official transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • Most recently completed semester GPA
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable

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The Ted & Anne O’Rourke Scholarship is given each year to deserving students who are the children or grandchildren of New England PGA Professionals as they pursue their college education. The application process begins with applying for the PGA of America Financial Assistance Scholarship Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher (unweighted GPA based on a 4.0 scale) in either high school or college.
  • A student must be a child or grandchild of a PGA Member in good standing.
  • A student must be accepted for admission to a two-year or four-year college or university.
  • A student must be enrolled as a full-time student or be accepted as an incoming freshman pursuing a full-time course load.

Required Material

  • High School Seniors
    • Official Transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • SAT/ACT Test Scores
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable
  • Current College Students
    • Official transcript with Cumulative GPA (must be 3.4 or above)
    • Most recently completed semester GPA
    • Student Aid Report (SAR), if applicable

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Stan BaluikKirkbrae Country Club, in conjunction with New England PGA Foundation, is pleased to introduce the Stan Baluik Scholarship.

This scholarship is named after longtime PGA Professional Stan Baluik, who distinguished himself as a club professional and competitive golfer throughout his career. Stan was the Head Golf Professional at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island from 1963-2005 and is a member of the NEPGA Hall of Fame as well as the Rhode Island Golf Hall of Fame.

This $2000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior golfer from Northern Rhode Island in an effort to assist him/her in achieving his/her academic goals. Applicants must be residents of one of the towns named below and will be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the Fall of 2019.

Eligibility Requirements are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a resident of one of the following towns or cities: Burrillville, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Smithfield, Woonsocket
  • Applicant must be enrolled and attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the Fall of 2019
  • Applicant must be engaged with the game of golf—proof of engagement will be required in a form of recommendation letters from school team coach, PGA professional, or school administrator.

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