2021 Scholarship: Applications are due by December 31, 2021 (date extended) and $500 winner selected by March 31, 2022.
2nd Annual Grow the Game Scholarship Winner: Lois Sheaffer, Aeronautical Science major at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Lois Sheaffer was selected as the winner of the 2nd Annual Grow the Game Scholarship. Lois came late to golf as a freshman in high school, but through her efforts, she was able to quickly break 80 and is now on her way to playing college golf at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where she plans to hone another challenging skill — flying planes. Her goal is to eventually become a private pilot for PGA Tour players while making sure to card plenty of rounds. Find out more about Lois’ story here
It’s no secret that golf is going through some challenges. Courses, club manufacturers and stores are closing. Rounds per year are down from recent peaks. For whatever the reason, whether it’s shortened attention spans, a long Great Recession hangover or the air deflating from a Tiger Woods bubble – it’s clear that the sport we love needs help.
Both Kyle and I graduated from the University of Illinois and like many other students across the country, did so with significant student loans. The cost of college has gone from being the cost of a car to the cost of a house. Paying back the student loans needed for a quality education means less that can be saved for retirement. It’s a problem without a solution in sight.
It may seem that we can’t do much, as a couple of small-time weekend golfers and bloggers, to help grow golf or solve the tuition crisis. That’s probably true on a large scale, but that won’t stop us from making our small dent in both problems.
We want to give back to students and the golf community by helping lower the cost to attend college, so we’re creating the TwoGolfGuys.com Grow the Game of Golf Scholarship, which will start with $500 per year and be increased in the future. The scholarship will be awarded to those attending college who have plans to, or are actively growing the game of golf.
Additionally, all applicants will be entered into the soon to be announced RAFFLE for a free golf GPS watch!
Why a Scholarship? Isn’t this a blog?
If we didn’t set up this scholarship, we’d probably be donating to the general scholarship fund at school. Our own scholarship let’s us target students we think deserve some help and helps grow the future of golf.
Who can apply
This scholarship is open to all students with preference given to those either pursuing golf-related careers, play competitively and/or are active in the golf community via education, charity or employment at a golf facility or in product development. We’re really looking for a compelling story where the money will do the most good for the student and the game.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a short essay of 500-1000 words on one of the following topics to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) How will you help grow the game of golf?
2) What are the biggest challenges in encouraging youth to play golf and how can we solve them?
3) How has golf made you a better person?
Applications are due before December 31st of each year. The winner will notified via email and profiled on our website. Must be able to provide proof of enrollment in a 4-year college or university in the United States. Subject to all local laws and regulations.
Who are we?
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Other Past Winners
1st Annual Grow the Game Scholarship Winner: Skyler Hong, Biochemistry major at Arizona State University
In November 2017, we announced Skyler Hong as our first winner of the Grow the Game Scholarship. Skyler has a great story and has shown his commitment to growing the game through volunteering as a golf instructor at multiple schools while not in the chemistry lab in his pursuit of becoming a dentist. His perseverance and ability to adapt following challenges in his career as a PGA Tour pro are a testament to the lessons the game of golf can bring. Read more about Skyler’s story here.