Scholarship Application

Welcome to the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program. Established in 1986, the program provides college scholarships for children and grandchildren of PGA members. It encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals for the children and grandchildren of PGA members, based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. Since its inception, some $5.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 2,668 students. Last year, this program awarded 140 scholarships totaling $325,000. Thank you for your interest in applying. Please note the following important information.

Important Information

  • Applications must be submitted online at PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2014.
  • Students must submit via mail a sealed official transcript for the first semester of the current school year.
  • Please be aware of your spring break times from school as schoool offices may be closed.
  • If you are applying for financial need also submit the first page of your SAR (Student Aid Report).
The transcripts must be received by March 16, 2014 and must include:
High School Seniors Cumulative GPA
SAT/ACT Test Scores
Current College Students Cumulative GPA
Most recently completed semester GPA

Please mail transcripts and the first page of the Student Aid Report (if applicable) to:

Caroline Blackwood
Grant and Scholarship Specialist
The PGA of America
100 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Phone: (561) 624-7612
Email: cblackwood@pgahq.com

Application Requirements

Note: Two new changes for 2015

  • (New) A student can only receive a maximum of two scholarships during their four year undergraduate studies.
  • (New) A student on a full ride from the university (academic or sports) are 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 EFC number, you must have filled out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you will within 3-5 days receive an email with instructions on how to access your SAR (Student Aid Report). Your EFC number (Expected Family Contribution) is listed on the first page of your SAR (Student Aid Report).
  • Beginning with 2014 graduating high school seniors (incoming Freshman in Fall of 2014) the total number of scholarships a student can receive will be limited to 2 total scholarships over the 4 years of undergraduate college attendance.
  • A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in either high school or college to be eligible to apply.
  • High School seniors will be evaluated on the following ranking percentages:
    • (60%) Cumulative GPA
    • (30%) ACT and/or SAT college test scores
    • (10%) Extracurricular activities
  • All 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
  • 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 scholarship is for first four years only. Students must re-apply each year. (No graduate studies or 5th year under-graduate)
  • Any incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.
  • The involvement and achievement of the PGA member is not part of the selection criteria.
  • Applicants who are high school seniors must have or plan to complete high school prior to September 1st. They must also be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student at an accredited college or university located within the United States. 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.
  • The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, books and lab fees only.

Application Closed

Application is currently closed, please check back in November of every year for updates to this page. The new applications usually go live on November 15th.