Golf Your Way To College With Golf Scholarships For Girls
Girl’s golf scholarship programs are growing. With young women like Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson becoming professional at a young age, girls are starting to play golf at younger ages. Even those who don’t turn pro are using golf to their benefit when it comes to higher education.
Getting a golf scholarship is competitive, so doing your research when an athlete enters a high school golf program is essential to successfully securing a golf scholarship. More than 70,000 girls play golf in high school. While there are more than 800 colleges and universities that have a golf program, there are less than 1,000 scholarship programs that are golf specific.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) offer golf scholarships to girls, and competition is growing for these. But there are other scholarships available through associations and private organizations including:
LPGA offers four major scholarships:
- The Dinah Shore Scholarship awards one $5,000 scholarship annually to a senior who played golf in high school, but isn’t going to play for a college team.
- The Marilynn Smith Scholarship awards ten $5,000 scholarships to seniors who will play golf at the collegiate level.
- The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is a $1,250 scholarship awarded to a high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be playing golf at the collegiate level.
- The Goldie Bateson Scholarship is an initiative of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) Midwest Section membership. Ten $250 scholarships are given out annually to junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 17 who have an interest in learning and playing the game of golf and live in one of the following states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama.
Other organizations that provide golf scholarships include: