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Kansas Junior Golf Scholarships Awarded for 2016

The Kansas Golf Foundation has awarded Kansas Junior Golf Scholarships to five high school seniors for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This year’s class joins 14 Junior Golf Scholars from past years whose grants are being renewed.

The 2016 Kansas Junior Golf Scholars and the colleges they will be attending next year are:

Katlyn Hays (Goodland) – Washburn University
Jack Howard (Hutchinson) – University of Kansas
Hunter Marshall (St. Marys) – Highland Community College
Parker Olmsted (Ottawa) – Ottawa University
Elissa Zerr (Colby) – Kansas State University

Any Kansas high school student who has participated in organized junior golf may apply for the KJGS, although golf skill is not considered in making the selections.  The scholarship is awarded based on academic performance, community service and leadership, financial need, and the student’s essay about how he or she has benefitted from the game of golf.  Scholars must attend a Kansas college or university.

Since 2005, the Kansas Golf Foundation has awarded scholarships to 60 junior golfers who have attended 23 different Kansas colleges. “Our scholarship is unique because it is the only statewide college scholarship given exclusively to young men and women who have played junior golf in Kansas” says Phil Miller, Executive Director of the Kansas Golf Foundation. “And since the average Kansas college graduate leaves with over $25,000 in student debt, this scholarship truly helps those junior golfers pay for college right here in Kansas.”

The Kansas Golf Foundation was formed in 1991 and its Mission is “Promote the Future and Preserve the History of Golf in Kansas”.  In addition to the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship, the Foundation operates the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, honoring Kansas men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf or who are distinguished by their outstanding accomplishments as players.

The Foundation also has undertaken to introduce golf to every student in the state, collaborating with the PGA Midwest Section Foundation’s Golf In Schools initiative. As of the fall of 2016, over 200,000 students in school districts around the state will be learning golf as part of their regular physical education curriculum.

More information about the Foundation is available at www.kansasgolf.org/foundation