The Minnesota PGA Junior Golf program has announced four recipients of the PGA REACH Minnesota Scholarship and five winners of the 3M Open Fund – Minnesota PGA Scholarship for 2019.
There were 82 applications for the scholarships, the highest amount in any year since the scholarship program was put in place in 1996. Since that time, more than $400,000 has been awarded to more than 128 scholarships recipients.
“The purpose of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to those who have promoted and excelled at the game of golf and have also excelled academically and in their communities as well.” Minnesota PGA CEO Jeffrey Hintz said.
To be eligible for the PGA REACH Minnesota Scholarship, applicants must have been a member of the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Program in a current or previous year. The applicant also must be a senior in high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
This year’s winners of the PGA REACH Minnesota Scholarship were Carter Doose, of St. Peter, Minn. attending St. Cloud State University, Olivia Peterson of Marshall, Minn. also attending St. Cloud State University, Molly Stevens of Northfield, Minn. attending Augustana University, and Matt Turner of Goodview, Minn. attending Winona State University. Recipients will receive $1,000 per academic year up to $4,000 in total.
In 2019, the new PGA Tour event in Minnesota, the 3M Open, became a partner with PGA REACH Minnesota to form the 3M Open Fund – Minnesota PGA Scholarship. The Minnesota PGA awards this scholarship on the criterion of high school grades, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities and involvement, financial need as well as a one-page essay.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to partner with the Minnesota PGA in identifying young junior golfers who not only excel on the course but in the classroom and to help them continue their education with these scholarships,“ said Hollis Cavner, 3M Open Executive Director.
The winners of the 3M Open Fund – Minnesota PGA Scholarship were Charley Fleek of Albert Lea, Minn. attending Wisconsin Lutheran College, Brock Heppner of Crookston, Minn. attending University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Leah Herzog of Red Wing, Minn. attending University of Nebraska, Amy Jacobson of Moorhead, Minn. attending Bethel University, and Hunter Rebrovich of Alexandria, Minn. attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. Recipients will receive $2,000 per academic year up to $8,000 in total.