The purpose of the WPGA Junior Foundation scholarship program is to assist graduating high school and college students in financing their college education. There are 2 separate scholarship forms. One is for graduating high school seniors and the other is for current college students. Please choose the appropriate one. In 2016, the WPGA Junior Foundation awarded twenty one scholarships totaling $17,200. We anticipate awarding over $25,000 in 2017.
If you are a PGA PGM student, you will be asked to indicate that on either application. You will be considered for the Tony Coleman Memorial Scholarship and the general scholarships. All applicants will be eligible for the Terry Noel Memorial Scholarship.
Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation
Created in 1999, the WPGA Junior Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to our mission which is to promote the game of golf by providing positive opportunities, enjoyment, and education to Wisconsin junior golfers and their families. We accomplish this through our tournament series and player development programs whereby allowing us to provide scholarships and grants to deserving participants. From the inexperienced junior, to the advanced player, the WPGA offers programs for every level of player. Scholarships are available to kids not able to afford these programs.
American Family Insurance Scholarship - $2,500
(one boy and one girl recipient)
The WPGA Junior Foundation teamed up with the American Family Insurance Championship to offer a new scholarship in 2016. In 2017, each scholarship is increasing from $1,500 to $2,500. American Family Insurance has brought a new PGA Champions Tour event to Wisconsin. The event will be played at University Ridge on June 23-25. As part of the event the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation is making charitable donations to groups around the state and the WPGA Junior Foundation was chosen to receive some of these funds.
*To be eligible to receive the American Family Insurance Scholarship, each applicant must fill out the Gross Income questions on page three for High School applicants and page eight for College applicants. If you do not fill out the income questions you will not be eligible for this scholarship, but will be eligible for all other scholarships*
Tony Coleman Memorial Scholarship - $1,250
(one boy and one girl recipient)
Tony was the PGA General Manager and COO for Bishops Bay Country Club from 1994-2013. He led the facility from its development into the first rate operation it remains today. Prior to his time at Bishops Bay, Tony was the Executive Director of the Wisconsin PGA for nine years. Among the many items accomplished in his nine years, TC was most proud of the creation of WPGA Golf Services. The PGA Professionals that were hired provided the golfers of Milwaukee County an experience with PGA Professionals they had not seen in 70 years of operations. Along the way, many PGA Professionals worked and flourished under Tony’s guidance.
Tony spent many of his earlier years volunteering with the WPGA. He was a member of the Board of Directors and later served as Secretary and Vice President. Tony was set to become President of the Association in 1985 when he decided to move into the Executive Director position.
Tony has been honored by the WPGA as the 1986 WPGA Professional of the Year and as a two-time Bill Strausbaugh Award winner. Tony was a 36 year member of the PGA.
Tony’s passion for golf was most evident when working with a junior golfer wishing to excel in the game. This scholarship was made possible by the generous support of the Coleman family, friends, Bishops Bay CC members and the membership of the Wisconsin PGA.
Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Scholarship - $1,250
(one girl recipient)
The WPGA Junior Foundation has teamed up with the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic to offer a new scholarship in 2017. Thornberry Creek has brought a new LPGA tour event to Wisconsin. The winner of this scholarship will be invited to receive they award during the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. The event will be played at Thornberry Creek on July 6-9.
Terry “Santa” Noel Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Terry was a tribute to golf, but more importantly a tribute to respect and love of mankind and the ability to spread happiness with his kindness and constant smile. Terry was first and foremost a loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend to all he met. Terry was also a proud Army veteran from the Vietnam era, serving most of his time in Germany and at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Finally, Terry was an avid, passionate golfer who spread his goodwill on the course and off.
Terry was a member of Edgewood Country Club in Big Bend WI, where he was often found talking with ease about family activities and making his buddies smile. In addition to his passion for golf, he was a master at horseshoes and billiards. If there was competition or laughter happening, Terry was in the middle of it. Golf in his home state of Wisconsin was not his only contribution to the game. Terry and the love of his life Sara were constant travelers, especially in retirement. And Terry seldom missed a chance to sample the local PGA courses in their many destinations.
Every year, Terry was one of the competitors in a 3-day team competition in the spirit of Ryder Cup/President’s Cup. The event attracts 24 long-time friends from 10 states in the union and a couple of international travelers to destinations such as Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Tampa and Austin. The friendly competition continues as it has since the early 90’s, but will not truly be whole again without the contagious joy of dear friend Terry “Santa” Noel. It is fitting that the name Terry Noel was engraved on the cup as a victor in his final year of competition – Terry was the definition of a winner, in golf and in life.
Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Family and friends were the most important parts of Kevin’s life and he shared his passion for golf with them wholeheartedly. In his youth, his summers were mostly spent at area golf courses. He caddied at Westmoor C.C. and honed his golf skills through tournaments such as the Junior Masters at Johnson Park and as a member of the Waukesha South High School golf team. While many of his childhood friends continued to be close golf buddies, he also forged new friendships as both a player in state tournaments and club events at Muskego Lakes C.C., and also as a junior golf spectator. He was an active member of an online golf forum and participant in the 2011 Morgan Cup which extended his circle of golf comrades throughout the U.S. and abroad. Golf was a major piece of his family life – he taught his wife Mary and daughter Grace the game he loved. They enjoyed many hours playing and practicing together that will always be cherished. He often said the most joy he ever experienced from golf was spectating at his daughter’s junior, high school and college events. He was particularly proud that he had attended all but a handful of Grace's many tournaments.
Kevin was not only enthusiastic about his daughter's endeavors but he also encouraged her friends and anyone with the slightest interest in golf to embrace the game. This scholarship sponsored by his friends and family, allows his support of everything golf to continue for years to come.
Kid to Kid Scholarship - $1,000
This scholarship will be awarded based on three qualities: showing a solid history of giving back to the community, integrity and sportsmanship. This scholarship funds were raised by the generous donations of golfers throughout the state. Marty Swab, WPGA Junior Foundation member raised the money by collecting donations at area golf courses and out in the community. A great candidate for this scholarship would show a history of giving back, always having a good attitude towards other people and should be a graceful winner or loser. The last two criteria will be decided by the tournament staff so you will have to show yourself out on the golf course.
All applicants, not winning the Tony Coleman, Terry Noel or American Family Insurance, Kevin Dunn, Kid to Kid or LPGA scholarship shall be considered for the general scholarships. The scholarships will range from $500 up to $1,000. We will be offering approximately fifteen to twenty scholarships.