LPGA Foundation Announces 2018 Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Recipients

Peterson earns the Dinah Shore Scholarship, Carr receives the Phyllis G. Meekins award.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 14, 2018 – Andrea Peterson and Christyn Carr have been selected by The LPGA Foundation as the two high school graduates who will receive this year’s Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins scholarships.

Both candidates have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and leadership skills, as well as active involvement and service to their communities, while also fulfilling the specific requirements for each scholarship award.

 

Dinah Shore Scholarship

Peterson, a graduate of Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, is this year’s Dinah Shore Scholarship recipient. The $5,000 scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late Dinah Shore, a Hollywood legend and honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The annual Dinah Shore Scholarship is awarded to a female high school senior who will attend college but not play collegiate golf.

Peterson fully embraced school life and served as her senior class president, golf team captain, tennis team captain and president of the CEO Entrepreneurship club. A U.S. Presidential Scholar, Peterson racked up multiple awards, including the All-A Honor Roll, the Dean Reseller Academic Excellence Award, had a cumulative grade point average of 4.03 and appeared on the current three-year Dean’s list. As a golfer, she placed top 10 in the Hoosier Conference and helped her team win the Sectional Championship for two years in a row. She also made time to co-found Veritas, a high school youth group; served as a leader for the St. Joan of Arc Youth Group and worked as a tutor for both middle school and high school students.

Peterson plans to enroll into the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she will study finance and marketing, before going on to Vanderbilt University where she has her sights set on getting an MBA “on my way to becoming the CEO of my own company,” she says.

To qualify for the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; must have played in a minimum of 50 percent of her high school golf team’s scheduled events or regularly played golf for the past two years; must have demonstrated leadership skills and/or extraordinary community involvement; and must have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate academic program.

 

Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

Established in 2006, the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship awards $1,250 to a female high school senior from a minority background, who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States. Carr, a 2018 graduate of Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia, where she had a cumulative grade point average of 4.0, is this year’s recipient.

President of both the Black History Club and the Step Team at her school, Carr won the 2017 Georgia 6A state title with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff. She also won four Hurricane Junior Georgia Tournaments (HJGT) during her prep career, her most recent HJGT victory coming in May last year. She also won the 2017 William (Bill) Dickey Jr., Invitational, gaining full exemption for the Girls Junior PGA Championship later that year. At the end of 2017, she was ranked 15th on the Junior Golf Scoreboard in Georgia and seventh on the Junior Golf Scoreboard for Grade Class in Georgia. Carr is the daughter of a golf professional, Chris Carr.

Carr will be attending North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she plans to play on the Aggie women’s golf team and major in nursing. She also has hopes of trying to qualify for the LPGA Tour at some point in her future.

The namesake of the scholarship, the late Phyllis G. Meekins, became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals in 1981, earning Life Member status in 2001. Known for her dedication to junior golf, Meekins established the Phyllis G. Meekins (PGM) Golf Clinic, Inc. at Mount Airy’s Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1973. Under Meekins’ guidance, thousands of students have participated in the PGM Golf Clinics, and through developing life skills such as perseverance, goal setting, self-discipline and leadership, many have also gone on to achieve significant success, both in the classroom, as well as in their careers.

Meekins was inducted into the National African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 1984 and was nominated for the 1993 LPGA Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized by the National Golf Foundation (NGF) with the NGF Out-standing Service Award.

 

About The LPGA Foundation

Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

LPGA Foundation and Christina Zacamy Bring LPGA Leadership Academy Back to Westchester Country Club

Executive women’s panel to headline the two-day academy

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 31, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and Christina Zacamy will join together to help develop the next generation of female leaders at a LPGA Leadership Academy in New York state next month.

The two-day event, sponsored by Zacamy, who is a member of the LPGA Foundation Board of Directors and the Chair of its Leadership Committee, will be held from August 7-8 at Westchester Country Club in Rye.

A key component of the Leadership Academy will be an executive women’s panel discussion. Ida Liu, Managing Director at Citi Private Bank and Global Market Manager for New York; Elizabeth Everett Krisberg, Managing Director at BofA Merrill Lynch and Head of Global Corporate Access; and Elizabeth Simmons, Vice President – Government Relations and Workforce Development at the National Retail Federation, will be among the panelists.

“We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf,” said Nancy Henderson, President of The LPGA Foundation. “We are very excited about the impact that The LPGA Leadership Academy is having on the young girls who participate in the program.”

“It is a privilege to be part of a program that is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of female leaders and encouraging young women to create opportunities for themselves and others,” said Zacamy. “Since we began this initiative, we have reached over 400 high potential teenage girls from across the country through the LPGA Leadership Academy Program to create a community of highly engaged and motivated young leaders.”

The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework to develop confidence and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Group leadership exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interaction with female executives and mentors help young women focus on their individual strengths and leadership style.

The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:

  • Teach young women how to become better decision makers
  • Overcome and let go of setbacks
  • Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities
  • Develop skills to accomplish specific goals
  • Play their own game and find their own voice

LPGA Leadership Academy events have already been held this year in Minneapolis; Atlanta; San Francisco; and Southern Pines, North Carolina. Each LPGA Leadership Academy hosts 40 girls aged 13-18.

About The LPGA Foundation
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives.

Key priorities include: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web: https://lpgafoundation.org/donate.

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

The LPGA Foundation Announces 2016 Marilynn Smith Scholarship Recipients

The LPGA Foundation announced today the 30 high-school graduates selected to receive this year’s Marilynn Smith Scholarship. Each candidate has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.

The Marilynn Smith Scholarship, named in honor of one of the LPGA’s 13 founding members, is awarded to 30 high school seniors who plan to play collegiate golf while pursuing college degrees. Each of the 2016 recipients received $5,000 scholarships

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The LPGA Foundation Announces 2016 Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Recipients

The LPGA Foundation announced today the two high school graduates selected to receive this year’s Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarships. Each candidate has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.

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Columbia University’s Jackie Chulya Named the Recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy

Jackie Chulya

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, May 18, 2016 – Jackie Chulya of Columbia University has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy. Chuyla hails from Bangkok, Thailand, where she devotes most of her summers working and volunteering in her community.

Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the Dinah Shore Trophy Award recognizes female collegiate golfers who excel in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics – playing in at least 50 percent of the team’s scheduled events – while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. In addition, nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

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8th Annual Marilynn Smith LPGA Charity Pro-Am

Marilynn Smith founded her scholarship fund as a result of the lack of funds available to her while playing golf at the University of Kansas in 1948. Marilynn competed in the Women’s National Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. Her father asked the KU athletic director, Phog Allen, for travel expense money to play in the tournament. He said, “Mr. Smith, it’s too bad your daughter is not a boy.” This incident was the catalyst for Marilynn to establish a scholarship fund to help other young women golfers.

This year, with your help, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund plans to provide twenty-five $5,000 scholarships to help young women attend college. Join us for an amazing day and SIGN UP NOW! Early Bird pricing available until June 30th.

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The LPGA Foundation Announces 2015 Marilynn Smith Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships awarded to 25 high-school graduates

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, August 21, 2015 – Today, the LPGA Foundation announced the 25 high-school graduates selected to receive this year’s Marilynn Smith Scholarship, which was named in honor of one of the LPGA’s 13 founding members. Each of the 25 high school seniors, who plan to play collegiate golf while pursuing college degrees, have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award. They will each receive $5,000 in scholarships.

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