PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA of America has announced that eight student-athletes were selected to receive a PGA Scholarship as part of the 27th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management.
The $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the Championship Welcome Dinner on Thursday, a day prior to the start of the Championship. The 54-hole Championship will be contested, May 10-12, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Each year, students from participating schools in the Championship are able to apply to receive scholarship awards for their academic excellence at their respective institutions. The selection committee considered the student's GPA, community service and their passion for the game of golf.
"The PGA is honored and proud to present each of these student-athletes with a scholarship for their academic excellence," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "Each of these students has excelled at their respective institutions and we commend them for their effort on the golf course and in the classroom."
The following student-athletes were selected:
Cheryl Chua/South Carolina State University
Kaitlyn Schwartz/Lincoln University
Joseph Killebrew/Alabama State University
Elaine Aiasha Peete/Delaware State University
Anthony Phipps II/Florida A&M University
Blake Peterson/University of Texas-Pan American
Kosta Ramirez/Ferris State University
Josiah Singletary/Methodist University
The PGA of America also announced two recipients of the 2013 Joe Stewart/Earnie Ellison Scholarship. In 2010, Joe and Clara Stewart of Port St. Lucie, Fla., announced the funding of an annual scholarship to two recipients, who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Norman Blanco/University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
Jessica Lynn Peatross/Chicago State University
The 2013 Championship will feature nearly 200 participants, who will compete on the Tom Fazio-designed Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The 54-hole, stroke-play event will consist of four team divisions — NCAA Men's Division I and II, NAIA and a Women's Division.
In addition to the team competition, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship features a men's and women's Individual Invitational, open to collegiate golfers who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native or Alaskan American, Asian or Pacific Island American.
About the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management
The PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated in November 1986 following the Jackson State University Golf Tournament and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.
The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane; Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders' goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority colleges and universities after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA Collegiate golf events.
The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.
In 1990, a Career Fair was conducted for the first time in conjunction with the national Championship to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.
In 2008, the Championship featured a record number of participants, with nearly 200 students from 47 schools, with representatives from 14 countries.
In 2011, The PGA of America announced that Brown Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Baltimore, Md., had become the presenting sponsor of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and the one-hour Golf Channel Highlight Show.