My PGA WORKS Scholarship: Mariah Kuranga, Methodist University
By Mariah Kuranga, PGA WORKS Scholar
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As a recipient of the PGA WORKS Scholarship, I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that enhances my success in pursuing a career in the golf industry. I have always wanted to be apart of the PGA of America, and now, I finally have a chance at achieving my dreams.
My love for the game of golf turned into a passion after being accepted into the Professional Golf Management Program at Methodist University. It was at that moment; I knew I was on the right path.
At a young age, my parents instilled in me what it means to push beyond the boundaries that exist and never give up on what you want in life. For once, the PGA WORKS Scholarship gave me the chance to look past the financial burden of college, and also reassured me of a promising future. Thus, it is an indomitable fact that as I aim for excellence, every circumstance is a chance to win.
I am reminded that through this organization, helping hands do make the world a better place. I'm am beyond thankful that scholarships like the PGA WORKS exist to lower student debt while providing students like me with mentors and endless job opportunities. While being a student in the PGA Golf Management Program at Methodist University, I am supported by faculty and staff who motivate me to grow and become the best version of myself. I must say that the PGA Professionals at Methodist are not only passionate about golf but are ensuring that we succeed in our academics as well. I take pride in knowing that I can go to any of the PGA Staff within the program and ask for help or simply to talk about something outside of golf.
Over the last three years of being in the program, I gained knowledge through hands-on experience that taught me valuable information in utilizing technology for club fitting, teaching, and repairing. Player development also, taught by the PGA Professionals gave me a chance to improve my game and take part in golf tournaments. My aspirations to become a PGA Professional elevated as I found a place to call home.
A unique and diverse program such as the one like Methodist provides me with the opportunity to receive my Accounting degree from the School of Business while also receiving my PGA Membership. The most enjoyable experience about being in the PGA Program at Methodist is that I can schedule golf lessons with one of the eight PGA Professionals on-site, and at any time, go "Down Back" and play a round without booking a tee time. Being that the course is located right on campus, and it is private, it gives me quick and easy access to work on my game.
Sometimes, I think we get very spoiled here. My experience thus far has been wonderful because we have exceptional opportunities in securing internships and the ability to network with so many people across the world. At Methodist, everyone is one big family, and you are more than just a number.
As an aspiring future PGA member, I look forward to promoting the game and creating a positive and diverse environment for people. I am super excited to pay it forward and follow in the footsteps of those before me.