The Virginia State Golf Association recently honored 38 scholars -- 34 high school seniors and four graduate students -- as 2020 VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation award recipients.
Five seniors at Loudoun high schools -- Michael Brennan (Tuscarora), George Clark (Freedom), Ray Ellingwood (Potomac Falls), Hannah Jonely (Broad Run) and Casey Newman (Heritage) -- are among this year's recipients.
Brennan also received the Richard Smith Award, presented in remembrance of the VSGA’s longtime director of championships who was a supporter of junior golf.
The VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation provides grants and gifts for scholarships, scientific and educational research, and other charitable purposes.
Virginia high school students with an interest in golf (ability not important) are eligible to apply for VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation awards. Students are evaluated based on academic achievement, character, community involvement and an essay on the impact of golf on the applicant’s life.
This year’s grants total $83,000, with recipients awarded between $1,250 and $6,000. Funding for scholarships is generated primarily from the sale of the VSGA VIP Golf Card, according to VSGA officials.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation as well as the members of the 2020 selection committee, I would like to congratulate each of the 38 students who have been recognized as VSGA scholarship recipients," VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation President Michael Millen said in a prepared statement.
"This year’s applicant pool featured more than 100 submissions, and we want to thank several of our allied associations for helping promote the program," Millen continued.
Award recipients were set to be honored May 18 during the VSGA Day at Richmond Country Club. The annual event has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here is a closer look at the Loudoun award winners, along with a full list of recipients.
School: Tuscarora; 4:25 GPA
Academic interests: Engineering
Volunteer activities: Annual donation drive for The First Tee of Washington D.C.
Extracurricular activities: Basketball, grades 9-11; Central Loudoun Basketball League
Golf involvement: Varsity golf team, grades 9-12; Active VSGA member; 2019 VSGA Junior Golfer and Golfer of the Year
Honors: Byron Nelson International Junior Golf award; Tuscarora's Integrity award
College: Wake Forest University (Arnold Palmer golf scholarship)
School: Freedom; 4.45 GPA
Academic interests: Applied mathematics, finance
Extracurricular activities: DECA; basketball referee, SOLO hoops; golf caddie, CaddieNow
Golf involvement: Varsity golf team, grades 9-12
Honors: All-state golfer; team MVP, 2017, 2018, 2019; team captain, 2019
College: Virginia Tech
School: Potomac Falls; 4.22 GPA
Academic interests: Business, economics, marketing, finance, entrepreneurship
Extracurricular activities: DECA; Sports Analysis Club; Varsity Club Ice Hockey; Key Club; PFHS Class of 2020 Advisory Board
Golf involvement: Varsity golf team, grades 9-12; member at Trump National Golf Club
Honors: Coach's award, grades 9, 12; AP Scholar award; Science National Honor Society; NVSHL all-academic team; DECA Inc Award of Excellence
College: University of South Carolina
School: Broad Run; 4.34 GPA
Academic interests: Math, physics, chemistry, astronomy
Volunteer Activities: Reston Bible Church
Extracurricular activities: We're All Human, special events coordinator
Golf involvement: Varsity golf team, grades 9-12; cart attendant at 1757 Golf Club; former member of VSGA Junior Golf circuit
Honors: Coach's award, 2017, 2018; MVP award, 2019; AP Scholar with Honors award
College: Auburn University
School: Heritage; 4.72 GPA
Academic interests: Actuarial science, math, physics
Volunteer activities: Youth volunteer at Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore, 2017-present; Youth volunteer at Serve Camp, 2015, 2016
Extracurricular activities: Future Business Leaders of America
Golf involvement: Varsity golf team, grades 9-12; member at River Creek Club
Honors: National Honor Society (president); Math Honor Society (vice president); History Honor Society; Science National Honor Society; Spanish National Honor Society; College Board's AP Scholar with Distinction award, 2019; Coach's Leadership award, 2017 golf season
College: University of Virginia
VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation awards
Channing Blevins (George Wythe)
Avery Bowers (Maggie Walker Governor's School)
Michael Brennan (Tuscarora)
Joseph “Nick” Brown (Radford)
Savannah Burdsal (Ocean Lakes)
Cole Cathcart (Rockbridge County)
George Clark (Freedom)
Zach Deal (Landstown)
Carleton Draughn (Langley)
Ray Ellingwood (Potomac Falls)
Brian Feinstein (Langley)
Sarah James (Justice)
Matthew Johnson (Northside)
Michael Johnson (Northside)
Hannah Jonely (Broad Run)
Jack Kelly (Albemarle)
Jake Kleinschuster (Veritas School)
David Luo (Thomas Jefferson for Science & Technology)
Michael Magnano (The Steward School)
Melissa Meng (Blacksburg)
Kaiya Mitchell (Washington-Liberty)
Luke Mowery (Turner Ashby)
Casey Newman (Heritage)
Christopher Newsome (Southampton Academy)
Meredith O’Connor (Page County)
Casey Pridgen (Maggie Walker Governor's School)
Nick Rakes (Rustburg)
Riley Spangler (Floyd County)
Jane Thompson (Harrisonburg)
Sam VanDyne (Fort Chiswell)
Austin Vicks (Chatham)
Maggie Wentz (Fluvanna County)
Grace Whitehead (Patrick Henry)
Jonathan Woods (Radford)
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