Michael Brennan trophy

Tuscarora High School senior Michael Brennan, winner of the 106th VSGA Amateur Championship, was one of five student-athletes from Loudoun schools to receive a 2020 VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation award. He is joined by George Clark (Freedom), Ray Ellingwood (Potomac Falls), Hannah Jonely (Broad Run) and Casey Newman (Heritage).

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.

Michael Brennan

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)

George Clark

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

Ray Ellingwood

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

Hannah Jonely

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

Casey Newman

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)

Turfgrass research awards

Jordan Booth

Emeline Daly

Wendell Hutchens

John Peppers

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