Competing in junior golf tournaments requires a lot of time and money. Junior golfers and their families oftentimes struggle to know where to search for scholarships, grants, and programs to help pay for travel and tournament expenses. Fortunately, there are some great programs and organizations that help families that need help with the financial burdens that junior golf entails.
AJGA ACE Grant
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has a program in place, the Achievement Competitive Excellence ACE grant that helps juniors and their families afford to compete in their tournaments. The grant provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a college golf scholarship through competitive junior golf. To date, there have been 1,784 junior golfers awarded the grant, and $14.8 million in scholarship dollars received by ACE Grant graduates.
PGA Reach + PGA Junior League
The PGA of America has a program known as PGA Reach which is focused on impacting the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabaling access to PGA professionals, PGA sections, and the game of golf. PGA reach helps junior golfers and their families take part and afford programs such as PGA Junior League creating opportunities for boys and girls to learn and enjoy the game of golf. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Sports Matter program is making a $500,000 donation over three years (2018 – 2020) to PGA Jr. League, matched by PGA REACH, for children who qualify for financial assistance or are from a military family. Apply and learn more
Youth on Course
Youth on Course provides young golfers from the access to play a round of golf for $5 or less at over 1,400 golf courses throughout the U.S. To date, Youth on Course has helped subsidize over 1 million rounds of golf. Through the Youth on Course scholarship program, high school seniors have the opportunity to continue on a path to success through higher education that might otherwise be out of reach.
The First Tee
For over 22 years, the First tee’s main mission is to impact the lives of young people through educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee scholarship program supports selected alumni throughout their college career through need and merit-based scholarships up to $5,000 per year. The program is open to graduating high school seniors planning to attend college the following year
If you are interested in learning more about scholarships and grants that are available to junior and high school golfers, be sure to check out our scholarship finder page.