Scholarship Program

Each year, the PGA of Canada awards scholarships to help further academic achievements. Scholarships are available to members and their children and grandchildren. More information is available under Scholarships in the Members section of our National Website (click here).

Additionally, the PGA of British Columbia is pleased to offer the following scholarship/bursary programs to deserving candidates of our Zone:

JIM GIBSON SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)

In honour of the late Jim Gibson, the PGA of BC is proud to affer an Award in tribute to the commitment and dedication of the longtime Association ambassador. The award will be given annually to an individual within the PGA of BC community that best exemplifies volunteerism and demonstrates dedication to furthering their education to benefit others in a community. 

2020 Recipient: 
Jennifer Greggain

Greggain is known to many as an accomplished competitor at both the amateur and Professional levels, with three PGA of BC Women’s Championship titles among her impressive playing résumé. In recent years, she has re-dedicated her career path to high-performance coaching, making an impact guiding teams at the university, provincial and national levels. Selected as the PGA of Canada’s 2018 national recipient of the Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year Award, Greggain has also obtained her certification in the PGA of Canada’s Coaching New Competitors and Coaching Developing Players streams. She has also demonstrated significant volunteerism both locally and overseas, ranging from mentoring young adults in her community to medical and relief missions in developing nations. The Jim Gibson Scholarship, amounting to $1,000, will assist Greggain as she pursues her two-year master’s degree in High Performance Coaching and Leadership at the University of British Columbia.

Past Recipients: 

2019 - Jared Siminoff
2018 - David Stashuk
2017 - Connor Taiji
2016 - Greg Pool
2015 - Derek Whipple
2014 - Casey Johnson
2013 - Matthew Palsenbarg
 

PGA OF BC COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BURSARY ($1,000)

The PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary is awarded to an individual or member facility within the Association demonstrating an extraordinary desire and passion to make a significant difference in the lives of those around them, and in doing so, sets an example of “giving back” that all PGA of BC members can be proud of. 

2020 Recipient: 
Kyla Inaba

Inaba was recently selected as the PGA of BC’s Interior Region Teacher of the Year in large part due to her efforts leading the Swing Like a Girl instruction program for women at Predator Ridge. Since taking the reins of the program from founder AJ Eathorne in 2019, Inaba has worked to make golf more fun and less intimidating while creating a community of women who come together through golf. Swing Like a Girl has broken down barriers and introduced dozens of women to the sport who would otherwise have never picked up a club. The program’s popularity and impact has been palpable, with Inaba’s “Starter” and “Improve” clinics – initially slated to run for five weeks only – morphing into season-long offerings due to demand. More than 100 women have participated in Swing Like a Girl programming in 2020 alone. Inaba intends to utilize the $1,000 Community Leadership Bursary to further her expertise in golf coaching and instruction to benefit her students and continue the momentum Swing Like a Girl has gained under her watch.  

Past Recipients: 

2019 - Myles Johnson
2018 - Revelstoke Golf Club
2017 - Winston Michell
2016 - Clay Stothers
2015 - Jesse Crowe
2014 - Jeff Palmer
2013 - James Presnail

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The application window for the Jim Gibson Scholarship and PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary will next open in Summer 2021. Check back for more information when available or direct any inquiries to Communications & Marketing Manager Eric MacKenzie at eric@pgabc.org.