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. 

2019 Recipient: 
Jared Siminoff; Class "A" Professional, Point Grey Golf & Country Club

As statistical analysis in sport has surged to prominence in recent years, Siminoff has been at the local forefront of this movement in golf. The 28-year-old spent countless hours poring through the scoring records of PGA of BC championship tournaments and regional G&G Tour events going back several years to produce new insights on how performance can be measured in competition. Siminoff then shared his findings with his peers when co-presenting at a PGA of BC Education Series event early this year, and introduced revealing statistics such as scoring differentials and individual hole difficulties to the G&G Tour in his role as co-commissioner. The Jim Gibson Scholarship will enable Siminoff to attend the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a world-renowned forum for sports-industry researchers and professionals to discuss advancements in statistics.

Past Recipients: 

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

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. 

2019 Recipient: 
Myles Johnson; Head Professional, Hillview Golf Course

Johnson, who received his own introduction to golf as a junior at Hillview, has helped maintain a thriving program for youth golfers at the par-56 course in Vernon since moving into his current role there earlier this year. The facility's junior program is designed to welcome young players through a multi-faceted approach, including spring lessons, summer tournaments and a general culture meant to encourage juniors and their families to enjoy the sport. This includes lowering the cost barriers for youth golfers wherever possible through equipment trade-in initiatives, free instruction that focuses on fun and etiquette, a junior food-and-beverage menu with all pricing less than $2, and no-entry-fee tournament play. Bursary funding will ensure that Hillview's junior programming remains affordable for youth in the community while enhancing offerings such as tournament prizing and junior-equipment availability.

Past Recipients: 

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

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The application window for the 2020 Jim Gibson Scholarship and Community Leadership Bursary will open in the summer of 2020.