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. 

2021 Recipient: 
Robert Clarke, Nanaimo Golf Club

Clarke arrived in British Columbia in late 2020 following several years based in Ontario and Alberta and has made an immediate impact at Nanaimo Golf Club by establishing the Nanaimo Junior Elite Program. The initiative has focused on building life skills applicable both on and off the golf course, as well as helping young players to prepare for and seek out post-secondary playing opportunities. All juniors involved in the program took significant strides in their games during the 2021 season, highlighted by Nanaimo’s Matthew Wilson winning the BC Boys Juvenile Championship by five strokes. Clarke intends to put the $1,000 scholarship toward enrolment in the University of British Columbia’s High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.

Past Recipients: 

2020 - Jennifer Greggain
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. 

2021 Recipient: 
Larry Ramstad, Lone Wolf Golf Club

Under Ramstad’s guidance, junior-golf participation is thriving at Lone Wolf thanks to a number of club initiatives to make the game accessible and affordable for all. In collaboration with a local company, Lone Wolf has implemented a “Kids Golf for Free” program that allows youths to access the course at no charge when playing with an adult. The club’s own fundraising efforts have resulted in premium Callaway equipment sets being supplied to juniors at no charge. The $1,000 bursary will be used to support these and other junior-golf initiatives at the facility to ensure these complimentary offerings will continue to be available to youths in Northeast BC.  

Past Recipients: 

2020 - Kyla Inaba
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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Watch for the application window for the Jim Gibson Scholarship and PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary to open next in summer 2022. Application forms will be posted here once submissions are being accepted.

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