Students who plan to play golf as part of a college team have the opportunity to receive NCAA scholarships directly from their college or university. Because college golfers have the option of NCAA schools, most golf scholarships focus on alternate areas of golf or students who played golf in high school, but do not plan to compete at the college level.
For those who worked as a caddy while in high school, the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship provides a full-ride for students who worked with a golf course that is part of the Western Golfers Association. A full-ride means that the scholarship covers full-tuition and housing for students. In addition to experience as a caddy, students must have a strong academic record and demonstrate financial need. The Evans Scholars Foundation maintains scholarship houses at 14 universities, so recipients of the scholarships must choose to attend one of those universities and live in scholarship housing. Schools include Ohio State University, Miami University (Ohio), University of Colorado and University of Oregon.
Students interested in golf course design or turf management may apply for a scholarship through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA). The GSCAA offers multiple scholarships each year, including the GSCAA Scholars Competition which provides scholarships between $500 and $6,000 for students enrolled in a turf management program. Students may also enter the GSCAA Student Essay Contest which awards up to $4,500 in scholarships for students who write a 7-12 page essay on turf management or golf course management.
The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association provides scholarships for students with a strong academic record who also played golf in high school. Preference for the scholarship is given to minority students and those with financial need. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,500 and are open to high school seniors and undergraduate students. To apply, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and submit an application accompanied by an essay and two personal reference forms.