HGA has awarded more than $1.3 million in college scholarships to local youth through the HGA Academic Scholarship Program. In 2016, the HGA awarded seven $20,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship in the following categories
- General studies
- Technical studies (engineering and geosciences)
- Randy Arnaud Memorial (current or former HGA Junior Golf member)
The Houston Golf Association will begin accepting applications for scholarships in the spring of 2017 and will award scholarships in May.
A committee made up of HGA staff and volunteers screens the applicants.
Maurice Shaw currently chairs the scholarship committee, succeeding John Armour. The following members volunteer their time to the committee:
- Gordon Marney
- Michael Hatch
- Henry Noey
- Helen Duskin
- Chris Normyle
- Robert Stephens
- Pat Freeh
Funding comes from activities supported by HGA, including support from our title sponsor Shell Oil Company. Beginning in 2010, up to two technical studies scholarships were awarded for students who plan to major in geosciences or engineering. Up to three general discipline scholarships can be awarded. One academic scholarship is awarded to an applicant who played in a junior golf program, including but not limited to the HGA program. This scholarship was named in honor of the late Randy Arnaud, an HGA member who donated his time and talent to helping youngsters in The First Tee™ of Greater Houston and Junior Golf programs. Another named scholarship was added in 2015 in honor of the late Mike Dorman, an HGA board member and longtime member. Locke Lord LLP, where Dorman was a partner, generously funded this scholarship.
Thanks to the generosity of Schlumberger, an additional scholarship was added in 2016 for students majoring in the technical studies (geosciences or engineering). A scholarship was also awarded for a student who is involved with Junior Golf, called The Semander Family Scholarship. John and Nancy Semander are lifelong HGA members who have volunteered countless hours to the HGA and in particular the HGA Junior Golf Program.
The history of HGA’s scholarship program goes back into the 1950s and 1960s when some of the net proceeds of its PGA TOUR events were set aside for youngsters who competed in junior golf. More than 50 scholarships were awarded before the charitable mission of HGA changed to supporting other youth-development programs in 1974.