FAR HILLS, N.J. – In a
demonstration of their ongoing commitment to science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) education, the United States Golf Association and Chevron
announced a new scholarship program for qualified high school seniors who are
pursuing college careers in STEM disciplines.
The scholarships are
available to students who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or
university as a full-time student with a focus in STEM-related courses.
Applicants must also possess a demonstrated interest in golf, which may
include: school team and tournament participation, involvement in a First Tee
chapter, and family or other golf-related extracurricular activities.
Accepted students will
receive an award ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, which may be renewed for up to
three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.
“Through our partnership
with Chevron, we have found fun and interesting ways to use golf to inspire
students in STEM education,” said Sarah Hirshland, senior managing director of
business affairs for the USGA. “Our new scholarship program is focused on
supporting students who are pursuing careers in these important disciplines and
we are proud to work together to invest in their future.”
The scholarships are
part of a multiyear partnership to develop programs that encourage students to
pursue STEM education and careers. Since 2012, the USGA and Chevron have
provided financial support for the First Green Foundation, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf
and The First Tee programs. Together, they collaborated with NBC Learn, the educational
arm of NBC News, on its “Science of Golf” video series, a 10-part program that
explores STEM topics through the game of golf. Made especially for use in the
classroom, these videos are aligned with lesson plans and national state
education standards, and are available to the public at no cost on http://nbclearn.com/Golf.
“Few things are more
important to young people and the future of American competitiveness than a
quality education,” said Steve Woodhead, manager of global social investments
at Chevron. “Our company has invested more than $100 million in education
programs over the past five years, and we’re proud to partner with the USGA in
this new initiative to help deserving students pursue STEM-related careers.”
Full details and an
application for the United States Golf Association and Chevron STEM Scholarship
Program can be found at: https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/usga-chevron/.