Scholarship & Mentorship Fund

Each year the Palm Beach County Golf Association awards scholarships to deserving and worthy college students.  We are proud of the fact that our efforts have made a difference in the lives of many area students.  Currently 22 students are receiving PBCGA sponsored tuition scholarships thanks your recent generous donations! If you would like to get involved, you can do so by making a tax-deductible donation to the PBCGA Scholarship Fund.

The Palm Beach County Golf Association has awarded over $450,000 to 185 area college students to help with their college education. These scholarships have helped students pay for tuition, books and other fees so that they could be more dedicated to their studies.

Take Stock in Children

Since 2010, the PBCGA has partnered with Take Stock in Children – Palm Beach County to provide tuition scholarships to attend the Florida state college of their choice.

Take Stock in Children is a statewide mentoring/scholarship program. The program enrolls middle school, low-income students and helps them succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates, early intervention and long-term support.

Scholarship recipients and their parents sign a performance contract pledging to stay in school, remain drug free, and out of trouble. Upon successful completion of the program, the students receive either a 2-year or a 2+2 scholarship purchased through the Florida Prepaid College Program.

  1. Student Promise: Self Accountability
  2. Parental Involvement: Increasing the Chances of Success
  3. Motivation and Support: Volunteer Mentoring
  4. Academic Assistance: Student Advocates/Case Managers
  5. College Scholarships: Hope for a Better Future
  6. Continuation of Mentoring: Increasing Likelihood of College Graduation

These scholarships have helped students pay for tuition, books and other fees so that they could be more dedicated to their studies.

First Tee – Palm Beaches

Since 2010, the PBCGA has partnered with The First Tee of the Palm Beaches and supports their mission to impact the lives of young people, including those with special needs, and Veterans, by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Palm Beaches has quickly evolved into a major youth development program in Palm Beach County at the First Tee Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center in Dyer Park and golf courses all throughout the county. Founded by George McGrory (Mr. Mac), our non-profit organization, The Children’s Golf Foundation, Inc., began serving young people with special needs in 1988.

The First Tee – Palm Beaches chapter of was established with the support of The Honda Classic, the Michael B. Finnegan Foundation and the PGA of America. The service area includes all of Palm Beach County which encompasses over 80,000 elementary school students. There are also adjacent chapters of First Tee chapters in Miami/Dade, Broward, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The chapter is one of over 140+ throughout the world and one of 15 chapters in the state of Florida. The Michael B. Finnegan Learning Center includes a par-3 course, hitting tee, and chipping and putting short game areas. The programs are typically taught by PGA and LPGA Coaches trained by First Tee.

Students learn the Nine Core Values of the First Tee Life Skills Experience. Additionally, programs serve children with special needs and disabilities, veterans disabilities and people with paralysis. The First Tee also provides life skills and life enhancement opportunities to all young people through the game of golf.

Double the Donation

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions, to a wide range of nonprofits, made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please contact your human resources representative today. For more information, please contact PBCGA at (561) 625-0400, or email

Supporting Sponsors

The PBCGA would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors and members for all their generous donations to our Scholarship Fund.

Abacoa Golf Club – Robbie Dew & Rob Young
Frances V. Arrigo Memorial  – Jim & John Arrigo
Barbara & Jack Nicklaus Junior Golf Endowment Fund
Morell Studios – Pat Morell
Nick Price Golf Course Design – Nick Price & David Abell
Palm Beach Kennel Club – Patrick Rooney, Jr.
TGR Ventures  – Chris Hubman
Tire Kingdom – Chris Hatfield
The Honda Classic – Ken Kennerly

Meet the Students Supported by the PBCGA Scholarship & Mentorship Fund