We empower students to pursue their passions through education. For more than 20 years, we have worked to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. With an unwavering commitment to impact an entire generation, our mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education. We are pioneers in positive youth development, encouraging self-advocacy skills in young people. Our programs foster a growth mindset, instilling in students the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path. The TGR Foundation is rated 5-stars by Charity Navigator.
Founded in 2009, WE ARE GOLF is a coalition of golf’s leading organizations including the Golf Course Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, U.S. Golf Manufacturers Council and World Golf Foundation. WE ARE GOLF was formed in part because it had become clear the industry was misunderstood by too many elected officials. Longstanding perceptions of the game simply didn’t square with the facts. By focusing on those whose livelihoods are tied to the game, WE ARE GOLF has leveled the playing field for the thousands of small businesses that make up the industry.
The Environmental Institute for Golf fosters sustainability by providing funding for research grants, education programs, scholarships and awareness of golf’s environmental efforts. Founded in 1955 as the GCSAA Scholarship & Research Fund for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the EIFG serves as the association’s philanthropic organization.The EIFG relies upon the support of many individuals and organizations to fund programs to advance stewardship on golf courses in the areas of research, scholarships, education and advocacy. The results from these activities, conducted by GCSAA, are used to position golf courses as properly managed landscapes that contribute to the greater good of their communities.
William “Bill” Dickey had a passion for the game of golf since the early 50’s when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and picked up his first golf club. He founded The National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association (NMJGSA) in the mid 1970s to provide interested young men and women an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf at an early age. He felt golf builds character and integrity. The BDSA was launched and incorporated in 1984 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) grass roots program to introduce youth of color to the game of golf and to provide financial assistance to college-bound students. For more than 30 years, the BDSA has been one of the nation’s leading organizations providing scholarships to minority youth and helping them develop character and leadership skills inherent in the sport of golf.
The Evans Scholarship is a full housing and tuition college scholarship awarded to golf caddies with limited financial means. This year, 1,010 Evans Scholars are enrolled in 18 leading universities nationwide.
Since 1930, when the first two Evans Scholars enrolled at Northwestern University, more than 11,050 outstanding young men and women have graduated from college as Evans Scholars. Most recipients attend one of the 17 universities where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House.
Evans Scholars are selected on the basis of strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. Individuals who complete the three-summer WGA Caddie Academy program qualify to apply, and to date, 55 Caddie Academy graduates have been awarded the Evans Scholarship.