Scholarship Program

Each year, the PGA of Canada awards scholarships to help further academic achievements. Scholarships are available to members and their children and grandchildren. More information is available under Scholarships in the Members section of our National Website (click here).

Additionally, the PGA of British Columbia is pleased to offer the following scholarship/bursary programs to deserving candidates of our Zone:

JIM GIBSON SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)

In honour of the late Jim Gibson, the PGA of BC is proud to affer an Award in tribute to the commitment and dedication of the longtime Association ambassador. The award will be given annually to an individual within the PGA of BC community that best exemplifies volunteerism and demonstrates dedication to furthering their education to benefit others in a community. 

2017 Recipient: 
Connor Taiji; Class "A" Professional, Victoria Golf Club

Taiji has played a key role administering the Evans Scholars Program at his facility, which involves training youth caddies from the community and providing them an opportunity to access post-secondary scholarship funding. The 28-year-old has remained committed to continuing his own education, both in golf operations and instruction, through participation in events such as the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Taiji intends to take a Graduate Management Admission Test in the future as he looks to pursue an MBA that will help further his career as a Golf Professional. 

Past Recipients: 

2013 - Matthew Palsenbarg
2014 - Casey Johnson
2015 - Derek Whipple
2016 - Greg Pool

PGA OF BC COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BURSARY ($1,000)

The PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary is awarded to an individual within the Association who demonstrates an extraordinary desire and passion in order to make a significant difference in the lives of those around him or her, and in doing so, sets an example of “giving back” that all PGA of BC members can be proud of. 

2017 Recipient: 
Winston Michell; Head Professional, Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club

After arriving at the Kitimat course at the beginning of the 2017 season, Michell helped the Hirsch Creek Ladies Club administer a program making golf more accessible for local preteen girls. The program covered the costs of club membership and fees for six youth applicants, while also providing equipment, apparel, instruction and other supports to introduce them to the sport. Community Leadership Bursary funding will help expand this initiative in 2018 through a mirroring program available to junior boys.  

Past Recipients: 

2013 - James Presnail
2014 - Jeff Palmer
2015 - Jesse Crowe
2016 - Clay Stothers

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The next application period will open in early summer 2018.