The LPGA Foundation was established in 1991 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which supports junior golf programs, scholarships and financial assistance programs for women and young ladies.
The LPGA Foundation has four main goals: to develop and maintain junior golf programs across the country; to develop and maintain scholarship programs for junior golfers; to maintain a financial assistance fund for those in the golf industry; and to conduct research and develop educational activities related to golf instruction. Since its inception, The LPGA Foundation has created and supported a number of programs to achieve those objectives. LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, one of the Foundation's programs, has established The LPGA Foundation as a leader in the golf industry in youth initiatives.
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf)
The only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf is administered through a partnership between The LPGA Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), and is aimed at introducing girls to the game of golf and empowering them with confidence friendships, and life skills.
Throughout its 20 year history, Girls Golf has empowered a total of more than 100,000 girls through golf – now impacting 20,000 more young women each year. More than 250 Girls Golf programs are operated by local site directors and golf professionals in communities across the country. These program directors (along with the assistance of staff, coaches and/or volunteers) coordinate golf clinics, professional instruction, outings, competitive events, and social activities for their members.
LPGA Foundation Scholarships
The LPGA Foundation administers several scholarship programs for young women who enjoy the game of golf, and plan to attend college in the fall. Qualifications for all scholarships include strong academic programs, community service and recommendations.
Four of the existing scholarships are the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship, the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship and the Goldie Bateson Scholarship.
The LPGA Foundation's structure also allows for the establishment of endowed scholarships in honor or in memory of individuals who made a significant difference in the world of golf.
Grants and Financial assistance
The Financial Assistance Fund, established in 1991, assists members of the LPGA and others from the golf industry who are experiencing extreme financial loss as a result of serious illness, injury or other significant hardships. The Financial Assistance Fund is supported through annual donations from professional golfers and others who recognize the need for special aid under unusual circumstance.
The LPGA Foundation is funded solely through corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from the LPGA. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please click (here) or contact LPGA Headquarters at 386-274-6200.