METAIRIE, La. – Students Jared Headrick of Slidell, La. and Robert Tonos of Madison, Miss. have been selected as recipients of the 2016 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship. Each student will receive $2,000 used to help alleviate the costs of a college education. The PGA of America awards these scholarships annually to children and grandchildren of PGA members in recognition of their exemplary academic and extracurricular efforts.
Jared Headrick, son of Gulf States PGA Professional Jimmy Headrick of Duncan Park Golf Course and Diamondhead Country Club, will soon enter Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.as a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.
Headrick said winning the PGA scholarship was fantastic news considering the uncertain future of Louisiana’s state scholarship program, TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students).
While attending Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., Headrick immersed himself in the music scene playing the trumpet in marching band, concert band, jazz band and ROTC band, including playing in Mardi Gras parades. He said he plans to join the University’s jazz band in the future.
Speaking of future plans, Headrick mentioned, “I would love to get a summer internship at NASA in Mississippi.”
As for this summer, Headrick said he will be enjoying spending time with his family, including making a trip to meet his new nephew.
Robert “Robbie” Tonos, who will soon begin his freshman year at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., will also receive a scholarship from the PGA. Tonos is the grandson of late Gulf States PGA Member Robbie Webb who served as the head professional at the Country Club of Canton (Miss.) from 1967 to 2006.
Tonos said receiving the scholarship is certainly a distinguished honor. “The hard work definitely paid off,” he added. “My parents are very proud.”
Throughout his time at Madison Central High School in Madison, Miss., Tonos was involved in several groups including debate club, swimming and National Honor Society. He hopes to join an intermural sports team in the future, in addition to a community service group.
Tonos will work this summer right up until he heads to Mississippi State, where he will major in mechanical engineering with a desire to work on innovations to reduce gas emissions from cars.
About the Gulf States PGA Section
The Gulf States Section, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well being of golf professionals.