METAIRIE, La. – The PGA of America has selected Taylor Hollingsworth, Mallory Jennings and Keaton Walls as the Gulf States PGA Section recipients of a $2,000 PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship to assist with college education costs. Each year, The PGA awards these scholarships to children and grandchildren of PGA members in recognition of their exemplary academic and extracurricular efforts.
Taylor Hollingsworth of Meridian, Miss., expressed much gratitude to The PGA for helping to reach her goal of one day attending the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
“Ole Miss is my dream school,” said Hollingsworth, daughter of Rob McGraw, PGA Head Professional at Briarwood Country Club in Meridian. “I really needed scholarships to make it happen.”
McGraw commented that Taylor’s determination and maturity have set her up for success.
“We’re very excited for her,” said McGraw. “She worked so hard; she definitely deserves it.”
While attending school at Clarkdale High School in Meridian, Hollingsworth was involved in cheerleading, community service and a Community Mental Health (CHS) tutoring program. She will be entering her first semester at Ole Miss as a psychology major with plans to pursue a doctorate in the field. Hollingsworth is getting the ball rolling by taking classes at Meridian Community College this summer.
Mallory Jennings of Hattiesburg, Miss., is the daughter of Jeff Jennings, PGA Director of Instruction at Better Golf Academy For Kids in Hattiesburg. Jennings graduated from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg this spring where she was involved in Beta Club, National Honor Society, band and a math honor society. Jennings, who served as drum major during her junior and senior years, will be continuing her passion for music by playing in the band at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She is starting her college career with an undeclared major and intends to follow a path towards math and science.
“I am really excited,” said Jennings about receiving the scholarship. “It will help me out a lot. I feel honored to be chosen as one of the recipients.”
Jennings will soon be traveling to Germany to perform with the Mississippi Lions All-State Band in an international parade competition.
Keaton Walls, son of PGA Employment Consultant Kevin Walls, will be studying architecture at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. beginning this fall.
“I am very excited and honored,” said Walls, who also noted that his parents are extremely happy and proud.
A recent graduate of Pontotoc (Miss.) High School, Walls kept a busy schedule as a member of the Beta Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, soccer team and even played the role of the school’s mascot. Walls is starting off his summer break by heading to the National Beta Club Convention in Mobile, Ala. where he will be participating in the on-site sketching competition. Walls took second place in this category at the state competition this past February. “Keaton is a wonderful son and has been an absolute model child,” said Keaton’s father, Kevin Walls, PGA. “It has been a pleasure to watch him develop and be successful. I am very grateful to The PGA of America for the scholarship that will help benefit his education.”
The PGA Scholarship is an academic-based scholarship that is offered to graduating high school seniors or college students not yet in their senior year. For college students, the recipients are selected based on their cumulative GPA, which must be at least a 3.0, their most recently completed semester or quarter GPA and involvement in extracurricular activities.
This year, the PGA of America’s Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program received 592 applications, with scholarships being awarded to 140 students totaling $325,000.
Founded in 1986, the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5.4 million to 2,666 students. The program encourages and promotes the attainment of higher education goals for children and grandchildren of PGA members. Funding for these scholarships is made possible through voluntary contributions to the PGA Financial Assistance Fund (a tax deductible 501c3 fund) from PGA members and other donors.
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.