Ann Margaret Christopher
Aaron Dorman
Mary Grace Nelson
Emma Grace Short

Established in 1986, the PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program encourages and promotes the attainment of higher educational goals for the PGA members’ children and grandchildren, based on evidence of a high level of academic achievement during high school or college. Since its inception, over $6.5 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 3,000 students.

The Gulf States Section would like to congratulate four PGA Scholarship Recipients:

  • Ann Margaret Christopher, daughter of Stephen Christopher, PGA to attend The University of Alabama.
  • Aaron Dorman, son of Jim Dorman, PGA, to attend Jones County Junior College.
  • Mary Grace Nelson, granddaughter of Ben Nelson, PGA, to attend Mississippi State University.
  • Emma Grace Short, granddaughter of Sam Dunning, PGA, to attend Itawamba Community College.

“My dad began his career in the Business of Golf and as a PGA Apprentice immediately after college. This was a perfect career for him for 29 years and he always got the most gratification from helping others! I am proud to have received this scholarship from the Professional Golfers Association of America which has meant so much to him through the years!” – Ann Margaret Christopher

“I am proud to have been chosen to receive the PGA Scholarship. It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that has always meant so much to me.“ – Aaron Dorman

“Being selected as a recipient of this PGA scholarship is such an honor, and I am very grateful. Even though I do not play the sport of golf competitively, I have spent many hours on the golf course with my family and my sweet grandfather.  His love and respect for the PGA cannot be matched, and for me being able to receive this scholarship, makes him even more proud to be a member of this wonderful association. Thank you for providing this scholarship for the children and grandchildren of the PGA. I hope to represent this association in the best way possible.” – Emma Grace Short 

“The game of golf has shaped my entire life. My grandfather and father’s careers were based around the game, and my brother currently is playing for Mississippi State University.  I am extremely thankful for this scholarship and the opportunities the game of golf has given me.” – Mary Grace Nelson

Please note: the PGA Financial Assistance Fund is able to grow solely through investment earnings and contributions from our PGA Members. Members are given the option of contributing to the PGA Financial Assistance Fund on their Member Dues each year. Your encouragement of their contribution will help us to grow the fund and, in turn, provide more PGA Scholarships to Member’s children and grandchildren in the future.