Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., January 20, 2011 - The EWGA (Executive Women's Golf Association) Foundation now is accepting applications for its 2011 'Women On Par®' scholarship. The program was established in 2008 to provide financial assistance to nontraditional female students – women at least 30 years old. It targets women who need assistance in bolstering their education to allow them to get 'on par' with their peers and to advance themselves, whether professionally or personally.
EWGA membership is not a requirement to apply or receive a scholarship. Applicants are required to be pursuing a technical/vocational degree, associates or bachelor's degree and currently enrolled or accepted to enroll in an accredited school, college or university. For complete eligibility requirements and application forms, see the EWGA Foundation tab at www.ewga.com .
There is a two-step selection process associated with the program. The application period is open from January 1 through March 15, 2011. However, only the first 200 applications received during this time period will be considered and notice will be posted online should the acceptance process be closed early. The second phase will include additional screening by the Scholarship Selection Committee and the 2011 winner of the $1000 scholarship will be announced by June 15.
"The response to our 'Women On Par®' scholarship program validates the enormity of the need to help nontraditional "older" students achieve their educational goals," says Margaret Downey, president of the EWGA Foundation. "Last year we received applications from 47 states as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. We have launched a scholarship fund endowment campaign and hope to be able to expand the program, and in the future help more women get 'on par'. "
Christy Bartlett Women On Par® Scholarship Fund
As part of the Foundation's efforts to expand the program, a special fundraising campaign was rolled out to the EWGA membership. Named in honor of a woman who exemplifies the courage, determination and spirit that is fostered through this scholarship program, the Christy Bartlett Women On Par® Scholarship Fund has an endowment goal of $50,000.
Bartlett, an EWGA member from the Portland, Ore. Chapter, twice has won the EWGA Member-Get-A Member campaign earning the chance to play rounds of golf with Rosie Jones in 2004 and with Laura Diaz in 2007 through her efforts to introduce hundreds of women to the many benefits of golf and belonging to the EWGA. She has been a volunteer at numerous EWGA Championship Finals and Annual Conferences and is an inspiration to all who know her.
"We want to honor Christy for her remarkable spirit, passion for golf and the EWGA. Her name on this scholarship will be a lasting tribute sure to inspire every future scholarship recipient," says Downey. "Christy has touched the lives of so many and this is the best way we can show her how much she means to each of us and the EWGA. " Anyone wishing to make a contribution to this scholarship fund may contact the foundation at (561) 691-0096 x 19 or visit ewga.com and click on the Foundation tab.
The EWGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization formed and supported by the Executive Women's Golf Association. Its mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. Other initiatives include the development of a golf education curriculum, Drive for Dreams outreach program to 'give the gift of golf' and an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf charity event. Over the past seven years, EWGA chapters and the EWGA Foundation have donated over $450,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, making the EWGA one of the largest single contributors to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, aside from the USGA.
Since it was founded in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA has enriched the lives of over 100,000 women connecting them to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and for fun. EWGA chapters provide a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers. A welcoming environment, golf education and player development, and organized play programs are part of the many benefits of EWGA membership.
The EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There are chapters throughout the United States with international chapters in Canada. For more information about the EWGA and its membership, visit www.ewga.com.