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2023 Scholarship Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2023

The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation is a non-profit organization founded to support the Northern Ohio community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charities in the area. The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation falls under the direction of the Northern Ohio PGA, a non-profit organization comprised of over 370 men and women PGA Professionals serving as experts in business and the game of golf.

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This is the third year that the Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation is going to award two local students with a $10,000 scholarship to assist with their college education. The students selected to receive the $10,000 scholarship will receive it in $2,500 increments annually over the course of four years. In order to receive funding each year, additional paperwork including a copy of the student's transcript must be submitted to the NOPGA Section Foundation to ensure the students are performing at an acceptable level.

In 2021, the NOPGA Section Foundation gave the inaugural $10,000 scholarships to Rachel DiDonato of Green, Ohio, and Ben Ellis from Doylestown, Ohio. Rachel is pursuing a degree in business with minors in health sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Ben is pursuing a degree in Global Studies and International Politics at Siena Heights University.

In 2022, the NOPGA Section Foundation gave two scholarships to Sophia Rosa and Daniel Donegan. Sophia is studying nursing at Walsh University and Daniel is studying Mathematics at Notre Dame University.

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Sophia Rosa

Masillon, Ohio

Sophia Rosa graduated from Massillon Perry High School in June 2022 with a 4.0 GPA. She is attending Walsh University to study Nursing while also playing on the golf team. During high school, she worked as a Marina Attendant for Stark Parks-Perry Marina and volunteered through Stark Parks local wildlife center making animals' diets, rehabilitating animals who are injured, and cleaning enclosures. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Perry Women's Golf Team, and was an Athletic Leadership Council Officer during high school.

Daniel Donegan

Avon, Ohio

Danny Donegan graduated from Avon Lake High School in June 2022 with a 4.8 Grade Point Average. He is a freshman attending Notre Dame University studying Applied and Computational Mathematis and Statistics. He worked at Sweetbriar Golf Course throughout high school. Danny was a multi-sport athlete, playing golf and basketball in high school in between his many community service activities including volunteering with the Special Olympics where he helped run a Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Math Team.

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Rachel DiDonato

Akron, Ohio

Rachel graduated from Green High School in June with a 4.457 GPA. Coming from a family of five kids, she has worked multiple jobs throughout high school to save money to pay for college. Rachel began playing golf the week before tryouts in her freshman year of high school, and was using clubs older than she was. By the end of her interview with the Scholarship Committee, her sense of humor came out and she admitted that she did get a new set of clubs and traded in her hand-me-downs. She competes on the NOPGA Junior Tour and participates in OGGF events as well as First Tee events. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, Developing Leaders of Tomorrow, and PE Mentorship. She will be attending college at Northern Kentucky University where she will pursue a degree in business with minors in health sciences and Spanish.

"I started the week before tryouts my freshman year of high school and was using a set of clubs that were seventeen years old. My dad and I would go play the first, second, and ninth holes at Firestone Public over and over again at night."

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Ben Ellis

Doylestown, Ohio

Ben graduated from Chippewa High School this year with a 4.16 GPA. Ben was a member of the National Honor Society and was even NHS president during his senior year. His favorite class in high school was A.P. U.S. History because of the impact of his teacher, Mr. Liptak. He was also a multi-sport athlete, playing golf and baseball in high school in between his numerous community service activities. Ben has also been playing the piano since second grade, and still enjoys playing. Ben feels that golf has been helpful in keeping his composure; you can’t tell whether he hit a good shot or a bad shot. At the end of his interview with the Scholarship Committee, he told the committee that his house is the place to go if you want a wiffleball game in Doylestown. He will be attending college at Siena Heights University where he will pursue a degree in Global Studies and International Politics.

“I want to graduate college with as little debt as possible. I’ve watched my parents struggle with their student loan debt and my goal is to come out with as little debt as possible. College is extremely expensive...taking a little more burden off of my parents and me is my goal.”

For more information on the 2022 Scholarships, email Danielle Nicholson at dnicholson@pgahq.com or call the Section Office at (216) 765-1214!