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CSGA Announces 2014 Widdy Neale Scholarship Recipients

Contact: Richard Zanini, Managing Director.  rlzanini@cox.net  Tel: 860-721-7700          

Contact: Michael Moraghan, Executive Director.  mmoraghan@csgalinks.org  860-257-4171

The CSGA recently awarded twelve scholarships to employees at Connecticut golf clubs.  The scholarships are given in honor of its long-time Executive Director William “Widdy” Neale.  The program recognizes graduating high school seniors who work at CSGA member golf clubs in positions serving the golf program and/or serving golfers and who are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities.  Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, scholarship, school and community service, and good character. 

The Fund is supported primarily by a major financial commitment from the CSGA.  Other significant contributors include the Bob Pryde Endowment administered by The Community Foundation for New Haven, the Connecticut State Seniors Golf Association, the Senior Golfers of Connecticut, and the New England Senior Golfers’ Association.  Increasingly important are the contributions of individual golfers through the CSGA donors recognition program. 

Since 1954, the program has awarded over $2.84 million in scholarship aid to 529 graduating high school seniors.  Unlike many other scholarship programs, the CSGA scholarships are four-year awards.

“This year’s recipients are all outstanding young people with excellent academic records who have been leaders in their schools and who have completed extensive community service,” said Dick Zanini, CSGA Scholarship Fund Managing Director.  “Their fields of interest for college study are diverse and include civil engineering, business, finance, accounting, broadcast journalism, medical-biological science, psychology, digital media and design, science, and business law”.  Dr. Zanini indicated that the scholarship awards generally range from $1,000 to $3,500 and may be renewed for up to three years.

This year’s recipients are:

Maxwell Anderson W. Hartford Providence College Wampanoag Country Club
David Andrews Fairfield Miami of Ohio Brooklawn Country Club
Daniel Ford Cheshire Elon University New Haven Country Club
Madison Hanlon Wolcott Mount Saint Mary College The Farms Country Club
Michael Jezierski Thompson Worcester State University Raceway Golf Club
Nicholas LaMothe Torrington Holy Cross College Fairview Farm Golf Course
Francis Lee Norwich Franklin and Marshall Norwich Golf Course
Eliza Lynch Trumbull University of North Carolina Tashua Knolls GC
Nathan Marcus Ellington University of Connecticut Ellington Ridge CC
Cooper McLean Newtown West Virginia University Redding Country Club
Nicholas Nemergut Goshen University of North Carolina Washington Golf Club
Joshua Torres Wethersfield Central Connecticut State U Wethersfield Country Club


Fifty Widdy Neale scholarship recipients currently attend colleges as diverse as Assumption, Boston College, Bryant, Campbell, LIU, Penn State, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, Catholic University of America, Endicott, Fairfield, Furman, Penn State, Providence, Bryant, Holy Cross, Regis, Rollins, Suffolk, William and Mary, Union, Villanova, and the Universities of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut.