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USGA and Chevron Announce STEM Scholarship Program

By USGA, February 20, 2014 – In a demonstration of their ongoing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the United States Golf Association and Chevron announced a new scholarship program for qualified high school seniors who are pursuing college careers in STEM disciplines.

The scholarships are available to students who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time student with a focus in STEM-related courses. Applicants must also possess a demonstrated interest in golf, which may include: school team and tournament participation, involvement in a First Tee chapter, and family or other golf-related extracurricular activities.

Accepted students will receive an award ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, which may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.

“Through our partnership with Chevron, we have found fun and interesting ways to use golf to inspire students in STEM education,” said Sarah Hirshland, senior managing director of business affairs for the USGA. “Our new scholarship program is focused on supporting students who are pursuing careers in these important disciplines and we are proud to work together to invest in their future.”

The scholarships are part of a multiyear partnership to develop programs that encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. Since 2012, the USGA and Chevron have provided financial support for the First Green Foundation, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and The First Tee programs. Together, they collaborated with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, on its “Science of Golf” video series, a 10-part program that explores STEM topics through the game of golf. Made especially for use in the classroom, these videos are aligned with lesson plans and national state education standards, and are available to the public at no cost on http://nbclearn.com/Golf.

“Few things are more important to young people and the future of American competitiveness than a quality education,” said Steve Woodhead, manager of global social investments at Chevron. “Our company has invested more than $100 million in education programs over the past five years, and we’re proud to partner with the USGA in this new initiative to help deserving students pursue STEM-related careers.”

Full details and an application for the United States Golf Association and Chevron STEM Scholarship Program can be found at: https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/usga-chevron/.

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