CUMBERLAND, ME – The Maine State Golf Association is pleased to announce the recipients from the class of 2020 earning awards from the MSGA Scholarship Fund. The MSGA Scholarship Fund, formerly the Maine Caddie Scholarship, has now helped nearly 550 students hailing from all 16 counties across the Pine Tree State to pursue higher education. The MSGA is approaching $1.8 million given in scholarships to these recipients since its modest inception in 1950.
“This year, the MSGA is pleased to award $59,000 over the next four years to ten deserving student-athletes in golf,” says Brian Bickford, Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association. “It’s a very impressive group of future leaders from Maine. I would like to thank each and every MSGA member who makes these awards possible through their generous contributions. Awarding scholarships is one of most important core missions at the MSGA and we take great pride in it.”
"On behalf of the Scholarship Committee and the Board, I want to congratulate this year's MSGA Scholarship recipients on their outstanding achievements and perseverance, both on and off the golf course,” says Neil Angis, chair of the MSGA Scholarship Fund Committee. “It goes without saying that this has been a very challenging year for so many, so it is especially gratifying that the MSGA is able to remain steadfast in its support of these exceptional young people as they pursue their goals and represent both the state of Maine and the game of golf."
Students are selected based on their character, financial need, academic performance, and participation in the game of golf and golf industry. For 2020, the MSGA Scholarship Committee has selected eight new recipients for awards of $1,500 per year, renewable for up to four years of undergraduate education.
The 2020 MSGA Scholars are:
Dylan Cunningham, of Oakland and Messalonskee High School. Cunningham will be attending Thomas College and is the recipient of the Charlie Shuman Award, named this year in special recognition of Charlie's and the Charlie's Family of Dealerships' longstanding support of Charlie's Maine Open and the MSGA.
Evan Glicos, of Windham and Windham High School. Glicos is the recipient of the Andy Lano Award and will be attending Bates College.
Zachary Loftis, of Windham and Windham High School. Loftis is the recipient of the Rock Labbe Award and will be attending the University of Southern Maine.
Conner Paine, of China and Erskine Academy. Paine is the recipient of the Davis Richardson Award and will be attending Saint Leo University.
Rachel Smith, of Cumberland and Merrimack University. Smith is the recipient of the Helen Plourd Award and will be transferring to the University of Southern Maine.
Mitchell Tarrio, of Augusta and Kents Hill School. Tarrio will be attending Assumption College. As the top academic performer among the new scholars, Tarrio is the recipient of the Winchenbach Award and an additional $1,000 one-time grant.
Logan Thompson, of Lincoln and Methodist University. Thompson is the winner of the New England Senior Golf Association Award and will continue at Methodist University.
Max Woodman, of Lincoln and Husson University. Woodman will continue at Husson University and is the recipient of the Jane Gildart Award, named this year in special recognition of Jane's 24 years of dedicated service as a member of the MSGA staff and administrator of the MSGA Scholarship Fund.
In addition to the MSGA Scholarship Fund recipients, the MSGA recognizes the two winners of the Frank Langlois Scholarship. This award gives a one-time grant of $5,000 to one male and one female student who have shown an active interest in golf in Maine. This year’s Frank Langlois Scholarship recipients are:
Gabrielle James, of Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Island High School. James will be attending Husson University.
Caleb Manuel, of Topsham and Mt. Ararat High School. Manuel will be attending the University of Connecticut.
We wish all the best to these talented individuals as they continue with their education. For more information on the MSGA Scholarship Fund, or to make a donation to the Fund, contact [email protected] or visit www.mesga.org.