The MSGA Scholarship Fund was started in 1950, originally as a caddie scholarship. It was expanded in the 1970s and an endowment fund was started. The goal of the endowment fund was to ensure the future of the Scholarship Fund by having it be self-supporting. In 2019, the Fund topped the endowment goal of $1,200,000 in assets for the first time.
The Scholarship Fund is overseen by the MSGA Board of Directors. A current goal is to grow the number of recipients the Fund is able to help, and boost the dollar amount of each recipient's award. To get there, the MSGA Scholarship Fund relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors who support our commitment to helping Maine youth afford their higher education. Every contribution made is important to this mission.
A portion of all revenues generated by the MSGA is set aside for the Fund, which has assisted more than 530 Maine students across all 16 counties with the cost of higher education since its inception in 1950.
To date we have given more than $1.8 million to deserving Maine students to pursue higher education. Help us to continue to grow this Fund and ensure it's around for young Maine golfers for generations to come.
There are named scholarships as part of the Fund that are awarded each year. Long-time supporter Frank Langlois established a fund in 2017 to award $5,000 to a deserving boy and girl each year who have shown an active interest in golf.
Named scholarships, in addition to the Langlois Award, include the Rock Labbe Award, the Davis Richardson Award, the Dr. Winchenbach Award, the Charlie Shuman Award, the Andy Lano Award, the Helen Plourd Award, the New England Senior Golf Association Award, and the Jane Gildart Award.