The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust was created in 1958 by the Golf Association of Philadelphia through the efforts of then-President Walter A. Schmidt; Leo Fraser, President of the local section of Professional Golfers Association of America; and Albert Keeping, Golf Professional at Gulph Mills Golf Club. It was named in honor of Philadelphia’s premier golfer of the era, J. Wood Platt. Not only was Mr. Platt an accomplished player, but he was also the Trust’s co-founder and first contributor.
In the last 60+ years, more than 3,800 young men and women have received $23 million in aid. In the 2020-21 academic year, 145 caddies will receive more than $1.2 million. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year for undergraduates and graduate students.
What People Are Saying
“J. Wood Platt definitely has given me the opportunity to go to school. Without J. Wood Platt, the financial burden on my family would be a lot higher and make going to school harder.”Noah Shotzberger, Philmont Country ClubMillersville University
“It’s been huge. My family has had four kids in college. It’s been a huge help to my family to get everybody through.”Chris Turocy, St. Davids Golf ClubUniversity of Pittsburgh
“It allowed me to go to St. Joseph's University. I wouldn’t have been able to come here without J. Wood Platts monetary benefits.”David Young, Hidden Creek Golf ClubSt. Joseph's University
“I honestly probably wouldn’t have gone to school without the J. Wood Platt Scholarship.”Michael Ellis, Chester Valley Golf ClubWilkes University
“For one, it has given me countless resources, which has been amazing. It has helped me get a higher education, which I can't thank anyone enough for.”Philip James, Blue Stone Golf ClubThe Pennsylvania State University