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Service to Golf Scholarships

Service to Golf

For more than 60 years, the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust has actively supported caddies in helping them achieve a college education. Now, in addition to continuing its longstanding support of caddies, the Trust will begin awarding college scholarships to those working in Service to Golf capacities at selected GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia) Member Clubs. Service to Golf is defined as being employed in golf operations: bag room, driving range, cart management and pro shop.

Service to Golf Press Release

Scholarship Information

J. Wood Platt awards need-based Service to Golf scholarships of up to $5,000 annually.
Applicants are asked to submit financial documents, a school transcript, and proof of their employment record.
Recipients must continue to work when home from college, be enrolled in a college or university as a full-time undergraduate student and maintain a minimum grade point average.
Scholarship recipients will participate in the JWP EMPOWER program, which provides mentoring and career preparation services.
Applicants chosen as finalists are asked to attend an interview with J. Wood Platt staff and the J. Wood Platt Board of Trustees. Applications are taken annually through the J. Wood Platt Website.

Service to Golf Pilot Program Clubs 

Applecross Country Club Glenmaura National Golf Club
Bala Golf Club  Hershey Country Club
Berkshire Country Club Honeybrook Golf Club
Bidermann Golf Club Kennett Square Golf & Country Club
Broad Run Golfer’s Club LedgeRock Golf Club 
Carlisle Country Club  LuLu Country Club 
Coatesville Country Club  Makefield Highlands Golf Club 
Concord Country Club Sandy Run Country Club
Country Club of Harrisburg Schuylkill Country Club 
Downingtown Country Club Valley Country Club
Eagles Mere Country Club West Shore Country Club
Fieldstone Golf Club

Williamsport Country Club 

Frosty Valley Wyoming Valley Country Club

FAQ's

  • How can I get to work in a Service to Golf position?
    • To work in a Service to Golf position, please contact the head professional or director of outside operations at the club. Any questions, please reach out to Brad Kane, bkane@gapgolf.org.
  • How will the Trust determine need for a Service to Golf scholarship?
    • The Trust will determine need by using the same methods we determine the need for caddies; a combination of the FAFSA form and parent/guardian tax returns.
  • What is the Maximum award for candidates for Service to Golf?
    • The max award is $5,000 annually per Service to Golf Scholar.
  • What are the roles that qualify someone to be eligible for a Service to Golf award?
    • Service to Golf is defined as employment in golf operations – bag room, driving range, cart management, and pro shop.
  •  Can they intern/work in the grounds department? 
    • Currently, grounds crew are not eligible. 
  • Will these new scholars be eligible to participate in the EMPOWER Program?
    • We look forward to including all scholars in the EMPOWER Program!
  • How did the Trust determine which clubs to be part of the Pilot program?  
    • We focused primarily on geography, inviting clubs in areas where caddie programs have not been prevalent. We also factored in some long-standing clubs that have been highly supportive of GAP that did not have caddie programs.
  • When do you expect this program to be open to clubs beyond the pilot phase?  
    • The pilot program is two years, so if all goes well, we would begin advertising to all GAP Member Clubs in 2024.
  • How does the Trust respond to donors who want their donation to be directed to either caddies or STG?
    • In 2022, the Trust modified its mission to allow for greater support of youth who are pursuing a four-year college education. As such, the Trust does not offer a designation to stipulate one type of Scholar over another. 
  • If a club does not raise any money for JWP, would the Trust still award a grant to a Service to Golf candidate?  
    • While our hope is that Club leadership and membership will support the Trust in its philanthropic endeavors, the goal of this new program is to allow for greater support of youth who are pursuing a four-year college education. As such, the Trust does not consider Club support when evaluating an applicant’s merit.  

Don’t see your Service to Golf question or would like to get in contact with a JWP staff member? Contact Brad Kane at bkane@gapgolf.org