Women on Par Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The “Women on Par” Scholarship Program, provided by the LPGA Foundation, was established in 2007 by the EWGA (now LPGA Women Who Play) to provide financial assistance to “non-traditional” female students. These scholarships are intended for women, aged 30 and older, who are attending a college or university for the first time or returning to school after an absence to complete their technical/vocational, Associate, or Bachelors degree. The scholarships are designed to help these women get “on par,” or get an equal footing, with their peers, friends, and other women who have had a chance to complete their college education.

Since inception, the scholarship program has helped more than half a dozen women realize their dreams. In 2018, two (2) scholarships will be awarded: One (1) $2,000 Women On Par scholarship and one (1) $1,000 Women On Par scholarship.

The 2018 Women on Par Scholarship application period opens on January 22 and remains open until 200 applications are received, April 15 of the application year, or whichever occurs first. Applicants are not required to be LPGA Women Who Play Members, but must comply with the eligibility criteria listed below.

We have received 200 applications for the Women on Par scholarship and are closing the application for 2018. Thank you.




Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

1What is LPGA Women Who Play?
Formerly the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA), LPGA Women Who Play is a golf organization for current and aspiring business and professional women and is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through the game of golf. The mission of the organization is connecting women to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and for fun. Established in 1991, EWGA (now LPGA Women Who Play, as of 2018) is a Florida tax exempt 501(c)(6) corporation serving an international membership. This membership association delivers a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for new and experienced golfers to members at local Chapters throughout the United States and international Chapters in Canada, Italy, and Bermuda. The organization seeks to promote the growth of women’s golf and serves as an advocate for positive change on issues of importance to women golfers. LPGA Women Who Play is dedicated to empowering, enriching and energizing professional women through golf and seeks to provide timely, valued benefits and services to its members.
2Why was the “Women on Par” scholarship created?
The “Women on Par” Scholarship Program was established in 2007 to provide financial assistance to “non-traditional” female students. These scholarships are intended for women, age 30 and older, who are attending a college or university for the first time or returning to school after an absence to complete their technical/vocational, Associate, or Bachelors degree. The scholarships are designed to help these women get “on par,” or get an equal footing, with their peers, friends and other women who have had a chance to complete their college education.
3Who is eligible to apply for a Women On Par scholarship?
Applicants and Recipients are not required to be current or former members of the EWGA; however, they must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be female.
  • Be at least 30 years of age as of January 1, 2018.
  • Be a United States or Canadian citizen, or legal resident.
  • Pursuing a technical/vocational, Associate or Bachelors degree. Candidates must be first time applicants to school, or must be returning to school after an absence to complete a degree. If you have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree, you are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Currently enrolled, or accepted to an accredited school, college or university.
  • Exhibit a need for financial assistance.
Current and former LPGA Women Who Play members and their immediate family members are eligible to apply for the scholarship so long as the aforementioned eligibility requirements are met. Members of the LPGA Women Who Play Headquarters Staff, Association Board, Foundation Board and the Foundation Board Selection Committee and their immediate families are not eligible.
4I do not play golf, and I am not a member of LPGA Women Who Play. Does this prevent me from applying for a Women On Par scholarship?
No. You do not have to play golf or be a current or former member of the LPGA Women Who Play to apply for or receive this scholarship.
5If an applicant is a current or former member of LPGA Women Who Play, will she receive preferential consideration?
No. Current or former membership in LPGA Women Who Play does not provide preferential treatment to any applicant.
6How much money will be awarded?
Currently, two (2) scholarships will be awarded: One (1) $2,000 Women On Par scholarship and one (1) $1,000 Women On Par scholarship.
7What is the selection process and timeline for submission?
This application process is a two-step process. Only the application form, including the personal essay and validation of current enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited school are required to be submitted in the first phase of the application process. Applications will be accepted from January 15 through April 15 or until 200 applications are received, whichever occurs first. Applications must be postmarked by mid-night April 15 to be considered. Only the first 200 applications received during this time period will be considered for a Women On Par Scholarship by the Scholarship Selection Committee. Once the first 200 applications have been received, a notice will be posted on the LPGA Foundation website, and the application acceptance process will be closed. The first phase of the selection process involves an initial screening of applications to ensure that the application has been completed in full and all instructions have been followed by the applicant. Failure to complete all required sections of the application and follow instructions will result in disqualification of the application. Handwritten applications and personal essays will not be considered. Applications that meet all of the submission requirements for the first phase of the process will then be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee with a pool of applicants selected to participate in the second phase of the application process. All initial applicants will be notified by e-mail by May 1, concerning their status in the application process. The applicants chosen as finalists for the scholarship will be entered into phase two of the selection process and will be asked to provide official school transcripts (from previously attended schools), financial documentation (Form 1040 filed with the IRS or any foreign equivalent tax form filed for tax year 2016) and three sealed letters of recommendation. Detailed instructions for finalists completing phase two of this application process will be posted on the LPGA Foundationwebsite on May 1. This information packet must be submitted by the finalists no later than May 31. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all finalists’ applications and the two winners will be announced no later than June 22.
8How will I know when the first 200 applications have been received?
Only the first 200 applications will be considered by the Scholarship Selection Committee. Once the first 200 applications have been received, a notice will be posted on the LPGA Foundation website and the application acceptance process will be closed.
9Who is on the Scholarship Selection Committee?
The Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of two (2) members of the LPGA Foundation Board and three (3) at-large LPGA Women Who Play members who are not members of the Foundation Board.
10What if I choose not to answer all of the application questions or provide all required documentation?
For Phase One of the application process, applicants must submit the following materials in order for the application to be considered:
  • Completed application form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • Proof of current enrollment in, or acceptance to, an accredited school.
    • If you are selected to advance to Phase Two of the application process as a scholarship finalist, you must submit the following materials in order for your application to be considered:
      • Official transcripts from schools previously attended
      • Three (3) sealed letters of reference
      • Official financial documentation of your 2017 income (Form 1040 as filed with the IRS or foreign equivalent).
      An incomplete application, including unanswered questions, missing documentation and/or inappropriate formatting, will not be evaluated.
11What if I have questions when filling out the application?
Please address any questions you have about this scholarship application to womenonpar@lpgawomenwhoplay.com..
12What if I can’t access the online application?
Email a request for assistance to membership@lpgawomenwhoplay.com.
13 If selected as the scholarship winner, will the scholarship funds be sent to me or my school?
The scholarships will be paid directly to the educational institution where the award recipient is enrolled or has been accepted to attend. Payment will be made by no later than July 15.
14Can I apply again the next year if not selected this time?
Yes.
15Can I apply again next year if I am selected for one of this year’s scholarships?
Yes.