William A. Mitchell Financial Assistance Program

The William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program was formed in honor of this wonderful 30-year member of the PGA. The financial assistance is made available to assist golf professionals early in their careers with the expenses of PGA schooling. William A. Mitchell was a staunch advocate of the PGA, for he was PGA educated, PGA trained and he achieved the promise of the PGA.
IMPORTANT

Applications must be returned to the Metropolitan PGA by a to be determined date.
Applications must be submitted online by clicking link on the Met PGA website Assistants Page.
Please read the entire document thoroughly, including the program description and general instructions for filling out the application.
 
  • The applicant must be working full-time at a golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA golf professional.
  • Applications are available online at www.met.pga.com link on the Assistants Page.
  • Please direct any questions to Jeff Voorheis at the address above or call (914) 347-2325.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
  • A candidate must have served a minimum of two consecutive seasons in service at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional.
  • A candidate must currently be employed at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional.
  • A candidate must establish a financial need.
  • A candidate must be enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.
  • A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the PGA and dedication to becoming a PGA professional.
  • Financial assistance is available only for courses to be attended during calendar year 2021.
 
  1. PURPOSE:
The purpose of the William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education programs offered by the PGA.
 
  1. ELIGIBILITY:
Applicants for the 2021 William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program must have worked a minimum of two consecutive seasons at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional, currently be working full-time at a golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional, be enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, and scheduled to attend a PGA sponsored Checkpoint or related PGA Professional Golf Management Program during 2021.
 
Applicants must complete and submit the application online. The date is to be determined. The William Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program Committee will review the applications and choose the candidate(s) based on need and desire to receive financial assistance for a PGA education. The financial assistance recipient(s) will be announced at the “The Mitch” Pro-Am TBD, 2021 at Innis Arden Golf Club. Recipients are encouraged to attend and to participate in the Pro Am but those not in attendance will be notified by email. Additionally, the recipient(s) will be recognized at an upcoming PGA Section meeting.
 
  1. SCHOLARSHIP:
The William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program is designed to award financial assistance to an applicant(s) who has met the required guidelines. The amount of financial assistance is determined by the availability of funds. Special financial assistance may be awarded based on the availability of funds and discretion of the financial assistance committee.
 
  1. SELECTION OF WINNERS:
  • Financial assistance recipients will be selected based on the following competitive basis by using a combination of criteria: Financial Need, References & Essay

About William A. Mitchell


One of the most popular and most decorated members of the Met Section prior to his untimely death in 1997, this former Met PGA President was responsible for the Section's successful travel events to a variety of venues in the US and internationally. Mitchell was universally loved and was a fixture at PGA National Meetings and one of the Section’s most effective delegates. He was instrumental in the development of the Playing Ability test and National PGA Junior Championship. He served on the PGA’s Board of Control as well as on a number of committees and task forces. Billy was twice the Met PGA's Professional of the Year ('79 and '83) and twice the Strausbaugh recipient ('81 & '82) before winning the National Award in 1996 when he was renominated for that honor the fifth time. He was also selected as the 1996 recipient of the Sam Snead Award for his contributions to golf, the PGA and the Met Section.

 

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