The Oklahoma Golf Association Foundation has announced a scholarship program for Oklahoma high school senior golfers. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2015, and the first class of recipients will be announced June 1. The application is available on the OGA website at www.okgolf.org.
The OGA Foundation Scholarships consist of the following.
Bill Barrett Memorial Scholarship, $5,000
Roy Oxford Memorial Scholarship, $5,000
Oklahoma Golf Association Foundation Scholarships, five at $2,500 each.
To be eligible for a scholarship, golfers must be an Oklahoma high school senior in good standing who has competed on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour or been a member of the First Tee Program in Oklahoma. Criteria for granting scholarships includes character, academic achievement, leadership and financial need. The selections will be made by the OGAF Board of Directors. A complete list of criteria and more information on the selection process is online at www.okgolf.org.
Mark Felder, the executive director of the Oklahoma Golf Association, said it has been a goal of the OGA Foundation since its inception to offer college scholarships to young Oklahoma golfers and it was rewarding to see the foundation in a position to begin the program.
Bill Barrett and Roy Oxford were both long-time volunteers with the OGA. Barrett, a retired druggist, served as executive director from 1983 to 1993 and Oxford, a retired FBI agent, was by his side at countless tournaments, rules seminars and junior events. Both were known for countless acts of kindness and encouragement for junior golfers. Barrett served as the OGA tournament director from 1993 until passing away in 2001 and Oxford remained active with the OGA until he died in 2012.