The Ouimet Fund is keenly aware of the important conversations about equity and diversity that received more appropriate attention in 2020. The Fund is proud of our growth in Scholarship impact to those in, oftentimes, underserved communities or demographic groups. With that being said, we can and will continue to seek out partnerships with local organizations and courses to bring those young men and women into working in the game. Demand for golf is up and ideally so will the opportunities for young people to add even more value to the golfer’s experience. Whether that means maintaining the course, enhancing the golfer experience at arrival or acting as a true partner on the bag caddying for the entire round, we encourage any clubs or courses looking to diversify their workforce to reach out about ideas on this common goal.
Inner City Program
It was great to see the annual City of Boston Golf Management Program at Franklin Park and George Wright golf courses in full swing this summer. For eight weeks, 40 participants worked at Franklin Park and 48 participants worked at George Wright laying sod, fore caddying for daily play, assisting The First Tee program and engaging with their peers and mentor supervisors. While some elements of the program adjusted to new safety requirements, the small 10:1 ratios proved even more impactful and received positive feedback from all involved.
The Ouimet Fund’s Director of Scholarships, Michelle Edwards, spoke remotely via video conference to the participants about the timeline and benefits of the Ouimet Scholarship. We are thrilled with another 32 Ouimet Scholars this year from the two sites, a figure which has grown from 9 in 2015. For 25 years, more than 155 Boston students have benefited from this program and have received over $1.8 Million in Ouimet Scholarships. Due to Covid-19 protocols, previously highlighted programs in the city of Worcester were unfortunately on hold in 2020 and we hope are able to return safely in 2021.
I would truly like to thank Green Hill Golf Course for the amazing opportunities that they brought into my life, as I can truly say I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of Green Hill and the Ouimet Fund. Working in golf has taught me a plethora of life skills that has helped me mature and thrive in life. I am very thankful to be a Ouimet Scholar and hope that someday I can give back as a sign of my gratitude.Jahvon Kelley, Johnson and Wales University, 2023Green Hill Municipal Golf Course
Working at George Wright, not only gave me lifelong friends, but I learned so much about leadership. I have learned how to handle difficult situations, how to distinguish between friendship and authority and how to be a leader. I can honestly say without working at George Wright, I would not be the woman I am today. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to work at George Wright and become a Ouimet Scholar.Victoria Donahue, Worcester State University, 2022George Wright Golf Course
Much gratitude and appreciation to all the staff and members of Worcester Country Club for their continued support of the Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Without this opportunity I would not have gained the skills and work ethic that now allow me to call myself a Ouimet Scholar. This support has helped me in becoming a better student, not having to worry about academic expenses and having a large network that believes in me. Thank you!Kevin Asirifi, Bridgewater State University, 2020Worcester Country Club
I would like to thank the George Wright Golf Course for the chance to apply for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, an experience that has granted me opportunities beyond belief. I have been able to pursue my academic, athletic, and professional dreams to the fullest. Thank you so much!Isabella Collins, Columbia University, 2022George Wright Golf Course
I have never felt as grateful as I do in receiving a Ouimet Scholarship. This scholarship has relieved my mother and me of the financial burden of college and I could stop wondering how a paycheck to paycheck mother of three could support me going to college. The Ouimet Fund was our saving grace. A debt I can never quite repay, but I will try my best to make those of you proud who believed in me furthering my education.Kenneth Amoah, UMass Amherst, 2022Worcester Country Club
Without Green Hill Golf Course, I would have never been able to apply for a Ouimet Scholarship, which has helped me out tremendously with my first year in college. I am so grateful for the opportunity through the caddie program. Thank you!Maiah Lester, Loyola University Maryland, 2023Green Hill Municipal Golf Course
I cannot express how grateful I am for you all to give me the opportunity to apply to the Ouimet Fund. The assistance from the Ouimet Fund has helped my family and me afford going to Bryant University, where I have been working towards my degree. Without the help of the Ouimet Fund, I can confidently say I wouldn't be the person I am today. Thank you so much for all the opportunities!Seamus White, Bryant University, 2021Worcester Country Club