With the generous support of the Lundgrens, the scholarships will be awarded each year to talented and motivated students from diverse backgrounds who are working toward PGA membership through one of the 18 PGA-accredited university golf management programs at national scale. These students pursue a bachelor’s degree in a major compatible with the golf industry, with the goal of earning PGA membership and becoming leaders in the golf industry.
Since its inception in 2018, a total of 47 individuals have been awarded scholarships, with overall support of $376,000 provided to date. Thanks to the generosity of the Lundgrens, PGA WORKS has added six additional scholarships over the past two academic years.
The PGA WORKS John & Tamara Lundgren PGA WORKS Scholarship Program will remain open to high school seniors, graduates, or post-secondary undergraduates. There will be an intentional focus on engaging a diverse demographic of attendees. Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership through participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unique personal or family circumstances, from an outside assessment, active participation in the game of golf and playing ability.
To ensure the success and sustainability of the program, as well as the objectivity of the selection process, PGA REACH has retained Scholarship America as a third-party administrator. Scholarship America is the largest designer and manager of scholarships, tuition assistance, and other educational support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals to help students to achieve their academic dreams.
“We are very grateful and inspired by the philanthropic commitment of John and Tamara Lundgren to support the growth of PGA WORKS,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of PGA of America. “The PGA WORKS John & Tamara Lundgren Scholarship Program does important work in enabling people from diverse backgrounds to pursue their education, while working towards a career in the golf industry. Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Lundgrens, we are taking a big step towards making golf more like America.
“Golf has been a big part of my life since I was a kid, having competed at the junior and collegiate level,” said John Lundgren. “Tamara and I first met at a golf club in London, and golf has been something we have loved playing and supporting together ever since. We are thrilled and honored to help a group of aspiring young men and women who share our love of the game. We are confident that they will further the growth of the game and broaden its appeal as they pursue careers in the industry.
The Lundgrens also provide support to PGA WORKS Beyond Greena career exploration event designed to educate and inspire talent from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in golf and beyond, as well as the PGA WORKS Scholarshipa fully paid, immersive entry-level experience in the Foundation operations of a PGA Section.
John Lundgren served for 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stanley Black and Decker (NYSE: SWK), the world’s largest outdoor tools and products company, until his retirement in 2017. He is currently Lead Independent Director at Visa (NYSE: V) and Chairman of the Board of Topgolf Callaway Brands (NYSE: MODG), formerly Callaway Golf Company.
Tamara Lundgren practiced law and investment banking in the United States and Europe before joining Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN), a global leader in sustainable metal production and exporter of recycled metals, where she is currently President and CEO. She serves on the board of directors of Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) and is chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. They reside in North Palm Beach, Florida.