USGA And Chevron Announce STEM Scholarship Program

February 20, 2014

The Chevron STEM Zone, seen here at Merion Golf Club during the 2013 U.S. Open, is an example of how the USGA has partnered with Chevron to provide educational opportunities through golf. (USGA/Jonathan Kolbe)

FAR HILLS, N.J. – In a demonstration of their ongoing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the United States Golf Association and Chevron announced a new scholarship program for qualified high school seniors who are pursuing college careers in STEM disciplines.

The scholarships are available to students who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time student with a focus in STEM-related courses. Applicants must also possess a demonstrated interest in golf, which may include: school team and tournament participation, involvement in a First Tee chapter, and family or other golf-related extracurricular activities.

Accepted students will receive an award ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, which may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.

“Through our partnership with Chevron, we have found fun and interesting ways to use golf to inspire students in STEM education,” said Sarah Hirshland, senior managing director of business affairs for the USGA. “Our new scholarship program is focused on supporting students who are pursuing careers in these important disciplines and we are proud to work together to invest in their future.”

The scholarships are part of a multiyear partnership to develop programs that encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. Since 2012, the USGA and Chevron have provided financial support for the First Green Foundation, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and The First Tee programs. Together, they collaborated with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, on its “Science of Golf” video series, a 10-part program that explores STEM topics through the game of golf. Made especially for use in the classroom, these videos are aligned with lesson plans and national state education standards, and are available to the public at no cost on

“Few things are more important to young people and the future of American competitiveness than a quality education,” said Steve Woodhead, manager of global social investments at Chevron. “Our company has invested more than $100 million in education programs over the past five years, and we’re proud to partner with the USGA in this new initiative to help deserving students pursue STEM-related careers.”

Full details and an application for the United States Golf Association and Chevron STEM Scholarship Program can be found at:

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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