[[Dallas, TX- September 24,2014]]
The Caves Valley Golf Club Foundation in Owings Mills, Md. has establishing a new $100,000 scholarship to support an undergraduate in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s PGA Golf Management program.
UMES is one of 18 universities with a PGA-approved Golf Management program, and the nation’s lone historically black institution awarding a bachelor’s degree in that discipline.
Demarkis Cooper of Clinton, Md. is the inaugural Caves Valley Scholar at UMES. He was among Maryland’s top prep golfers as a senior a year ago.
“As we move our program to the forefront of collegiate golf management programs,” UMES President Juliette B. Bell said, “our goal is to recruit and enroll the highest caliber student who will represent our university with pride and respect traditions of the game.”
The Caves Valley foundation is the philanthropic arm of Caves Valley Golf Club north of Baltimore, a host venue for numerous USGA, LPGA and NCAA events.
“The mission and accomplishments of the UMES PGA Golf Management Association align perfectly with the (Caves Valley) Foundation’s dedication to improving the lives of young people through exposure to golf’s customs, traditions and rules of fair play,” Foundation board chairman Gary Attman said.
The foundation created the UMES scholarship to reward a deserving student-athlete with a minimum 3.5 high school grade point average, a USGA handicap of 12 or less, outstanding character, integrity and leadership qualities, and who demonstrates a financial need. The recipient must continue meeting those criteria to remain eligible for the scholarship through 4½ years of study.
The scholarship will pay for tuition, room, board, textbooks and other incidental costs for up to 5 years, including an internship designed to provide the student with field experience.
Being selected to receive the scholarship, Cooper said, means “hard work really does pay off. I plan to continue what I was doing and work harder to steer my life in the direction I want it to go.”