Since the day he insisted that Eddie Lowery carry his bag in the 1913 U.S. Open, Francis Ouimet was known for his interest in helping young people. The Ouimet Fund has continued that legacy proudly for over 65 years.
Since 1949, The Fund has awarded nearly $34 Million in need-based college tuition assistance to students who have given at least two years of service to golf as caddies, pro shop work, or course superintendent operations at a Massachusetts golf course.
The Ouimet Scholarship is unique in that it is renewable for up to four years. Ouimet awards range from $1,000 to $15,000 per year, depending on financial need and ranking in our competitive evaluation process. The value of the award over four years can be $10,000 to $40,000, or more. Nearly 5,700 young people have received Ouimet Scholarships, and many have gone on to prestigious positions of leadership in business and professional careers.
Applicants should be aware that the Ouimet Scholarship Fund operates in many ways as a college does, with a very defined “admissions” process and highly quantifiable “financial aid” process. The Ouimet Fund uses the same financial data that colleges access for determination of need. The Ouimet Fund strives to fill as much “unmet need” as possible within its parameters. Students will occasionally note that The Fund has an average award of $6,000, but the first year scholar grant may be considerably lower. Need and awards can be very different for every scholar, but are re-calculated every year, and will tend to increase based on a range of factors. Initial award communications will not include potential endowed scholarships which are a separate process and in addition to the regular Ouimet scholarship. Ouimet awards are given as 40% first semester and 60% second semester with endowed awards coming separately.
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- 5,749 individuals helped since 1949
- $33,678,417 awarded since 1949
2017 – 2018 Scholarship Profile:
- 345 individuals receiving financial awards
- 146 “Honorary” Scholars receiving no financial award
- $2,000,000 awarded
- 155 Colleges attended by Scholars
- 139 Clubs represented by Scholars
- 70 Female Scholars (up 94% in 5 years)
- 70 Inner-City Scholars (up 150% in 5 years)
- Scholars’ Golf Employment: 55% Caddies; 35% Pro Shop; 10% Course Superintendent Operations
- Course Superintendent Ops
- Pro Shop Ops (Bag Room, Practice Range & Cart Storage Area)
- Locker Room
- “On-Course” Snack Shack
History of the Scholarship:
|Years||Awards||Total Scholarships||“New” Scholarships|
|1950 – 1959||$170,730||690||291|
|1960 – 1969||$676,559||1,746||680|
|1970 – 1979||$1,389,625||2,761||875|
|1980 – 1989||$2,884,650||2,716||860|
|1990 – 1999||$4,725,500||2,422||845|
|2000 – 2009||$10,714,909||3,385||1,104|
Totals $33,678,417 to 6,082 Scholars
*“New” Scholars indicates first-time recipients.
Is the Ouimet Fund a tax-exempt organization?
Yes, The Fund is an official 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is considered The Golf Charity of Massachusetts™ and has been since its inception in 1949. The Ouimet Fund’s tax ID # is 04-2234126.
How much is given out each year in need-based Scholarships?
Since 1949, The Fund has awarded nearly $34 Million dollars in need-based financial aid to 5,700 college students who have worked in the game of golf in Massachusetts for at least two years. In the 2017 – 2018 academic year alone, The Fund will award $2 Million in need-based financial aid.
What is the expense ratio of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund?
For the last five fiscal years, The Fund is proud to say that we have maintained an administrative expense ratio under 10%. When compared to other charities of similar size, the Ouimet Fund is on a par, or better, in terms of expense ratio. Any clubs or potential donors that wish to inquire further about The Fund’s programs may call 774.430.9090.
Who is awarded the money raised by The Fund?
All Ouimet Scholarship candidates must have performed at least two years service to golf as caddies, or in pro shop or grounds crew operations at any course in Massachusetts. The candidate must plan to be a full-time student at an accredited institution of undergraduate higher education. Students may apply as seniors in high school or during their college career.
What is the difference between Ouimet Scholars and Ouimet Honorary Scholars?
The difference between Ouimet Scholars and Ouimet Honorary Scholars is very simple. Ouimet Scholars are those students who have gone through the review and interview process, have qualified, and have certified financial need. Ouimet Honorary Scholars have gone through the same rigorous interview process, have qualified, but DO NOT qualify to receive any financial award. Despite not receiving a monetary award, the designation of Ouimet Scholar is a great honor and helps them tap into the vast network of fellow Ouimet Scholars currently in the work force.
How do potential Ouimet Scholars qualify to receive financial aid?
Potential Ouimet Scholars qualify for financial assistance through official financial data profiles (FAFSA/CSS Profile). These forms (the same used by colleges and universities), determine whether a student is eligible for financial aid, and how much financial aid is needed. Very few scholarship organizations have access to this information.
Where does the money for Scholarships come from?
Money for the Ouimet Scholarships comes from many different programs and fundraising initiatives. First, the Bag Tag program is supported by the many golf clubs throughout Massachusetts. This program is the backbone of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and helps to raise over 30% of The Fund’s total revenue per year, 100% of which goes towards Scholarships which are given to club employees/former employees. The Golf Marathon is another major annual fundraiser, which has raised over $5 Million in its 24 years of existence. Another large source of funds is the Annual Banquet, which has honored some of the biggest names in golf for the past 15+ years. The most recent 2017 Banquet honored Nick Price. The Fund’s Centennial Gala featured Arnold Palmer, Peter Jacobsen, Mark Frost, and Bill Paxton, and honored Francis Ouimet with 2,100 attendees. One of our fastest growing initiatives is our Endowed Scholarships, which are established in the name of people or organizations, and are a great way to permanently associate a person or group with golf, education, and the Ouimet Fund. Other major donors contribute through the Ouimet Society, which has over 150 Lifetime Members. These members gather every year to play in golf outings, which raise money for The Fund, and often times collectively create permanently Endowed Scholarships. The Fund is also supported by our Alumni and many other outside outings and fundraisers to which it is greatly appreciative. So many people are involved with the Ouimet Fund to help students achieve their goals.
What are the deadlines for application to become a Ouimet Scholar?
To request an application package, please visit the Application Process page to request an online application or contact The Fund at 774.430.9090. Along with the online application, applicants must submit recommendations from a guidance counselor and three club officials, complete an essay, be interviewed, and submit official grade transcripts and various official (FAFSA & CSS/Profile) financial data.
Where can I purchase Ouimet Fund merchandise?
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