USGA and Chevron Announce STEM Scholarship Program

FAR HILLS, NJ Feb. 20, 2014 – In a demonstration of their ongoing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chevron announced a new scholarship program for qualified high school seniors who are pursuing college careers in STEM disciplines.

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)

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)

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

USGA-Chevron-Logo“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:


About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

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About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at