Financial Assistance

William A. Mitchell

The William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program was formed in honor of this wonderful 30-year member of the PGA. The financial assistance is made available to assist golf professionals early in their careers with the expenses of PGA schooling. William A. Mitchell was a staunch advocate of the PGA, for he was PGA educated, PGA trained, and he achieved the promise of the PGA.


Applications must be returned to the Metropolitan PGA by September 5th, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please read the entire document thoroughly, including the program description and general instructions for filling out the application.

  • The applicant must be working full-time at a golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA golf professional.
  • Please direct any questions to Jeff Voorheis at or call (914) 347-2325.
About William A. Mitchell

One of the most popular and most decorated members of the Met Section prior to his untimely death in 1997, this former Met PGA President was responsible for the Section’s successful travel events to a variety of venues in the US and internationally. Mitchell was universally loved and was a fixture at PGA National Meetings and one of the Section’s most effective delegates. He was instrumental in the development of the Playing Ability test and National PGA Junior Championship. He served on the PGA’s Board of Control as well as on a number of committees and task forces. Billy was twice the Met PGA’s Professional of the Year (’79 and ’83) and twice the Strausbaugh recipient (’81 & ’82) before winning the National Award in 1996 when he was renominated for that honor the fifth time. He was also selected as the 1996 recipient of the Sam Snead Award for his contributions to golf, the PGA and the Met Section.

I. Purpose

The purpose of the William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education programs offered by the PGA.

III. Scholarship

The William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program is designed to award financial assistance to an applicant(s) who has met the required guidelines. The amount of financial assistance is determined by the availability of funds. Special financial assistance may be awarded based on the availability of funds and discretion of the financial assistance committee.

  • A candidate must have served a minimum of two consecutive seasons in service at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional.
  • A candidate must currently be employed at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional.
  • A candidate must establish a financial need.
  • A candidate must be enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.
  • A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the PGA and dedication to becoming a PGA professional.
  • Financial assistance is available only for courses to be attended during calendar year 2023.
II. Eligibility

Applicants for the William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program must have worked a minimum of two consecutive seasons at a PGA approved golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional, currently be working full-time at a golf facility under the tutelage of a PGA professional, be enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, and scheduled to attend a PGA sponsored Checkpoint or related PGA Professional Golf Management Program during 2023.

Applicants must complete and submit the application online. The William Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program Committee will review the applications and choose the candidate(s) based on need and desire to receive financial assistance for a PGA education. The financial assistance recipient(s) will be announced at the “The Mitch” Pro-Am at Innis Arden Golf Club. Recipients are encouraged to attend and to participate in the Pro Am but those not in attendance will be notified by email. Additionally, the recipient(s) will be recognized at an upcoming PGA Section meeting.

IV. Selection of Winners

Financial assistance recipients will be selected based on the following competitive basis by using a combination of criteria: Financial Need, References & Essay

PGA Professional Grant Program

The Met PGA Foundation issues grants up to $5,000 to programs that align with our mission statement to promote the goodwill and growth of the game of golf by positively impacting the lives of junior golfers, veterans, and those who are underserved by the game. Programs that align with our mission and expand the reach of our Foundation will receive the strongest consideration.


    The grant application must be submitted by a Met PGA Class A Member in good standing who is responsible for the operations of the program seeking support.

    Application Process

    Submission Date: Applications are accepted year-round

    Before beginning the Online Grant Application, please have the following information:

    • Projected itemized budget for golf program
    • Supporting materials explaining the program’s purpose and impact in the community
    • List of Board of Directors or leaders for your golf program
    Evaluation Criteria

    We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 10 days via email. The Foundation Board reviews all grant requests and written correspondence will occur within 45 days of original application receipt.

     Review Process

    • What is the program’s degree of potential benefit to the community?
    • Does the program have clearly defined goals, action plans, and measurable outcomes?
    • Will the grant award be used efficiently?
    • Has the applicant ever contributed to the Met PGA Foundation’s fundraising efforts?
    Conditions of Acceptance

    There are mandatory criteria a member accepting a grant from the Foundation must satisfy. Our Foundation is proud to help grow the game of golf through Metropolitan Section Professionals, but to ensure the future success of the Foundation, the below requirements must be met. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the forfeiture of all funds received and preclusion from future application submissions.

    • The Foundation logo should be displayed in conjunction with all program marketing Tag lines such as “Supported by” should be used alongside the Foundation logo.
    • If your program has additional supporting partners, we must be made aware of those relationships prior to grant award.
    • An end of program report must be Report should outline the dates and times of the program, target audience, number of participants, any local media exposure, financial breakdown of the program, and samples of any marketing materials used.
    • Provide a minimum of 5 high resolution photographs for use promoting the foundation and its programs.