The culmination of our work is the Pro Kids scholarship program. With more than $2 million in awards to 171 scholars to date, it reflects our founding vision: “Golf is the hook; education is the payoff.” Most of our scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education and have limited support at home. We bridge the gap in two ways: through adult mentors, who provide guidance to our aspiring students, and through academic scholarships. Students complete a rigorous application for this selective program. By offering renewable awards to scholars attending community colleges, vocational schools, four-year universities, and graduate schools, we extend Pro Kids’ reach, supporting our members through college and beyond.
Pro Kids scholars attend schools such as UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Stanford, SDSU, USC, Harvard, and Mount Holyoke College.
To be eligible for a Pro Kids Scholarship:
- Applicants must have been an active Pro Kids member in junior and senior years of high school.
- New applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants must be planning to attend an institute of higher education (a two or four-year accredited college, university, or vocational school).
- Applicants must attend school as a full-time student (Undergraduate full-time = 12 earned units or more per quarter/semester).
- Applicants must be worthy students who have distinguished themselves personally and scholastically.
- Renewal applicants must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Renewal applicants must complete 20 hours of community service by July 31, 2016 to comply with the conditions of the existing Pro Kids scholarship.
Quan Bui joined Pro Kids in 2001 when the program was still being operated out of the double wide trailer. Eleven years later, he graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in chemistry and started his dream of becoming a doctor. Quan recently graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He credits the game of golf and Pro Kids with equipping him with the core values (like fortitude!) that he needed to succeed. Quan hopes to practice cardiology in San Diego. He began his internal medicine residency at UCSD this past spring.