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Lakin golfer Jenna Garcia receives annual scholarship from KGF

Published 5/10/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Lakin High School senior Jenna Garcia is one of five recipients of the Kansas Golf Foundation's Junior Golf Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year.

Garcia, a four-year member of the Lady Broncs' golf team, will receive a $1,250 annual scholarship, which is renewable for each of the four years she attends college.

She was a two-time participant in the Class 3A state golf tournament. Garcia maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average during her high school career and plans to attend Washburn University in Topeka, where she will major in biology.

Garcia has been involved in student council, National Honor Society (vice-president her senior year), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, band, history club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was vice-president of her senior class.

"That's an awesome award," said Kim Lohman, Lakin High School athletic director. "Jenna has always been active in class projects for homecoming, prom and other activities."

In addition to her golf participation, Garcia has excelled as a trumpet player in band and small ensembles at LHS, earning numerous league, regional and state honors.

The KGF's scholarship program began in 2005 and has awarded scholarships to 50 junior golfers who have attended 19 different Kansas colleges.

"Our scholarship is unique because it is a need-based academic scholarship awarded exclusively to young men and women who have played junior golf in Kansas," said Phil Miller, executive director of the KGF. "We know golf teaches important life skills that help young people lead successful lives. This scholarship program helps those junior golfers go to college right here in Kansas."

The Kansas Golf Foundation was founded in 1991 and its mission is to promote the future and preserve the history of golf in Kansas. In addition to the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship program, the Foundation operates the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, honoring men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf or who are distinguished by their outstanding accomplishments as players.

In the past year, the KGF also has undertaken the task of introducing golf to every student in the state through its Golf in Schools initiative. In conjunction with the local PGA Sections, the plan's goal is to bring the game to more than 80,000 students in 28 school districts in Kansas. USD 457 in Garden City approved the program, called SNAG (Start New At Golf) this spring.

Garden City's Sean Thayer is a member of the KGF's Board of Trustees and Meghan Houtsma of Syracuse serves as an advisory director for the foundation.

The other recipients for this year include Jordin Greer of Hoisington (Sterling College); Talis Hughes of Topeka (University of Kansas); Logan Lewis of Grinnell (University of Kansas) and Lexi Pauls of Newton (Bethany College).

Any high school student in Kansas who has participated in organized junior golf may apply for the scholarship, although golf skill is not considered in making the selections. The scholarship is awarded based on academic performance, community service and leadership, financial need, and the student's essay about how her or she has benefitted from the game of golf. Scholars must attemd a Kansas college or university.

More information about the Foundation is available at www.kansasgolf.org/foundation.

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