Scottsdale, Ariz. (February 28, 2022) – Troon®, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, is pleased to announce the launch of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion scholarship program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Princess Anne, Maryland. Troon will annually award a $25,000 scholarship to a UMES student enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program or Hospitality Management Program.
The Troon Diversity, Equity & Inclusion scholarship program is committed to providing educational assistance to students from diverse backgrounds seeking to enter the field of hospitality, including Hotel and Restaurant Management, Professional Golf Management, and Turf Sciences.
“Troon is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to grow their love of the game of golf and the endless career opportunities within the industry,” said Kendall Murphy, Director of DEI at Troon. “This new scholarship is more than growing the golf and hospitality industry, it is about providing opportunities to make the industry more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. That is the future of the industry, and this scholarship allows us to facilitate that growth moving forward.”
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship is the work of the University’s Golf Development Council, whose sole purpose is to increase the visibility of UMES’ profound PGM program. UMES is the only historically black college with an accredited undergraduate program for Professional Golf Management. The program partners with the PGA of America, country clubs, and golf courses across the country to provide students with authentic opportunities and experiences to benefit them in the profession and sport.
“The generosity of Troon will go to directly help the mission of our Professional Golf Management Program and that is to produce a diverse and talented group of professionals in the golf industry,” said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. “Our University has made their niche in golf and we are proud that Troon has recognized us and are happy to partner with them on this and future initiatives. I also want to thank Troon, the Development Council here at Maryland Eastern Shore and President Anderson for her trust in me to help steer this initiative that helps lay the foundation for future golf partnerships that will create jobs and opportunities for our students.”
“On behalf of the entire UMES Golf Development Council, I want to personally extend my thanks to Troon and the DE&I Council for their commitment, tireless effort, and collaboration over the last year in making this a reality,” said Anthony G. Stepney, PGA Master Professional Senior Advisor and Chairman of the UMES Golf Development Council. “There is no doubt that this scholarship will make a difference for our students and ultimately the hospitality industry as a whole.”
About UMES Golf Development Council
The UMES Golf Development Council is comprised of leaders in the golf industry, UMES administrators, alumni, and local and regional leaders. The sole purpose of the council is to serve as an advisory board on the progression of the only HBCU undergraduate PGA Golf Management program. This council strives to utilize its network and skills to build the presence of the program in the Golf industry.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 650-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, Casa Verde Golf, and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.