Scholarships awarded to two high-school graduates
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, August 11, 2014 – The LPGA Foundation announced today the two high-school graduates selected to receive this year’s Dinah Shore and Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarships.
Both candidates have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, leadership skills and active involvement and service to her community while also fulfilling specific requirements for each scholarship award.
Dinah Shore Scholarship Callan Loflin, a graduate of South Davidson High School in Denton, N.C., is this year’s Dinah Shore Scholarship recipient. The $5,000 scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late Dinah Shore, a Hollywood legend and honorary member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The annual Dinah Shore Scholarship is awarded to a female high-school senior who will attend college, but not play collegiate golf.
Loflin, who graduated with awards, including an AP Scholar award; Coaches Award – Varsity Golf; Most Valuable Runner – Varsity Cross Country; and Miss Wildcat, was also the president of the National Honor Society, HOSA, and VP of Sigma Alpha Gamma. As if she isn’t busy enough, she is also a paid actress at the longest running dinner theatre in the country: the Barn.
After a traumatic family burn incident, Loflin started a golf tournament to benefit the charitable fund at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital’s Burn Unit. To date, she has raised over $25,000 for the fund. With her passion lying in the medical field, specifically burn trauma, Loflin will attend Duke University in the fall to pursue a degree in Biology, minor in Public Health, and then continue on to medical school to become a burn trauma surgeon.
Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Established in 2006, the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship awards $1,250 to a female high school senior from a minority background who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States. Bria Sanders, whose accomplishments far exceeded the requirements of this scholarship, is this year’s recipient.
Sanders is a 2014 graduate of Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., where she has earned the School Service Award, Tennessee Youth Achievement Award, and National Honor Society award. Those are just the awards she has won academically. Outside of school, Sanders has been playing golf since the age of three. With persistence and drive, she has received the TN Youth Achievement Award, Player of the Year Award from the TGA and USJGT junior tours, and the Golf Digest Scholar Award. Sanders, who will be pursuing a career in fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Coco Chanel, Dior and designers who have significantly impacted the fashion industry.
The namesake of the scholarship, the late Phyllis G. Meekins, became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals in 1981, was inducted into the National African American Golfers Hall of Fame in 1984 and was nominated for the 1993 LPGA Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized by the National Golf Foundation (NGF) with the NGF Outstanding Service Award.
Topics: LPGA Foundation