Each winner earns a $5,000 college scholarship and enjoyed a VIP experience at the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 9, 2019 – Zoila Herrera, Sally Scheuble, Martha Kemp-Nielson and Christine Lauture have been selected as the 2019 winners of the LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarships, which are granted annually through The LPGA Foundation.
Herrera, Scheuble, Kemp-Nielson and Lauture each received a $5,000 college scholarship and were given a VIP 'inside the LPGA' experience at the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Tour Championship, which was played at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., from Nov. 21-24. All four are alumnae of LPGA Leadership Academies, Scheuble and Lauture having attended in 2018, Herrera in 2017 and Kemp-Nielson in 2015.
Herrera plans to study sports management and play golf at Wheeling Jesuit University. She hopes one day to work for a big brand like Nike, Adidas, Callaway or the Golf Channel.
"Thank you so much for the amazing weekend at the CME and thank you to Acer for being the reason why I was able to attend the academy and the CME tournament!" said Herrera. "This scholarship is so meaningful to me because I wouldn't be able to attend and play golf at the amazing school that I am at now. I learned so many things from so many amazing people in the LPGA. From breakfast with Commissioner Mike Whan and lunch with the C-suite women on the Foundation Board to learning and meeting the people that make these LPGA tournaments successful."
Herrera's scholarship was provided by Acer, a global leader in computers, software and technology services.
"It's a privilege to have the opportunity to encourage and support LPGA Leadership Academy scholarship recipients, our future leaders," said Kim Phipps, Senior Director, Global Marketing & Brand for Acer. "Like golf, technology opens doors for young women to learn, evolve and develop valuable skills that will enable them to thrive and lead in the future."
Scheuble will be attending the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire where her goal is to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing before going on to work as a registered nurse. She then plans to return to school and acquire a master's degree as a nurse practitioner.
"Winning the LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarship means the world to me," said Scheuble. "This scholarship allowed me to follow me dream of enrolling in college and starting my path of becoming a nurse practitioner. The VIP experience was also extremely special to me because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an amazing memory I will never forget. I want to thank the Turner Family Foundation for sponsoring me and giving me this amazing opportunity."
Scheuble's scholarship was provided by The Turner Family Foundation, which honors Leslie Corrigan Turner, an avid golfer who made a significant contribution to the Twin Cities community through her lifetime commitment to volunteerism.
"We are so impressed with the leadership, determination and dedication Sally has shown in her life so far, and are delighted to help support her and other young women as they continue to develop their leadership skills and make their mark in the next chapter!" said the Turner Family Foundation.
Kemp-Nielson, who has set her sights on a career in finance and technology after attending Ithaca College in upstate New York, has been sponsored by Christina Zacamy, the incoming Chair of the LPGA Foundation Board for 2020-2021.
"Winning the scholarship and being able to experience the VIP tour of the LPGA means a lot to me," said Kemp-Nielson. "The opportunity to meet with Christina Zacamy, an astute investor, is inspirational to me. It is clear the LPGA Leadership Academy cares about my development and the empowerment of the next generation of women."
Zacamy said: "Martha is a remarkable young woman who inspires those around her with great passion and vision to drive positive change in the world. It is a privilege to support young women as they begin their leadership journeys and to partner with The LPGA Foundation through the LPGA Leadership Academy Program in their commitment to empower and advance a new generation of female leaders."
Lauture, who has been sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, plans to study either architecture or law at the University of North Carolina.
"I would like to thank the Blue Cross Blue Shield for selecting me for the scholarship," said Lauture. "Thanks to this generous scholarship I've been able to dedicate myself 100% to my studies, and not stress about student loans, and use the tools I've learned from the LPGA Leadership Academy to enhance my life every day."
"At Blue Cross NC, we encourage women of all ages to be active, be healthy and to Live Fearless," said Reagan Greene Pruitt, Blue Cross NC Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement. "We are honored to support this scholarship program and the opportunities it will give remarkable women like Christine Lauture who are living the values we admire and respect."
The LPGA Leadership Scholarship, granted to a female high school senior who is pursuing a college education in the United States, is designed to inspire, cultivate and support female undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential as future leaders.