Minnesota Golf Association

Two MN Youth on Course Seniors Win College Scholarships

May 1, 2020

East Metro high school seniors Taylor Gonsalez (Henry Sibley) and Jack Traxler (Cretin-Derham Hall) were awarded scholarships the National Youth on Course program announced April 29.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – has announced its 2020 scholarship awards granting over $252,000 in scholarships to 19 high school graduates, continuing its commitment to providing youth with access to life-changing opportunities on and off the course.

Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, 260 Youth on Course members have been awarded with scholarships totaling close to $2 million in financial support. The current scholarship retention rate is ninety-three percent.

The 2020 recipients include seven first-generation college students and will be attending the country’s most prestigious universities including University of Chicago, Columbia University, University of Michigan, UCLA and Wake Forest University, among others. The average GPA of this year’s winners is 4.06. 


Benjamin Ainley-Zoll (Sacramento, Calif.), Royal Holloway, University of London

Intended Major: Cyber security
Angelica Antonio (Benicia, Calif.), Dominican University

Intended Major: Physical Therapy
Alex Cheriel (Portland, Oreg.), Swarthmore College

Intended Major: Mathematics/Statistics
Kailea Fogleman (Oakdale, Calif.), University of Nevada Reno

Intended Major: Biology
Rosalinda Frick (Etna, Calif.), Chico State University

Intended Major: Political Science
Taylor Gonsalez (West St. Paul, Minn.), Columbia University

Intended Major: Finance

Hannah Lee (Vacaville, Calif.), UC Davis

Intended Major: Bio-Medical Engineering
Kenneth Maldonado (Overland Park, Kan.), Kansas State University

Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering

Allison McInnis (Kennesaw, Ga.), Wake Forest University

Intended Major: International Economics
Nathanael Mertz (Albuquerque, N.M.), Wake Forest University

Intended Major: Pre-Med & History
Josseline Garcia Morales (Fresno, Calif.), The Masters University

Intended Major: Biology
Kierra Oyler (Spanish Fork, Utah), Brigham Young University

Intended Major: Applied Mathematics

Jalyn Robinson (Vacaville, Calif.), Prairie View A&M University

Intended Major: Bio-Medical Engineering
David Santos (Chicago, Ill.), University of Dayton or University of Illinois

Intended Major: Engineering

Edward Shen (Ann Arbor, Mich.), University of Michigan

Intended Major: Economics
Quincy Spitzer (Victor, Idaho), UCLA

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering
John (Jack) Traxler (Saint Paul, Minn.), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intended Major: Science and Math
Sa’mya Wilson (Oakland, Calif.), Smith College

Intended Major: Undecided

Isaac Yang (Carmichael, Calif.), University of California Santa Barbara

Intended Major: Applied Mathematics

We know how challenging the financial burden is for students pursuing higher education. Every year, our scholarships are sought out by more than 1,000 Youth on Course members who are intelligent, talented and want to continue pursuing their dreams in college, but they’re worried about the cost,” says Michael Lowe, Vice President of Programs for Youth on Course. “We, along with our scholarship donors, take pride in doing what we can to help alleviate the burden for these outstanding students and their families. The 2020 class of Youth on Course Scholars is made up of some of the brightest and most caring students in the country. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future.”

Born out of the Northern California Golf Association in 2006, Youth on Course subsidizes greens fees to remove cost as a barrier to entry for potential lifetime golfers. Operating in 37 states and Canada, more than 71,000 members have played close to one million rounds of golf while the organization has helped generate over $6.8 million in tee-time revenue back to individual golf courses. In addition to subsidizing youth golf rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program.

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