The Platt Caddie Scholarship Endowment Program has been initiated to further secure the future stability of
the Scholarship. Endowed scholarships are permanently restricted funds that are invested to ensure the existence
of the scholarship in perpetuity. Our endowment program offers the donor the ability to tailor the gift and the
resulting named award to suit personal philanthropic goals. It is a minimum $50,000 level of giving.
A unique quality of the Platt Endowment Program is that it permanently links the donor, honoree or sponsoring
organization with golf, J. Wood Platt, youth and education. Every year the Scholarship is thrilled to communicate
with the donors and/or honorees to inform them about the student(s) who receive the Scholarship and what
makes him or her a worthy recipient. The Scholarship often hears of the satisfaction donors feel knowing they
made a difference in a young student’s life. The award recipients often send letters of gratitude to the benefactors
letting those individuals know how important their support has been.
There are currently seventeen fully-funded endowments. The recipients of these endowments are recognized at the annual brunch every December. The 2017-18 Endowed Platt Scholars, some of whom are pictured above, are:
BMW Endowed Scholarship
Vincent Lucchesi, Merion Golf Club, Penn State University
Given to a recipient of the Platt Evans Scholarship
Michael Brown Endowed Scholarship
Brian Degraw, Philmont Country Club, Temple University
Given to a caddie who attends Temple University
Charles & Barbara Close Endowed Scholarship
Edward Wiernicki, Cedarbrook Country Club, Penn State University
Given to a caddie who works at Cedarbook.
Frank & Margery Cooper Endowed Scholarship
Nicholas Arechabala, Merion Golf Club, Drexel University
Given to a caddie who works at either Merion or Stonewall.
Tom Fazio Endowed Scholarship
Samuel Dalton, Chester Valley Golf Club, Florida Gulf Coast University
Established by the membership at Pine Valley Golf Club in honor of one of golf’s leading architects and a Philadelphia-area native, it is given to a caddie who shows a financial need and wishes to enter the golf business full-time after college.
GAP Presidential Scholarship
Katie Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Temple University
Given to the senior Platt Scholar with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Arthur J. Kania Endowed Scholarship
Liam Reeves, Philadelphia Cricket Club, University of Scranton
Given to a caddie who attends Villanova University or the University of Scranton.
Brian P. Kelly Endowed Scholarship
Connall Mulligan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Villanova University
Given to a caddie who works at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
Bill & Judi Leonard Endowed Scholarship
Ryan Naylor, Stonewall, Slippery Rock University
Given to a caddie who works at Stonewall.
John E. Poole Endowed Scholarship
Andrew Hogan, Chester Valley Golf Club, Penn State University
Given to a caddie who works at Chester Valley Golf Club.
Leon Prince Endowed Scholarship
David Spencer, The Springhaven Club, Penn State University
Given to a high-performing Business major
William T. Walsh Endowed Scholarship
Alex Vicente, Philadelphia Country Club, Rutgers-Camden Unviersity
Given to a caddie who works at Philadelphia Country Club
Jonathan Pierpont Warner Endowed Scholarship
Brendan Duffy, Aronimink Golf Club, Boston College
Given to a caddie who works at Aronimink, Merion, or Saucon Valley.
In addition, there are four other endowments who are scheduled to have their first recipient in 2018-19:
-- The James Coleman Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a caddie who works at Rolling Green Golf Club
-- The Sam & Dena Lombardo/Benecon Group Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a caddie who works at either Bent Creek Country Club, Lancaster Country Club, or Stonewall
-- The Patrick F. Ryan Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a caddie who works at either Gulph Mills Golf Club or Waynesborough Country Club
-- The Edward Slevin Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a caddie who attends the University of St. Andrews
Click on this link to download an information packet on the J. Wood Platt Endowed Scholarship Program.