|The Trust will begin taking applications for 2017-18 scholarships on Sept. 1, 2016|
Platt Caddie Scholarships are based on financial need. Current monetary awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year for both undergraduate and graduate students.
If it is determined that an applicant has no financial need, they will be admitted as an Honorary Caddie-Scholar.
The mission of the Scholarship is to meet the financial need of all applicants while at the same time preserving one of the great traditions of the game. The Trust encourages all caddies to apply.
To apply, you must be a senior in high school, of already enrolled in college, be academically qualified, and be currently serving as a caddie at a Member Club of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (minimum of one full season of caddying required).
Benefits of being a Platt Caddie-Scholar include:
- Using more than 130 mentors in the Caddie Contacts Program
- Attending the Annual Career Workshop
- Attending the Annual Caddie Brunch
- Listing the Platt Caddie Scholarship on a résumé or job application
- Becoming a member of the Platt Alumni Association
- Recognition for being a caddie
The step-by-step process in applying for a J. Wood Platt Scholarship:
1. Caddie at a club for a minimum of one season (two full seasons preferred). Your caddying record will be verified with your club’s caddiemaster.
2. Complete the J. Wood Platt scholarship application, which you can find a link to below. This must be completed by Nov. 30.
3. Upon filling out the application, download the form for club recommendations. Have this completed by your club, and submit to the Platt offices by Dec. 31.
4. If you are still in high school, provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, along with a copy of your current high school transcript (through the end of your junior year). If you are already in college, provide your current college transcript instead of your high school transcript (a letter of recommendation is not necessary). These must be received by Dec. 31.
5. Obtain a copy of your Student Aid Report, or FAFSA, which must include your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) score. You can access this here beginning Oct. 1. The Platt offices must also receive this by Dec. 31.
6. Schedule and attend an interview with members of the Platt’s Board of Trustees and the Platt Scholarship Director. These will be held in March 2017.
7. Obtain a copy of what is commonly referred to as your School Award Letter and send it to the Platt offices. This is a listing of all grants, loans, and scholarships that you will receive in your upcoming college academic year. You can contact the Financial Aid department of the college or university you are attending, or will be attending, for a copy. This form must be received by the Platt offices by June 1, 2017.
8. The Platt will announce its grants for 2017-18 in late June. You will receive a letter from the Platt, mailed to your home address. Your college or university will then receive notice from the Platt, along with payment of your fall semester grant. Your spring semester grant will be sent to your college or university in early Jan. 2018.
Click here to begin the application.
J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship
Sponsored by the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Platt Caddie Scholarship was established in 1958. It was named in honor of Philadelphia’s premier golfer of the era. Not only was Mr. Platt an accomplished player, but he was also the Scholarship’s co-founder and first contributor. The mission, which has remained constant since its inception, is to financially aid deserving caddies in their pursuit of higher education. In the last 57 years, 3,400 young men and women have received $19 million in aid. In the 2015-16 academic year, 196 caddies received more than $1.1 million in scholarships.