McLendon Minority
Leadership Initiative

The John Shippen, Jr. Achievement Scholarship

THE JOHN SHIPPEN INVITATIONAL & Sports Business Summit aims to create opportunities in golf for black men and women, to ensure his story is told and preserve his legacy, which is not just one of Black History, but American.

The John Shippen Jr. Achievement Scholarship was created in honor of the world’s unsung golf hero John Shippen Jr.  This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to current students of color (High School Junior – Graduate Student Status) who encourages diversity and show exemplary leadership and service on campus and in their community.

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Who is John Shippen Jr.?

John Shippen, Jr. was not only the first Black golf professional; he was the first American born golf professional, breaking societal and racial barriers through opportunities the game of golf presented him. ​

Shippen was introduced to golf in 1894 when a 12-hole golf course, later expanded to 18 holes, was built near the Indian reservation in Shinnecock Hills (Long Island, New York).  Willie Dunn, a Scottish golfer and owner of the golf course, taught some of the local youth, including John Shippen Jr., who became one of his best students.  At the age of 16, he worked full-time at the famed Shinnecock Hills Golf Club as a caddy, an instructor, and as part of the maintenance crew.   ​

Opportunity arose when Shinnecock Hills Golf Club hosted the 2nd U.S. Open in 1896. As one of the club’s best players, Shinnecock Hills voted John and his friend Oscar Bunn, of Native American descent, to play in the event. USGA President Theodore Havemeyer stood against backlash of written protests from fellow competitors and demonstrated allyship.​

John’s participation and prowess in the game of golf paved the way for all golfers today who stand on his shoulders.

Eligibility Requirements

Background Requirements

Must identify as one of the following: Black (Not of Hispanic origin) – All persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. Hispanic...

Must identify as one of the following:

  • Black (Not of Hispanic origin) – All persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
  • Hispanic – All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race.
  • Asian or Pacific Islander – All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands and Samoa.
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native – All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

GPA & Major

GPA Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent Major Majoring in business, entertainment, or a sports related field

  • GPA
    • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent
  • Major
    • Majoring in business, entertainment, or a sports related field

Letter of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation Highlight community service commitment Letter should be from a non-family member

Letter of Recommendation

  • Highlight community service commitment
  • Letter should be from a non-family member

Essay or Video

Submit 250 word essay OR submit a short 60 – 90 second creative video showcasing your personal story PLEASE SELECT ONE (1) of the following prompts: Please...

Submit 250 word essay OR submit a short 60 – 90 second creative video showcasing your personal story

PLEASE SELECT ONE (1) of the following prompts:
  1. Please describe your leadership activities and commitment to service within your community through the vehicle of sports; including specifically how those activities have encouraged or supported diversity.
  2. Please describe how John Shippen Jr.’s legacy has inspired you to obtain a career in sports & entertainment.
  3. Tell us a time you served as a pioneer (the first) in creating something you are interested in?
  4. Tell us how you imagine transforming your personal and professional passion(s) into your future career?
  5. When you think about the word “legacy”, what do you want your legacy to be?


Please submit 250 word essay OR submit a short 60 - 90 second creative video showcasing your personal story.

PLEASE SELECT ONE (1) of the following prompts:
  1. Please describe your leadership activities and commitment to service within your community through the vehicle of sports; including specifically how those activities have encouraged or supported diversity.
  2. Please describe how John Shippen Jr.’s legacy has inspired you to obtain a career in sports & entertainment.
  3. Tell us a time you served as a pioneer (the first) in creating something you are interested in?
  4. Tell us how you imagine transforming your personal and professional passion(s) into your future career?
  5. When you think about the word “legacy”, what do you want your legacy to be?

Questions?

For questions, contact:

Adrien Harraway
email: aharraway@nacda.com