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Scholarship Application

The deadline to submit the application is second Saturday in March

The application will provide you with the information needed to apply for a College Scholarship through the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association (MWGEA). The applicant must be a female residing in the state of Missouri. Applicant must be a United States Citizen. Deadline to submit the application is the second Saturday in March each year.

If you have trouble filling out the PDF you may submit the application hand written.


In 1997 The Missouri Women’s Golf Association (In 2017 they merged with the Missouri Golf Association) established the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association, Inc. (MWGEA) as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation. The mission of the MWGEA is to grant scholarships to graduating high school women from Missouri, on one occasion per high school graduate.

The MWGEA encourages club and individual members of the MGA to participate in and contribute to fund raising endeavors.

Scholarships are given in recognition of overall high school records and community service. One of these scholarships has been named in honor of Mary Jane Landreth in recognition of her generous contributions to the MWGEA, Inc. In addition to the MWGEA, Inc. scholarships, the Shepherd Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri donates one or more scholarships to the MWGEA, Inc. These scholarship known as the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarships are awarded by the MWGEA, Inc.

Each year scholarship application forms are available on our website and can be downloaded and printed by each applicant and high school in Missouri. Deadline is 2nd Saturday in March each year.


If you are already receiving a full collegiate scholarship, you are not eligible. The value of the award alone or in combination with other aid, shall not exceed the value of a full grant-in-aid. Disbursement of the scholarship will be made to the college or university for the recipient’s educational expenses when she attends that institution. The choice of institution shall not be restricted by this Association.  All scholarships will be awarded by MWGEA, Inc.

If you have any questions or need assistance call the office at 573.636.8994 or email us at

MWGEA Board Members

Mrs. Debbie Ferguson, Chair

Mrs. Katrina Clarke

Mrs. Julie Monroe

Mrs. Carla Ball

About Susan Shepherd

Susan E. Shepherd’s “I can do” spirit was the basis for her successes throughout her life. During her golf career she was a member of St. Louis Women’s District Golf Association, a club champion, and had a single digit handicap. Her successful business career began at the age of 50 when she was widowed. She was chosen as Missouri’s top woman broker in 1980, and became Vice President of sales at Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. Inc. The company called her their “First Lady,” saying she set a high standard for all women to follow. 

As part of her legacy, she authorized the creation of the Shepherd Foundation. The Shepherd Foundation and the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association, Inc. created the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship which is awarded each year to a female junior athlete entering college.

2023 MWGEA Scholarship Award Recipients

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Tierney Baumstark


  • Missouri State University Golf Commit
  • Conference and District Champion, Girls Golf at Rock Bridge High School
  • 2022 MGA Junior Match Play Champion
  • Rock Bridge High School Rising Bruin Outstanding Scholarship Award
  • MSHSAA Class 4 State Runner-Up
  • All-Conference, All-District, and All-State Honors
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Elle Copple


  • Shepherd Scholar
  • Qualified for MSHSAA State Golf Championship 3 times
  • MSHSAA Class 1 District 3 Champion
  • 2023 Class President
  • National Honor Society President
  • Golf Newcomer of the Year Award
  • Lowest Scoring Average Award
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Peyton Cusick


  • Mary Jane Landreth Scholar
  • Two-time Conference Player of the Year
  • Two-time MSHSAA All-State Medalist
  • National Honor Society
  • Finished in top 15 at MSHSAA State Championships both junior and senior years
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Madalyn Breckenridge


  • Truman State Golf Commit
  • Two-time MSHSAA State Championship Qualifier
  • Two-time Team Conference Champions
  • National Honor Society
  • DECA Vice President
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Kennedy Wrisinger


  • State Fair Community College Golf Commit
  • Three-time MSHSAA State Championship Qualifier
  • All-Conference Honors Two Years
  • All-District Honors
  • National Honor Society
  • Most Valuable Player, Richmond Girls Golf
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Catherine Rhoads


  • Shepherd Scholar
  • Evangel University Golf Commit
  • Class 3 MSHSAA State Team Champions
  • Three-time Conference Champion
  • Two-time District Champion
  • National Honor Society
  • Legal Studies Pathway Ambassador
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Maya Beavers


  • Academic All-Conference Honors Three Years
  • Golf Team Captain Two Years
  • Volunteer with Bright Futures Harrisonville
  • Honor Roll Three Years
  • First Harrisonville Golfer in History to Receive MWGEA Scholarship

2022 MWGEA Scholarship Award Recipients

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Kennedy Dickerson


  • Member of National Honor Society
  • Member of Beta Chi Pi, Science Honors Society
  • Four-time Academic All-Conference
  • Three-time Academic Letter Winner
  • Two-time Golf State qualifier
  • She plans to attend college at North Central Missouri College to continue her education and golf career.
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Lucy Porzenski


  • Three-time Golf State Qualifier
  • Vice President of National Honor Society
  • Student Council member
  • 4.0 GPA
  • She plans on attending the University of Alabama to continue her education.
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Caroline Boyette


  • Member of National Honor Society
  • Student Council member
  • Two-time State Qualifier
  • Top 25 finish at State ’20
  • She plans on attending the University of Missouri- Columbia to continue her education.
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Hannah Bollinger


  • Varsity All-Academic Award
  • First Team All-District
  • First Team All-Conference
  • Two-time 2nd place Conference Individual
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • She plans on attending Saint Louis University to continue her education.
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Eden Shipp


  • Two-time Golf State Qualifier
  • Four-time All-Conference Player
  • Two-time Individual Conference Champion
  • Four year Academic Letter Recipient
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • She will be attending Faulkner University to continue her education and golf career
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Sarah Larkins


  • Top 5% of her graduating class
  • Member of Student Senate & Student Leadership Team
  • Lamp of Learning award winner
  • Two-time All-Conference, All District
  • First place at Districts 2021
  • Two-time Golf State Qualifier
  • She plans to attend Barton College to continue her education and golf career.
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Jenna Clark


  • Two-time State medalist
  • Top Hat Award
  • ’19-’20 Statesmen Service Award
  • 2021 Golf Conference Player of the Year
  • ’20-’21 All-State
  • She plans to attend Maryville University to continue her education and golf career.
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Kiser Pannier


  • 2020 Class 3 Golf State Champion
  • Two-time All-State
  • Holds MSHSAA record for lowest 9-hole score on a par 70 course
  • Three-time Golf team captain
  • Senior Class Vice President
  • DECA Two-time state qualifier
  • She plans to attend Missouri State University to continue her education and golf career.
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Leah Weaver


  • Three-time Golf State qualifier
  • Three-time All-Conference player
  • Two-time All-District player
  • Four-time Academic All-Conference/All-State
  • Student Council President
  • National Honor Society Secretary
  • She plans on attending Rockhurst University to continue her education and golf career.
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Lilli Eichelberger


  • Four year Varsity Golfer
  • All-Conference ’19
  • All-District ’21
  • 12th place at the Golf State tournament, All State ’21
  • Vice President of National Honor Society
  • President of DECA Chapter
  • She plans on attending the University of Arkansas Fayetteville to continue her education.

2021 MWGEA Scholarship Award Recipients

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Kathryn Craighead

Location: Jefferson City


  • Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient
  • Vice President of High School Jr and Sr Year
  • 4-year Scholar athlete award
  • She plans to attend Baylor University in Waco, TX
  • 4.1 GPA
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Drew Nienhaus

Location: St. Albans


  • STEM State Award Winner
  • National Honor Society and Math Honor Society
  • Will graduate with 20+ College Credits
  • She plans to attend Penn State University in University Park, PA
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Shepherd Foundation honors
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Greta Hinds

Location: Jefferson City


  • Jane Landreth Scholarship
  • National Honor Society
  • Perseverance Award Recipient
  • 2020 Heart Star Recipient
  • She plans to attend Rockhurst University in Kansas City
  • 3.9 GPA
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Kassidy Hull

Location: Eldon


  • Shepherd Foundation honors
  • Graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors
  • Scored a 30 on her ACT
  • National Honor Society all four years
  • She plans to attend Lindenwood University in St Charles
  • 4.0 GPA
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Kelsey Hudson

Location: Sedalia


  • Student Council, Class President
  • National Honor Society
  • President’s Award of Academic Excellence
  • She plans to attend Washington University in St Louis
  • 4.1 GPA
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Avila (Ava) Suda

Location: St. Louis


  • Scored a 34 on her ACT
  • President of Orchestra Board
  • Worked with Wash Univ for a research project for antimalarial drug
  • 4.3 GPA
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Katherine Schreiner

Location: Fenton


  • Gold Scholar Athlete
  • National Honor Society
  • Member of Biodiesel Club
  • She plans to attend Valparaiso University in Indiana
  • 4.4 GPA

2019 MWGEA Scholarship Award Recipients

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Jessalyn Shipp

Location: Kansas City


  • Class Valedictorian
  • Member of VEX robotics team
  • 4-year Golf All Conference and All District and two time State Qualifier
  • She plans to attend SD School of Mines and Technology (accelerated master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering)
  • 4.46 GPA

An excerpt from Jessalyn’s Essay:
“I want to be able to help other people get stronger and healthier so that they can do as they please with their lives.”

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Lauren Gallagher

Location: St. Charles


  • State Champions in Golf Junior-Senior year
  • National Honor Society and STEM Scholar
  • She plans to attend Univ of Kentucky (major in Nursing and minor in Spanish)
  • 4.375 GPA

An excerpt from Lauren’s Essay:
“Winning state each time was the best experience of my golf career”

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Olivia Voelker

Location: Frohna, MO


  • Varsity Golf Team and School Ambassador
  • National Honor Society 2017 and 2018
  • She plans to attend Univ of Missouri-Kansas City
  • 4.0 GPA

An excerpt from Olivia’s Essay:
“The opportunities success I have seen from golf has proven to me that hard work really does yield success”

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Werthen Gass

Location: Trenton, MO


  • Grand River Conference Scholar Athlete and GRC Player of the Week
  • March of Dimes Committe Chair and hundreds of hours of community service and fundraising
  • She plans to attend Missouri State Univ.
  • 3.93 GPA

An excerpt from Werthen’s Essay:
“After passing the exam, I hope to work providing legal counsel for a non-profit company that serves children”

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Samantha Cornelius

Location: Hamilton, MO


  • State Golf Medalist 2016-18, Sectional Champion 2018
  • MGA Player of the Year 2017
  • Principal’s Honor Roll 2017 and 2018
  • She plans to attend Johnson and Wales Univ
  • 3.83 GPA

An excerpt from Sam’s Essay:
“The opportunities I have had to play around the Midwest and the friends that I have made thru MGA Junior events are a major part of shaping what I want to do in life.”

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Marissa Jensen

Location: Stanberry, MO


  • Many hours of community service
  • Honor Roll all four years
  • Active in 4-h, FBLA, FCCLA and FAA
  • Student Council President Junior – Senior
  • Plans to attend Univ of Missouri – Columbia
  • 4.0 GPA

An excerpt from Marissa’s Essay:
“I strive to set an example for the children in our community, in hopes to shape their view of what they want to become”

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Olivia Sowers

Location: Columbia, MO


  • Recipient of Varsity Sportsmanship Bruin Cup Award
  • Future member of University of Missouri Golf Team
  • She plans to attend Univ of Missouri and major in Agriculture Business Management with a Minor in Geography
  • 3.34 GPA

An excerpt from Olivia’s Essay:
“From a young age I enjoyed helping others, which instilled a value of service to others in me.”

2018 MWGEA Scholarship Award Recipients

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Lacey Snell


  • Student Council Member for 3 years
  • National Honors Society Member
  • Important Person Award Sophomore, Junior and Senior year
  • 4-year Golf State Qualifier
  • 3.78 GPA

An excerpt from Lacey’s Essay:
“I am dedicated, persistent, and will invest the necessary time and effort to come out on top.”


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Anna Iorio


  • Varsity golf team member for 4 years and captain for 3 of those years
  • 4-year Golf State Qualifier
  • National Honor Society member from 2015-2017
  • 5-time blood driver donor
  • 4.04 GPA

An excerpt from Anna’s Essay:
“I have worked hard throughout my entire high school career to get to lead by example and set myself up for a successful future.”


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Sarah Lewis

Location: St. Charles


  • 4-year State Golf Qualifier
  • Key Club Member for 3 years
  • Gateway PGA Volunteer
  • 3.08 GPA

An excerpt from Sarah’s Essay:
“Throughout my years playing golf I have learned a lot of things that apply to golf but also apply to life. The number one thing is patience. I have the best patience on the course and in the classroom. I am never the person who jumps to conclusions or gives up on anything.”

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Megan Cox


  • 2-year State Golf Qualifier
  • National Honor Society Member from 2016-2018
  • Student Council Class Representative from 2015-2018
  • Several hours of volunteering
  • 3.86 GPA

An excerpt from Megan’s Essay:
“I have had great success as a golfer in high school and would like to have the same amount of success in my career. I am confident with my ability and leaderships skills to know I can leave my mark on other people’s lives.”

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Claire Shadowens


  • Volunteer at several Special Olympics events
  • Executive Vice President of Student Council and Foreign Language Club
  • Started her High School’s first ever golf team
  • Currently ranked 1st of 105 in her class
  • 4.39 GPA

An excerpt from Claire’s Essay:
“My diligence and zeal have enabled me to reach success in both academics and athletics. This has been displayed through my unwavering dedication to the game of golf although my school did not have a girls’ team.”


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Payton Babcock


  • Golf and Softball member for all 4 years of High School
  • Leader of the youth group at her church
  • A+ Program
  • Volunteer for meals on wheels
  • 4.0 GPA

An excerpt from Payton’s Essay:
“I believe in being honest and trustworthy. I strive to honor and respect all people and I hold myself to a high moral standard. I want to be the best example I can be to others; not just in golf, or school, but in my everyday life. To me above all else is integrity.”


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Paige Sanfelippo

Location: Columbia, MO


  • 2-year State Golf Qualifier
  • Key Club Member
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Vice President of the Women in STEM Club
  • 4.0 GPA

An excerpt from Paige’s Essay:

“I am so thrilled to get to continue to use my passion of golf and apply it to the next level.”


This scholarship means the world to me. The MGA and the MWGA have been some of my favorite tournaments to play in for the last few years. Being selected for this scholarship is very meaningful to me. I am excited to continue my golf career and schooling for the next four years. I want to thank all of the workers that work very hard to make all the tournaments run efficiently. I can not thank my family enough because without golf I wouldn’t be where I am today! Sarah Lewis

Dear Missouri Golf Education Association,
Life is full of ups and downs, success and failure, no matter what the circumstance rise above and be who you were created to be. Success or failure doesn’t define who you are, your character does. Have good character and you will always be successful. Payton Babcock

Dear Missouri Women’s Golf Association,
I would like to take this opportunity to express thanks torwards the MWGA for their huge amount of generosity. I cannot be more thankful and honored to be a recipient of the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship. I am beyond appreciative for the award, and it will go a long way in funding my future college golf career at Missouri State University. Getting this scholarship will provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education. The MWGA staff members have always been extremely supportive throughout my junior golf career, and this provides yet another example of how their aid has bettered me in a way that will stick with me beyond the high school level. Once again, I would like to extend my thanks to the scholarship committee and the Missouri Women’s Golf Association.
Sincerely, Lindsey Eisenreich

Dear MWGA,
It was a great surprise and honor to learn that I have been awarded the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship from the MWGA. I would like to personally thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship and all that you have done for the youth in Missouri. This is a tremendous honor, and after reading Ms. Shepherd’s biography, I believe her to to be a tremendous role model for all young girls. I sincerely appreciate the opportunities that have been presented to me by the MWGA and this scholarship program.
Golf has not always been a part of my life, and unlike most young golfers, I did not start at a very young age. I received the chance to learn the game through the Junior Golf program at the Columbia Country Club at the age of twelve. I did not have a great amount of time to develop my skills before I started high school, but this presented a great challenge to reach my goals. Once in high school, I played on the varsity squad for four years and was the captain of our team my senior year. I have a great love for the game and am incredibly grateful for the lessons that I have learned through my golfing experiences.
Although I am not playing golf at the collegiate level, the game will always be important to me. Golf is truly a game that I can play for the rest of my life, and I am excited about continuing to work toward the “perfect” game. Thank you again so much for the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship. I am exremely grateful for your generosity!
Sincerely, Katie Martin

Dear Mr. Shepherd,
I want to personally thank you for the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship that I received this past week through the Missouri Women’s Golf Association. I am extremely honored, thrilled, and grateful for being a recipient of this scholarship! I have read the biography note about Susan E. Shepherd – she was an outstanding woman and role model – fashionable, smart, successful and loved the game of golf — I wish I could have met her.
In a couple of weeks, I will be graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy where I have played four years of varsity golf and been a Captain for the last two years. I have been playing golf with my Dad since I was seven years old at Norwood Hills Country Club. Golf has taught me discipline, patience, and integrity — three principles that will continue to guide me on and off the course in the years ahead.
This fall, I will begin a new chapter in my life–studying pre-med at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and playing for the Women’s Golf Team. Please know that the scholarship will be put to good use to cover book fees and tuition. I cannot thank you enough for this generous scholarship!
Sincerely, Rachel J. Thompson