In an effort to assist an exceptional student and lessen the financial burden of attending college, the South Florida PGA Foundation has awarded its third SFPGA Foundation Scholarship to Natalia Jimenez from Pembroke Pines.
The SFPGA Foundation Scholarship was created in 2018 and annually provides one local student with a four-year, $20,000 scholarship to assist with their college education, receiving $5,000 increments over the course of four years.
A former South Florida PGA Junior Tour player, Jimenez graduated from Archbishop McCarthy High School and is headed to Rollins College where she will compete on the Women’s Golf Team and major in Psychology while minoring in Business this fall.
“The moment I heard the news over the phone I was speechless,” said Jimenez. “[I was] overwhelmed with happiness and couldn't believe I was granted this incredible opportunity. My heart could not stop beating and I did a celebratory dance”
Jimenez is the third recipient of the SFPGA Foundation Scholarship and was awarded the honor for her work both in and out of the classroom. Insurmountable volunteer hours, academic achievements, leadership positions and a passionate understanding of how the game of golf can change lives made Jimenez the choice to serve as a representative of the South Florida PGA Foundation.
“Natalia is a very strong individual, outgoing with a very energetic personality,” said Tom Wildenhaus, PGA, the President of the South Florida PGA Foundation. “She has accomplished some great things in high school and has big ideas for her future.”
Wildenhaus found Jimenez to be very inclusive and philanthropic with her time to help others, aligning with the mission and values of the South Florida PGA Foundation.
With the help of the SFPGA Foundation, Jimenez is looking forward to furthering her education to obtain the skills necessary to make a positive impact on society.
“I feel that the connections we make with the people we surround ourselves with in college are the foundation for our future businesses and relationships,” Jimenez explained. “I am also excited to be part of the Rollins Women's Golf Team and competing in the collegiate field.”
About the South Florida PGA Foundation
The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education, scholarships and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization of over 1,850 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the game of golf.