SC State Freshman Among State Farm/PGA Minority Collegiate

Saturday, May 12, 2007

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. – South Carolina State freshman golfer Hector Arroyave was among ten student-athletes awarded $1,000 scholarships by State Farm Insurance during a special ceremony of the 21st PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at the PGA Golf Club.

Each year, student-athletes who are participating in the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship are given the opportunity to apply for the State Farm/PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Program. Ten students were awarded the scholastic scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each last night at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The scholarship money will be donated to the respective universities in the name of the scholarship recipient.

Senior Rick Stewart, a senior from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, is one of five students who were awarded a scholarship for the second consecutive year.

“I am very excited and honored to receive a scholarship again this year,” said Stewart, a PGA Professional Golf Management student who will intern for GolfTEC next year. “The judges awarded me again based on my essay and I am thankful for the scholarship to be donated to New Mexico State University in my name again.”

Rodolfo Gamino of Guadalajara, Mexico, is a junior marketing major at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., who also received a scholarship again this year. The final three multiple-year recipients are the following sophomores: Deztany O’ve Jackson of Fort Washington, Md., a mechanical engineering major at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.; Dustin Thompson of Bloomington, Ill., a marketing and physics major at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.; and Melissa Uriegas of Edinburg, Texas, a biology and chemistry major at University of Texas-Pan American, also in Edinburg.

“State Farm Insurance believes that it is one of the best investments that we can make as an Insurance Company to present the ten scholarships to well deserving students,” said Michael Madlock, Agency Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for State Farm Insurance Companies. “We feel like we have a corporate responsibility to address the educational needs of our young people because in the long term, that will correlate with a very productive citizen which means a lot to the legacy of State Farm.”

Sophomores David Tobon of Medellin, Columbia, and Jared Williams of Lake Charles, La., are participating in their second consecutive PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship after finishing in fourth place in the NAIA Division and in a tie for 42nd place in Division I last year, respectively. Tobon is majoring in business administration at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Fla., while Williams is majoring in majoring in English at Hampton University in Va.

The three remaining scholarship winners are participating in their first Championship. Junior Clarone Mitchener of Chester, Va., is majoring in political science and criminal justice at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va. Sara Young of Jacksonville, Fla., is a sophomore at Florida State University in Tallahassee, majoring in communications and psychology. Lastly, Hector Arroyave, who is from Mexico, is a freshman, majoring in accounting at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.

Twenty-eight students from ten colleges and universities submitted a student questionnaire with their application for the State Farm/PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Scholarship Program. The committee considered the student's Grade Point Average and awarded one scholarship per school represented in the group of applications submitted. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 was considered.

Over 170 contestants from 36 colleges and universities, representing 13 countries comprise the field for the 2007 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. State Farm Insurance and The Golf Channel have combined to produce a one-hour Championship highlight programs, which will air on June 6 at 3:00 P.M. EDT and on June 23 at 4:00 P.M. EDT.

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