Scholarship Golf Tournament Aims to Score More for Academics
Free Practice Session for Students, Faculty, Staff Set for Today; Panera Bread Fundraiser Also to Support Event

UT Dallas Golf Tournament

Over the years, tournament proceeds have raised the market value of the Academic Bridge Program, the Betty and Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholarship and the Patti Henry Pinch Scholarship to more than $520,000.

The 23rd Annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 29, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland.

The tournament benefits the Academic Bridge Program, the Betty and Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholarship and the Patti Henry Pinch Scholarship. Funds raised by the tournament assist undergraduates with their educational expenses, allow graduate students to attend and present projects at national conferences, and help students with the transition from high school to a university setting.

“The Office of Administration is honored to host this tournament because of the extremely valuable impact it has on our students and their academic careers,” said Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for administration. “With more than 200 golfers in attendance annually, this event has become a great opportunity to bring the community together for a very worthwhile cause.”

Over the years, tournament proceeds have raised the market value of these three endowments to more than $520,000. Last year, the tournament donated $50,000 to Academic Bridge, which provides advising, mentoring and tutoring support to first-generation college students.

Hailemeskel Lakew

Hailemeskel Lakew

“The Academic Bridge Program has enabled me to become entirely immersed into the college atmosphere and lifestyle,” said Hailemeskel Lakew, a junior studying computer science. “It has enabled me to become involved in campus organizations, make connections for the future and sharpen my focus on my education. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to go to college and pursue my dreams.”

Ashley Ellsworth, a chemistry PhD student and recipient of the Betty and Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholarship, credits it with helping her further her research and career.

Ashley Ellsworth

Ashley Ellsworth

“This scholarship allowed me to travel to a scientific conference, network with fellow scientists and share my recent findings with the scientific community,” she said. “The experience was incredibly valuable, and I would not have been able to attend the conference without this assistance. I was able to receive feedback on my current research findings, gain insight into new ideas that will help facilitate my research efforts, network with various companies and establish potential career opportunities.”

This year, tournament organizers are introducing a new way to help raise funds for student scholarships so those who are unable to attend the event can still contribute.

On Thursday, April 14, there will be a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. at Panera Bread, 730 E. Campbell Road, Suite 300 in Richardson. By presenting the official UT Dallas Student Scholarship fundraiser flier in print or electronic form when you order, Panera Bread will donate a portion of all sales during this time frame to the tournament's fundraising efforts.


Registration, Practice Information

The tournament is filling up quickly, but there are still opportunities to register or to make a one-time donation or sponsorship. Please visit, or contact the Office of Administration at 972-883-2213 or [email protected] for more information.

The Practice Tee will host UT Dallas Day, where students, faculty and staff and their families will be able to enjoy free pizza, drinks and the use of the facility’s putting green, par-3 course and driving range. The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 3570 Waterview Parkway in Richardson. The Practice Tee also sponsors the McDermott Scholars Golf Program to give students the opportunity to learn golf rules and etiquette. 

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].