KitchenAid Senior PGA Champions for Change Scholarship funded through 2029

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Wednesday morning at Harbor Shores, during the annual Host Communities Breakfast at the 2024 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the PGA of America and Whirlpool Corporation announced the Jack and Barbara Nicklaus KitchenAid Senior PGA Champions for Change Scholarship Program will be funded until 2029.

The group is donating $150,000 to continue funding scholarships that support Lake Michigan College students furthering their education.

Officials say the scholarships are part of Lake Michigan College’s “Start to Finish” program which provides support to college students.

Funds are given to a Benton Harbor community member who has graduated with an associate degree from Lake Michigan College.

Officials say since 2018, the scholarship has provided $25,000 annually to LMC students who are continuing with a bachelor's or technical degree.

“We are so proud of our 13-year partnership with the PGA of America and all that we’ve accomplished together, especially in our community,” said Pam Klyn, executive vice president of corporate relations and sustainability for Whirlpool Corporation. “Even though this is the final year of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship here at Harbor Shores, we know this scholarship has a big impact and we are thrilled it will be continued through 2029 in order to help future leaders in our community achieve their academic dreams.”

The PGA of America and Whirlpool Corporation also presented $10,000 to The First Tee of Benton Harbor resulting from the the two Pro-Ams that were conducted at Harbor Shores on Tuesday, May 21.

“The PGA of America has immense pride in the impact this Championship has had on the local community,” said Brandon Haney, championship director for the 2024 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. “At this morning’s breakfast, and over the years, we’ve also made significant contributions to important organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, The First Tee of Benton Harbor, Benton Harbor Promise, The Benton Harbor High School Athletic Dept and other youth organizations like the Curious Kids Museum and the YMCA of Greater Michiana.”

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