Duke's Supports Local Junior Golfers with $1,000 Scholarship
Inspired by his own experiences as a young professional golfer, Duke’s co-owner John Moscrip started a scholarship program for local youth in 2015. “I am honored to support young men and women golfers who have both an enthusiasm and excitement for the sport as well as a passion and sincere desire to succeed,” says Moscrip.
Golf was a big part of Moscrip’s youth. He started in the junior golf program at age 10, played in high school and earned top honors on the varsity team at the University of Washington. After college, he moved on to play professionally. “Golf is a difficult game, but I think the rewards are worth it. I want more kids to be able to access the sport.”
Duke’s receives a handful of applications for the $1,000 scholarship, awarded quarterly. “It’s tough to choose just one,” says Moscrip. “There are so many hard-working kids out there.” While the scholarship can be used for any purpose, it’s Moscrip’s intent to help offset the high cost of pursuing a lifelong interest in golf. In the three years since the scholarship was founded, Duke’s has awarded more than $12,000 to deserving boys and girls throughout the Puget Sound region.
Each quarter, the winner is featured in Cascade Golfer magazine. “I know John and us both have received a lot of terrific feedback on the scholarship,” says editor Brian Beaky.
Supporting kids in sports is important to Moscrip. “I owe many of the skills that I apply in my everyday work to my experience as a junior golfer: etiquette, discipline, respect, motivation, and confidence, both on and off the course.” He also says that golf was a great way to find his tribe. “Many of my friendships have lasted to this very day.”
The Duke’s Junior Golfer Scholarship applications are accepted year-round. For any interested junior golfer, or parent or coach who wants to nominate a candidate, go to CascadeGolfer.com.