Al Hoffman Scholarship Program Overview

The Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City (JGFKC) is dedicated to making golf more accessible and more affordable to all boys and girls in the Greater Kansas City area. Because golf is more than just a game, our programs are designed, not only to teach the mechanics of the golf swing, but develop the Life Skills that are inherently imparted through golf’s rules and etiquette.

Who was Al Hoffman?

Al Hoffman founded what would become the Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City in 1987 along with four friends.  Mr. Hoffman was the driving force behind the development of the Foundation and our affiliation with The First Tee.  He recruited Tom Watson to serve as the President of our Advisory Board.  He spearheaded the development of Kansas City’s first junior golf course at the Heart of America Golf Course and Academy.  Mr. Hoffman believed that golf was the perfect vehicle for character education and created an organization for young people to learn valuable Life Skills while learning to play the game of a lifetime. 

Purpose of the Al Hoffman Scholarship

The scholarship was created to help a participant achieve their dreams of going to college. Scholarship winners must be active in The First Tee, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 and show financial need. Although financial need is not the only consideration when awarding the scholarship, it is a very important component of the application.

The scholarship committee decides annually how many scholarships to award. Generally, only one scholarship is awarded each year.

Al Hoffman Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant must submit an application that meets the following requirements to be eligible to apply for an Al Hoffman Scholarship.


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in core curriculum (history, math, social studies, science)
  • Provide a current school transcript

Character/volunteer activities

  • Involvement in Chapter activities such as mentoring with younger students or volunteering at The First Tee.
  • Character reflects The First Tee Nine Core Values
  • Leadership role in community activities and/or school activities

The First Tee Participation

  • Active in The First Tee program at the time of application
  • Enrollment in The First Tee Program for at least two years
  • Minimum certification level of Birdie Level
  • Completion of Al Hoffman Scholarship application and submission of all components postmarked by April 10, 2018

Letters of Recommendation

  • A coach of The First Tee
  • High School Guidance Counselor or Teacher or another administrator
  • Employer (if applicable)
  • Other non-familial character references

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Please include a digital copy of page 1 including your FAFSA SAR (Student Aid Report) showing your name and address as verification and your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) rating. The scholarship committee uses this form as part of their financial review. Applicants are also given an opportunity to rebutt the results of their FAFSA in their application. Please understand that we realize this may not give a full and complete picture for the committee, but the decisions are based on the information included the application.