Tom Nieporte, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tom Nieporte, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Tom Nieporte was the longtime head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club, one of the most prestigious positions in all of golf. Tom succeeded Claude Harmon, the legendary player and instructor, and held the position until his retirement in 2006. His dedication and compassion to helping others was evident throughout his role at Winged Foot. He had a special commitment to helping caddies in pursuing higher education. During his tenure, more than 100 caddies and others who worked in service to golf at Winged Foot received scholarships to attend college. Tom passed away on December 21, 2014 and he is missed dearly by everyone privileged to know him.  In keeping with Tom’s love of golf and caddieing, the Nieporte family established the Tom Nieporte, Sr. Memorial Scholarship in 2015 to be awarded to outstanding Winged Foot Golf Club caddies. The first awards were granted in the 2017/18 school year. Award Guidelines:

  • Will be awarded for first time in 17/18 school year
  • Is awarded in addition to the MGA Caddie Scholarship for undergraduate study
  • Criteria include exceptional need and service to golf at Winged Foot GC
  • Total scholarship will be up to $14,000 per recipient
  • Scholarship will be a tiered award as follows:
    • Freshman: $2,000
    • Sophomore: $3,000
    • Junior: $4,000
    • Senior: $5,000
  • Students may apply at any point during their college career; will receive award as indicated above based on equivalent year of study.
  • As long as recipient remains in good standing at school and provides annual update to CSF, student will receive ongoing awards.

Application Process All MGA Caddie Scholars from Winged Foot Golf Club are invited to apply for the Tom Nieporte, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. As requested by the Nieporte Family, students must first watch the Biomentary Production entitled Tom Nieporte, a two-part video hosted on YouTube and found here: Part 1 | Part 2 Upon watching the video, applicants must submit a short essay (1-2 pages), in response to the following question: After watching the video, what impacted you that you will remember and take with you as you embark on your college career and other life endeavors? Final selection will be based on this essay and overall need.

Scholarship Recipients

Freddy Velasquez
Brooklyn College