President’s Report 2021
By Glenn Walton
McDonough Supporters and Scholars,
Thank you for your financial support of the McDonough Foundation in 2021. We could not have provided scholarships to eighty-seven students this past year without the generous donations from golfers around New Hampshire. I am pleased to report that the McDonough Foundation was able to again overcome the obstacles associated with Covid-19 to continue our mission of providing undergraduate scholarships to these worthy young people.
In February, we rolled out our new and improved website. Director Keith Boyle (Laconia CC) worked with web designer Philippa Middleton and Lisa Kress, McDonough’s Director of Communications, to handle the transition and add new content. McDonough can now accept online donations through PayPal and we are working on other models for processing donations. Please check out the new website at www.mcdonoughgolf.com.
We continued to have a varied scholarship process in 2021, with a mix of virtual and in-person interviews to evaluate our scholars. Normally, our directors would meet with our scholar applicants at various courses throughout the state in order to conduct brief interviews. Additionally, we had applicants meet electronically with various members of the board via Skype, Zoom, etc., to complete the scholarship process. The board continues to report that our scholar recipients are a bright and motivated group.
After working through our various Covid-19-related challenges, we returned to hosting our 37th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament, at the Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club in August. We had a very successful event and raised nearly $15,000 toward scholarships. We also had a milestone year, awarding $131,800 to 87 scholars from around New Hampshire. McDonough recipients are currently attending 38 colleges and universities. With these most recent awards, the Foundation has crossed the $3 million threshold in scholarship grants since 1955.
Finally, this will be my last report to you as President. In December, I passed the baton to Bill Everett, of Laconia CC, who has chaired our Endowment Committee and been vice president of McDonough for the last three years. Bill has been instrumental in growing our endowment over the last several years, and I have every confidence that McDonough will continue to maximize your donated dollars for the benefit of New Hampshire’s golf course employees. I’ll continue to volunteer as the Scholarship Chair, as I enjoy meeting our great McDonough scholars from around New Hampshire.
Thank you for supporting our McDonough Foundation scholars,
Glenn H. Walton
McDonough Scholarship Foundation