Toledo Junior Golf Association

Paul Szymanski Spirit Award Scholarship

This endowed fund provides a $5,000 post secondary education scholarship. The application deadline date for this year is June one 5th, 2022 at all 5:00 pm (EST).



The Toledo Junior Golf Association has created the Paul Szymanski Spirit Award to honor the TJGA member who embodies Paul’s love of life as well as the game of golf yet may have dealt with an obstacle in their life.

  • Paul was the president of the Toledo Junior Golf Association from 1998 – 2001 and a board member until 2009.
  • He was also the 1981 Toledo District Golf Association Junior Match Play champion.

Paul’s contributions to Toledo Junior Golf are immeasurable and we owe much of our organization’s success to him. Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995 yet never allowed his medical condition to dampen his love and commitment for junior golf. Although his condition was deteriorating, Paul still played in the 2010 Chili Open which benefited the Toledo Junior Golf Association. Paul Szymanski passed away on July 3, 2010.

In honor of Paul, the Toledo Junior Golf Association has also established the Paul Szymanski Spirit Award Fund at the Toledo Community Foundation. This endowed fund will provide a $5,000 post secondary education scholarship to the recipient each year, who will be selected by a committee which includes a member of the Paul Szymanski family, as well as several TJGA board members.

The award winner of the scholarship for 2022 Claire Recker from Findlay, Ohio.

Her character and resume showed the scholarship committee that she more than deserved this award. Congratulations Claire!



  • Recipient: Brandon Snell
  • High School: Maumee High School
  • College: Trine University
  • Award Amount: $1,000


  • Recipient: Lucas Kehoe
  • High School: Anthony Wayne High School
  • College: Ohio State University
  • Award Amount: $1,000


  • Recipient: Jacob Gebers
  • High School: Napoleon High School
  • College: Ferris State University
  • Award Amount: $2,000


  • Recipient: Benjamin Dayton
  • High School: Ottawa Hills High School
  • College: Miami University
  • Award Amount: $2,000


  • Recipient: Morgan Hazzard
  • High School: Port Clinton
  • College: Bellevue University
  • Award Amount: $2,000


  • Recipient: Andrew Beattie
  • High School: Northview High School
  • College: Eastern Kentucky University
  • Award Amount: $2,000


  • Recipient: Micayla Moldenke
  • High School: Whitmer High School
  • College: LeMoyne College
  • Award Amount: $3,000


  • Recipient: Kathryn Roth
  • High School: Notre Dame Academy
  • College: University of Toledo
  • Award Amount: $3,000


  • Recipient: Francesca Sberna
  • High School: Perrysburg High School
  • College: Walsh University
  • Award Amount: $4,000


  • Recipient: Paige Zolciak 
  • High School: St. Ursula Academy
  • College: Eastern Michigan University
  • Award Amount: $4,000


  • Recipient: Paige Reece
  • High School: Notre Dame Academy
  • College: TBD
  • Award Amount: $4,000


  • Recipient: Claire Recker
  • High School: Findlay High School
  • College: TBD
  • Award Amount: $5,000