Last Updated on October 11, 2022 by John Riker
The Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship, which provided four BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) collegiate golfers with $1,800 scholarships this year, is adding an NIL component.
A graduate of Towson and former Towson golf student-athlete, John Hulede started the scholarship to “help increase the number of minority golfers at the collegiate level.” The scholarship came to fruition through a combination of Hulede’s own funds and funds he raised online and already has plans for future years. This year’s scholarship recipients are Towson’s Kyndall Campbell, Towson’s Rayab Lee, Howard’s Kendall Jackson and Dartmouth’s Hope Hall.
For entry into the scholarship, student-athletes in their senior year of high school or in college submitted essays into how golf changed their lives.
“Golf is often thought of as a white-dominated sport, with many minority players not breaking into the field due to a lack of access rather than a lack of skill,” the scholarship’s page on Bold.org said. “The opportunity to build connections and network through golf can lead to many opportunities down the road, including athletic opportunities as well as career advancements. Creating accessibility to the game of golf for underrepresented players can open doors both on and off the course.”
The NIL component to the scholarship is designed to boost BIPOC representation in the college golf ranks further.
In exchange for the NIL funds, the four golfers will promote the 2023 Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship in person and through social media. Additionally, the golfers will have access to mental health and financial resources and assistance on building a brand and navigating the NIL landscape from VicTreeFi’s Nillie platform.