The Bowling Scholarship
GCU Districts (and lodges without a district) are encouraged to hold annual Jr. Bowling Tournaments. One female and one male member in the age 16-18 category will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. A list of tournaments will be available in February and must be completed by May 31.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, each youth must:
- be between the ages of 16 and 18 as of May 31 the year of the tournament
- be the official winner or qualified alternate of their respective tournament as certified by the Athletic Director
- be an active GCU benefit member for a minimum of five years
- have at the time of the tournament either a permanent life policy* or an annuity product with a minimum balance of $2,000
*GCU Members holding only a term policy are not eligible for the Jr. Bowling Educational Scholarship.
Rules and Procedures
- The Bowling Educational Scholarship Winners (one male and one female each year) will be determined by using winners in the age 16-18 category within each district, or lodge without a district, that holds a tournament.
- The three-game actual scores plus handicap will be utilized to determine the male and female winners. If more than one tournament is held within a district, one male and one female with the highest scores of all tournaments held within that district will be named the winners.
- Handicap will be based on the three game total rolled in the tournament. (If a bowler has an established league average, that average must be used for handicap purposes.) The handicap must be submitted to the Home Office.
- This total will be added and then divided by three to determine the average.
- The male’s average will be subtracted from 225 and the handicap will be calculated at 90% of the difference between the average and 225. For example: an average of 175 we would subtract 175 from 225, which would be 50. Then we would take 90% of 50, which is 45 pins x 3. So, 135 pins would be added to the actual score.
- The female’s handicap will be calculated in the same manner using 200 as the basis.
- The highest score among all eligible entrants will determine the female and male scholarship winners. In the event of a tie, winners will share the scholarship.
- No cash prizes will be awarded. The male and female winners will receive a certificate worth $1,000 to be paid directly to the student upon reciept by the Home Office of a tuition bill from either a college, university, or other post-secondary school.
- If a male or female less than 18 years of age wins the scholarship, they will not be eligible to win the bowling scholarship in any succeeding year.