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Vernon Williams


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I am a unicorn. What makes me a unicorn is that I received an athletic scholarship to play Division I Golf. I belong to a class of 2-3 percent of minority amateur golfers in the United States. I have played competitive junior golf from the ages of six through eighteen. With slow and steady progress, I am on a path of achieving my goals. After competing and winning a few junior golf tournaments, I proceeded to play golf for my high school. I was named team captain my junior and senior years of high school. We won two consecutive state championship and were invited to compete and represent the state of New Jersey at the 2023 PGA High School Invitation. We finished in the top 14th out of 51 high schools. The hurdles to achieving my goal of becoming a PGA pro has been and will be challenging to say the least. Stay tuned. TBD.


Seton Hall University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • English Language and Literature, General

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

High School
2019 - 2023


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:


    • Dream career goals:

      Become a PGA Professional

    • Pro golf shop operation

      Hernon Glen Golf Course
      2024 – 2024



    2010 – Present14 years


    • 2023 NJ State Golf Championship 2022 NJ State Golf Championship 2022 WY Deer Champion 2021 NJ All-State 2nd Team, Hunterdon County Boys Golfer of the Year 2021 NJPGA- NJ Junior PGA Championship

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Hunterdon Outreach Golf — Teaching kids how to play golf
      2022 – 2023
    • Advocacy

      HCRHS Red Devil Ambassador — Help new students through mentorship
      2020 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Mentor to first tee junior golfers — mentor
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Martin Luther King Scholar — volunteer supporting food pantry and recreational park clean up/
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      HCRHS Black Student Union — Help educate HC student body on social issues concerning students of color.
      2020 – 2023
    • Advocacy

      Student Success Program — Provide tutorial to students in any subject matter
      2022 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Heron Glen Eagles Golf Camp — Assistant golf instructor
      2022 – 2022

    Future Interests





    Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship
    Question 1 In my spare time, I am an active member of the Seton Hall Martin Luther King Leadership Program. Members of this association engage in a four-year journey in social activism, community service, and leadership evolution. Our program is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am learning more about how he addressed systemic racism and oppression in his life. We then used his philosophy and teachings to find solutions to issues that plague our communities. The MLK leadership program has encouraged me to become a leader in my community. I am using the knowledge, gained to educate others on how we can begin to counteract systemic racism and oppression. Furthermore, members of the MLK Leadership Program complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service year. We spend Saturday mornings volunteering at the Franciscan Charities soup kitchen in Newark, New Jersey. I have met some amazing people who dedicate their lives to helping those in need, and I’ve gained a greater understanding of the living situations of those who are impoverished living in underserved communities. Lastly, with help from the MLK leadership program my friends and I, began a weekly park cleanup service. The MLK scholars clean and remove trash from Ivy Hill Park for two hours. Through our efforts residents in the community have a more enjoyable experience. Being a participant in the MLK program has motivated and given me the tools needed to help others now and in the future. Question 2 I am currently majoring in creative writing. I enjoy reading contemporary fiction novels. The fantastic work of authors such as Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, and Angie Thomas has inspired me to study creative writing. However, since attending college, my interests have slightly changed. Initially I envisioned college would inspire me to create short stories and poetry for my writing portfolio. Instead, my two core English classes required me to develop personal narratives that connect with the in-class reading material. I found this approach to English literature study unfulfilling. I began to explore other outlets for my creative side. I had an opportunity to try my hand at sports journalism, where I wrote a column on Shohei Ohtani’s offseason free agency contract negotiations for the sports section of the Stillman Exchange Seton Hall’s sports column. I enjoyed combining my sports knowledge and creative writing skills to create a sophisticated yet engaging opinion pieces. I also feel that sports journalism is a great way for me to explore alternate career paths. My dream is to become a PGA professional. If that goal is not attainable, I want to pursue a career in sports journalism. After graduating from college, I would like to further immerse myself in sports journalism while working toward my goal of becoming a PGA professional. Question 3 Currently, in my spare time I volunteer at the Franciscan Charities soup kitchen in Newark, New Jersey. The Franciscan Charities soup kitchen feeds hundreds of families in Newark every week, and they are dedicated to improving the lives of those living in poverty and underserved communities. I prepare and distribute meals to families in need. Through this experience, I will continue to expand my community service skills and opportunities to help underserved communities. Additionally, I will continue to lead the weekly park cleanup service at Ivy Hill Park. Continuing this program will promote a more welcoming and wholesome environment, making Ivy Hill Park the ideal place for Newark, Irvington, and South Orange community events. My passion for the game of golf has given me a desire to grow the game in underserved communities. I will seek opportunities to volunteer with First Tee programs and share my journey as a junior golfer to becoming a member of a Division I collegiate golf program. I want to share my love of the game of golf with children who have never had an opportunity to hit a golf club. Currently I volunteer with the PGA professionals at my home course (Heron Glen). I assist with the operation of their PGA Jr. League, Junior Summer Camps, and First Tee programs. Overall, I want to help grow the game in the BIPOC community by sharing my experience of how golf has richly impacted my life. Question 4 Being a recipient of the Hulede Collegiate Golf Scholarship would significantly help me continue the pursuit of my goal of having a career as a professional golfer. The scholarship will help with the cost of my tuition at Section Hall by reducing my parents’ financial obligation. In addition, the scholarship would help me afford the various expenses required of competitive amateur golfers. Travel and tournament fees are a financial barrier to participating in various non- NCAA golf tournaments. The path to becoming a PGA professional requires tournament participation. In addition, a portion of the scholarship would help pay for golf club fittings and equipment replacement when needed. Having updated equipment is important because it allows me to perform up to my full potential. Lastly, the scholarship would help me network within the golf industry while attending tournaments and community golf outings. Connecting with influential figures in the golf industry will afford me an opportunity to not only work toward my career goals but help promote diversity within the game as BIPOC representative. As a junior golfer I had opportunities to compete in numerous junior tournaments such as: the APGA, the Jim Thorpe Invitational, and the Mack Champ Invitational. I met many BIPOC junior golfers from around the United States. I would love an opportunity to contribute to the development and evolution of programs for future BIPOC golfers .
    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
    I began learning how to play golf at 3 years old when I first saw Tiger Woods on TV and my mom bought a toy set of golf clubs. While watching him swing I would try to imitate what I saw. I fell in love with golf and his style of play. Tiger Woods made golf seem accessible and doable for anyone who had the desire to play the game. I began playing junior golf tournaments at the age of six. The game I love presented many challenges. Golf is an expensive sport, and my parents met the financial demands of equipment, lessons, and attending tournaments to the best of their ability, I did not have the tools other players possessed, so I had to work harder and learn to get better with what I had. I learned I could compete with other kids and not worry about what I lacked. I also learned that one of the important aspects to the game of golf is integrity. Many times, I observed players violating rules whether they were aware or not, sometimes they faced consequences and sometimes they got away with cheating. Once at a tournament I called out my infraction which cost me the opportunity to advance to another round of play, I felt good about myself because I knew I did the right thing even when the opportunity to cheat consequence free existed. Knowing I choose to honor the game in a time when the norm is to "win at all costs" meant more to me than winning that tournament. The discipline I learned to apply when playing golf translated to my academic studies. My mom told me learning was important so I could become smart. I did not understand but I knew that learning how to count helped me keep me and my golf opponents scores, so math quickly became my favorite subject. I began to enjoy learning about other subjects like geography and science. My hard work helped me enter my elementary, middle, and high schools "gifted and talented" programs which lead to acceptance in the National Honor Society. My ability to excel in my studies, gave me the opportunity to help other students at my high school. I participated in my high schools after school tutorial program. I tutored lower classmen 2-4 hours per week helping with homework and test preparation. I want to become a professional golfer and help grow the game of golf. I have achieved many of my golf goals from high school golf team captain, winning 2022 and 2023 NJ state championships, participating in the PGA High School Invitational, winning tournaments, and earning a partial scholarship to play D-I collegiate golf. Yet, there is long road before me to achieve my career goals. After earning academic and athletic scholarships the cost of tuition, housing and fees is not fully covered. My parents struggle financially to make up the difference. Thus far the short fall requires loans and credit card debt, so I apply to scholarships to help ease the financial burden. The Morgan Levine Dolan scholarship will significantly help reduce the expenses my parents incur, in addition to helping me pursue my dream of becoming a PGA golf professional.