The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association (formerly the National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association) was an idea of Bill Dickey's in the mid 1970's to address a need for a national organization to promote a junior golf program that would enable interested youngsters to be exposed to the fundamentals of golf at an early age. It was Bill's vision that with an organization of individuals and affiliated golf clubs throughout the country, it would be possible to afford minorities an opportunity to participate in a popular sport at the junior golf, high school and college levels. The overall focus of the organization was on young minority golfers and a goal to increase their numbers in golf while pursuing an education through support and financial assistance. There were several discussions over a period of time by the early group called the National Minority Junior Golf Committee, to lay the groundwork and formulate a plan to establish a National Minority Junior Golf Program.
As plans took shape, the First Annual East/West Golf Classic was held in January 1983, which yielded proceeds of $1,500. In January 1984 the Second Annual East/West Golf Classic raised $5,000 and that year the NMJGSA made its first scholarship awards to four college bound golfers. They attended Prairie View A&M and three of the four went on to graduate, which is an accomplishment the NMJGSA is pleased to have played a part in.
The East/West Golf Classic has enabled us to award over $3.5 million in scholarships to over 1000 college student golfers. Since 1983, we are building hope ... one stroke at a time with the dedication and support of corporate sponsors, organizations and individual members.
BDSA was incorporated in 1984 as a 501 © (3) non-profit organization to assist college bound minority young men and women to realize their full potential in pursuit of academic excellence and the development of their golf skills.