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2018 Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship Awarded

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ROCKFORD, IL - The Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship for young women was established within the Rockford Park District Foundation to assist girls who enjoy playing the game of golf and who are pursuing an undergraduate degree.

This scholarship was made possible by the great generosity of Jane Lyons, who left nearly $1.2 million to the Foundation to endow the scholarship and provide funding for girls golf programming in the Rockford Park District.  One $2,500 scholarship will be provided annually, and will be renewable for up to four years for a cumulative total of $10,000.  The first scholarship was awarded in 2015. 

Applicant Eligibility

  • Female students who enjoy playing the game of golf
  • Residents of Winnebago/ Boone County or a participant in a Rockford Park District golf program
  • Enrolled or plan to enroll in a full-time two- or four-year degree program.

At a Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Caitlin Schoepfer was awarded the 2018 Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship.  Caitlin is a senior and will graduate soon from Rockford Lutheran High School and attend Asbury College in Willmore, Kentucky.  In addition to her excellent academic performance, she has served in many leadership capacities at school and church.  She has been playing golf since she was nine years old, and has helped her team take home three conference titles, two regional titles, one section title, and a second and third place state trophy.  Caitlin first met Jane on an LPGA Girls Golf trip to watch a women’s golf tournament.  She and Jane spent the entire day together, which completely changed her perspective of golf.  “Jane taught me that I was allowed to have fun on the golf course.  I vowed to always have as much fun on the golf course as I had on that day with Jane, and that is something that I’ve worked hard to carry throughout my ten years of LPGA Girls Golf and high school golf experience,” said Caitlin Schoepfer.   

About Jane Lyons

Jane Lyons was more than a golf enthusiast, although golf played an integral role in her life, and kept her young. Jane played in the Women’s Classic Golf Championship for more than 60 years. She also played in the first Girls Junior Classic, winning the C Flight in 1941. The Women’s Classic and Girls Junior were the only sporting competitions open to women at that time. Jane graduated from West High School in 1945, earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, and received her M.A.T. degree from Rockford College. She was dedicated to serving children throughout her career, and committed to women participating in athletics. She was president of the Women’s Athletic Association at the University of Arizona, and received the Outstanding Senior Woman Award.

Mike Costello