HRA senior offers a $1,500 golf scholarship

A local high school senior has created a $1,500 scholarship, and she is looking for a local student athlete to award it to.

Anna Hohlrieder is a senior at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, where she has been on the HRA golf team since her freshman year. All seniors must complete a senior project in order to graduate, and for hers, Hohlrieder knew she wanted to do something connected to the sport she's been playing since she was 7.

"I've been given a lot of opportunity, opportunity that not everybody has, especially around here, and I wanted to give something back to the community and the sport that I love." she said. "Golf is such a wonderful sport, but it can have some barriers."

So for her senior project, she decided to set up a one-time college golf scholarship open to local high school students graduating in 2019, the $1,500 "Anna Hohlrieder Golf Scholarship." Hohlrieder raised all of the money for the scholarship from an Ebay store she set up to raise money for it. There, she sold items ranging from knick knacks found in her parents attic, to spare parts from her father's automotive garages.

"Probably the oddest thing I ended up selling was an old John Deere utility vehicle that used to belong to my mother," said Hohlrieder. "I ended up selling it to a nice elderly couple from Tennessee who drove all the way out here to pick it up."

Once the money was raised, she set up a website using Wix, and will take applications until the end of January.To qualify, applicants must go to her website, they must be a high school senior in either Williamsburg, York County or James City County, and submit an essay of up to 1,000 words about what golf means to them, along with a letter from the golf coach of the college they seek to attend.

Hohlrieder, for her part, has not yet settled on a college, though she does have her eye on a handful of schools in South Carolina and Florida, as well as Roanoke College here in Virginia. Though she hopes to play golf professionally some day, she says that she will always have a lifelong love of the game, and one she hopes to share.

"Even if golf isn't something you hope to pursue yourself, it's a wonderful sport, very rewarding, and very versatile," Hohlrieder said. "It can be either a social game, or one played by yourself, but it's always a mental game, one you learn a bit more about yourself with every hole."

The deadline for the scholarship is Feb. 1, 2019, with a recipient to be selected by March 1, 2019. The scholarship website is at bit.ly/2FGMFKr.

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