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Scholarship fund honoring North Forsyth golfer now taking applications
Dumphy golf tournament
Joe Dumphy was killed in a car accident in 2015. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The application deadline for the third annual Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship is quickly approaching. The last day to submit an application is March 17.

Joe Dumphy was a freshman at North Forsyth High School when he died in July 2015 after sustaining injuries in a car accident as he left Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville.

 In what would have been his senior year, the scholarship board of directors hopes this year’s scholarship will be the biggest one yet.

For the past two years, the memorial fund has provided over $15,000 in local scholarships. In 2017, the scholarship provided $8,250 in local scholarships and this year it is expected to break that record.

At minimum, the scholarship board will award a $5,000 college scholarship to one local college bound high school senior in Dawson or Forsyth County and additional scholarships to other deserving high school seniors in any county in Georgia.

“Little Joe (as he was known at the club) was an amazing young man and golfer,” said scholarship board member D’Anna Hardesty. “In Joe’s short life, he exemplified the ‘right way’ to live one’s life whether it was through his Christian spirituality; the dedication he showed in sports and school; the respect he showed for his elders, fellow competitors, and the game itself; his leadership by example in the way he carried himself in day to day life and interactions with others; or just the enjoyment he brought to others regardless of the circumstances.”

The Joe Dumphy Golf Scholarship Fund financially assists junior golfers chase the college dream that Dumphy was not able to pursue.

“While Joe happened to be a very good golfer, it was how he lived his day to day life that made the greatest contribution to the community, and it is in that memory that the scholarship was born,” said Hardesty.

Those who knew him called him a selfless young man, always giving of himself to others. In his final physical act on earth, Dumphy donated five of his organs, saving four lives.

“He would have been devastated for a ‘gift’ to go unused that could help another person and their families and friends,” said Hardesty.

Eligible candidates are male or female high school seniors residing in any Georgia county that currently attend a private or public school or are home schooled. They must also emulate Joe Dumphy’s character and approach to life.

According to the scholarship application, ideal candidates “excel academically; participate in activities that support their community; pursues extracurricular interests – with an emphasis on golf - and have demonstrated leadership and solid, faith-based moral character.” Candidates do not have to be on a golf team to apply.

The application is available now at