The Community Foundation for Mississippi and the Mississippi Golf Association are proud to announce the 2022 recipient of the Janet Leach Scholarship is Hannah Grace Hinckley of McComb. A 2022 graduate of Parklane Academy, Hinckley is an active golfer and plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall and will play on the MC women’s golf team. After graduation, Hinckley hopes to attend medical school.
When anyone says the name Janet Leach, golf and Mississippi are never too far behind. Leach served for 22 years with the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division as the program manager for golf. She promoted Mississippi internationally and served as a liaison for two Mississippi PGA Tour tournaments.
As a result of Leach’s tireless work, she was also the first woman to receive the Carpenter-Lindsay Award from the PGA Gulf States section and Mississippi chapter in 2015, which is awarded to individuals who have unselfishly served and supported the game of golf.
Leach passed away in 2017 at the age of 66. To honor her legacy, the Janet Leach Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was created to support the next generation of female golfers. The fund’s scholarship is awarded annually in partnership with the Mississippi Golf Association to a deserving Mississippi female student who is associated with the game of golf either through play or other golf-related studies, regardless of the student’s golfing skill level. Special attention is given to students who attend smaller Mississippi universities and the various community colleges around the state, and those who may need additional financial support.
To support the fund and learn more, visit here.