AFTER GRADUATING FROM PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL, Lauren Hess faced a life-altering
decision. Attend a community college for
two years before transferring to a four-year
institution – an option financially supported
by her parents – or head straight to her first
choice, Penn State University – an option
requiring Hess to cover two years of expenses
on her own.
In the end, the allure of Happy Valley was
“I was like, ‘I want to get out there. I want
to be around a ton of people and I want to
be at Penn State,’” Hess, now 22, and a PSU
graduate, said. “I knew the loans would be
horrible but I knew it would be worth it.”
Hess’ choice came with some sacrifices.
At one point, in order to support her educa-
tion, the Orefield, Pa. resident worked three
jobs while managing a full course load. With
such an exhaustive schedule, Hess needed
As she prepared to enter her junior year,
and as her parents transferred the student
loans to her name, help arrived and euphoria ensued. Hess was named the 2018-19
recipient of the J. Wood Platt Donald R.
Phillips Endowed Scholarship. Given to a
caddie at either Lehigh Country Club or
Lancaster Country Club, the award memorializes Donald R. Phillips. The Phillips
Endowment was established in the summer
of 2018 when Don died. Don introduced
his two sons, Wayne and Ken, to the game.
Wayne is Lehigh’s longtime head professional. Ken is a successful amateur player
from Lancaster Country Club and serves on
the GAP Executive Committee as secretary.
“That was really nice because Penn State
Lehigh Country Club
By Greg Welsh