The Dodds/Spencer Award

The IWGA is pleased to announce we will now be awarding two Junior Girl awards to outstanding high school seniors. One award will be in honor of Mrs. Julia H. Dodds, who was the first 50-year member of the Illinois Women’s Golf Association. This award was established in 1992. The other award has been establishment to honor Helen Spencer. Helen played in the IWGA State Amateur and Senior State Amateur Championships from 1958 to 1994 – spanning 36 years!

2021 Isabella Peshek, Mount Prospect and Megan Thiravong, Rochelle

The Illinois Women’s Golf Association (IWGA) is pleased to announce the winners of their Julia H. Dodds and Helen Spencer Award for 2021. This year the IWGA recognizes two outstanding graduating high school seniors with $2000 awards in memory of Julia H Dodds and in honor of Helen Spencer.  Criteria for both awards include: Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Sportsmanship.  The 30th Julia Dodds Scholarship winner is Megan Thiravong, from Rochelle and a graduate of Rochelle Township High School.  The  Helen Spencer Scholarship winner is Isabella Peshek of Mount Prospect and a graduate of Prospect High School.

Isabella will be attending college next year.  She plans to join an intramural golf team to continue her love for the sport and meet new people.

Megan has been accepted to the Honors Program at Saginaw Valley State University where she plans to major in Mechanical Engineering while competing on the Division II Golf Team.  She plans to apply technological knowledge and philanthropic principles to give people a more fulfilling life through the gift of engineering.

The Julia Dodds Award has been given to accomplished young women as they embarked on their college careers.



Applications are made on-line at the IWGA website ( Criteria for both awards include: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Sportsmanship. Only one application should be submitted; all applicants will be considered for each award.

Those interested in applying should send documentation of academic status (year in school and gpa) and name of high school.  Two letters of recommendation are required and can be from high school principal, high school teachers, or  anyone who has knowledge of the applicant. Each applicant should write a personal narrative which describes your extracurricular activities, expresses things that have impacted your life, and outlines your plans for the future. Also, please enclose a recent photo.

Application will be accepted beginning on February 1 and deadline for submission is May 1st by 5:00 pm. 

The $2,000.00 award will be directed to the award winner’s college to assist with her educational expenses. If the honoree is unable to accept the cash award, the IWGA will determine an organization to receive the money in her honor.

Dodds/Spencer Award Application Form

Questions should be e-mailed to:

IWGA Dodds/Spencer Committee

Dodds/Spencer Award Winners