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!

2020 Julia Dodds and Helen Spencer Award Winners – Lexi Onsrud of Normal, Illinois  and Emma Thorman of  Macomb, Illinois

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 29th Julia Dodds Scholarship winner is Lexi Onsrud a graduate of University High School in Normal.  The 1st Helen Spencer Scholarship winner is Emma Thorman of Macomb and a graduate of Macomb High School.  Both girls will be attending Illinois Wesleyan and will be golf teammates.

The Julia Dodds Award has been given to accomplished young women as they embarked on their college careers.   This year, the IWGA Committee selected Ali Schrock.

The Illinois Women’s Golf Association (IWGA) is pleased to announce the winner of their Julia H. Dodds Award for 2019. Ali Schrock of Pontiac, Illinois is our award winner and she will receive the $2,000 award, which is directed to her college choice of Illinois State University to assist in her educational expenses.

The award criteria for selection include: Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Sportsmanship. Ali exemplifies all these qualities and is an outstanding young woman. She has maintained a perfect grade point average through high school, while being active in
the high school band, Key Club, volunteering in community projects, and captain of the girl’s high school golf team. Ali stated in her application that her father always told her that success in live would be determined by whether she contributed more to society that what she received. In reviewing her resume, she has certainly followed her father’s advice. One story about Ali definitely defined her character. In the fall of 2017, Ali won the IHSA Class 1A Individual Championship, and she was hoping to repeat that performance in the fall of 2018. Instead, her younger sister, Dani Grace won the title and Ali placed third. All who witnessed the end of the tournament told of Ali’s true joy for her sister’s victory, and never displaying her disappointment in placing third at the tournament.


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 April 2nd 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

Julia Dodds Award Winners