William “Bill” Dickey had a passion for the game of golf since the early 50’s when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and picked up his first golf club. He founded The National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association (NMJGSA) in the mid 1970s to provide interested young men and women an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf at an early age. He felt golf builds character and integrity.
The BDSA was launched and incorporated in 1984 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) grass roots program to introduce youth of color to the game of golf and to provide financial assistance to college-bound students. For more than 30 years, the BDSA has been one of the nation’s leading organizations providing scholarships to minority youth and helping them develop character and leadership skills inherent in the sport of golf.
In 2005 the NMJGSA changed the name to the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association (BDSA) to honor its late founder and his leadership captured by its slogan “Building Hope…One Stroke At A Time.” Through his vision and dedication, the BDSA has helped more than 1,100 students pursue their post-secondary education, nationally and internationally, through partnerships and financial aid totaling in excess of $3.65 million.