What is the definition of perseverance? Just ask these 10 participants.

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2014 RBS Achievers of the Year (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow
2014 RBS Achievers of the Year at Winged Foot Golf Club (L to R): Tyler Andringa; Gerardo Lugo-Trejo; Kavya Chandra; Tyler Putnam; Cameryn Smith; Nicholas Narcisse; Brittany Ferrante; Will Sallee; Taylor Stroup; Derrick Ow

Struggling with learning disabilities, enduring ongoing medical issues, losing their home in Hurricane Katrina and surviving a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver … these are some of the truly amazing stories of perseverance from the 2014 RBS Achievers of the Year Award finalists.

L to R: Bob McKillip, Head of C&IB Americas, Corporate and Institutional Banking at RBS; finalists Tyler Andringa and Cameryn Smith; Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee
L to R: Bob McKillip, Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for the Americas at RBS; winners Tyler Andringa and Cameryn Smith; Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee

The RBS Achievers of the Year Award, created by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in 2004, offers scholarships to 10 selected participants of The First Tee to be used for education after high school.

Unlike other awards, this is not based on academics or golf skills. Instead, this award recognizes those who exemplify one or more of The First Tee Nine Core Values and who also demonstrate leadership, community service and teamwork while persevering through difficult circumstances in their lives.

RBS_2013_200pxWith a huge thanks to RBS, a long-time supporter of The First Tee, two winners each receive a $15,000 scholarship and the other eight finalists each receive $3,000.

“All participants in this exceptional program deserve a standing ovation, and I congratulate each and every one for their tremendous achievements,” said RBS’s Bob McKillip, Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for the Americas.

The 2014 RBS Achievers of the Year Awards took place in
mid-August in conjunction with The Barclays in New York.
During the four-day event, participants enjoyed:

The RBS Achievers with Ginger Zee outside of Good Morning America's studios
The RBS Achievers with Ginger Zee outside of Good Morning America’s studios
The RBS Achievers join in a selfie with Scott Langley, PGA TOUR professional and alumnus of The First Tee
The RBS Achievers join in a selfie with Scott Langley, PGA TOUR professional and alumnus of The First Tee

Check out highlights from the event in The First Tee’s Facebook album »

Congratulations to the 2014 RBS Achievers of the Year Award finalists!

Read more about the incredible stories of perseverance from these junior golfers. »

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