The First Tee encourages all-around excellence. Our character education and life skills programs help young people prepare for success both on and off the golf course. The First Tee Scholars Program in particular recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, leadership skills, character development, and chapter and community involvement.
Recently 102 junior golfers proved they have they have what it takes to succeed off the golf course and were recognized as The First Tee Scholars – Class of 2014.
“We are proud of Cody for being recognized and honored with the distinction of Class of 2014 Scholar of The First Tee….Our family will always be grateful for Cody’s involvement in The First Tee. His life today is a testament to the power of the leadership and life skills and Nine Core Values learned and reinforced through The First Tee.” – Chrissie Lissner, parent.
With the designation of The First Tee Scholar, these 102 teens will have the opportunity to apply for educational scholarship programs offered through The First Tee to attend a participating college or university. More than 20 colleges and universities throughout the United States have partnered with The First Tee to offer merit-based or leadership scholarships that help to offset the cost of attending school.
The First Tee Scholars Program was launched in 2003 after 16-year-old Steven Outlaw gave a speech during The First Tee Network Meeting and Dr. William Crouch, then president of Georgetown College, surprised the audience by spontaneously offering Outlaw a scholarship to his school. Since that time, The First Tee has designated 623 teens as The First Tee Scholars and has awarded 112 college scholarships worth more than $1 million dollars.
Wondering what our original Scholars have been up to? The First Tee recently caught up with a few:
Christopher Hawkins, who graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and minored in Spanish, currently works as an account executive at one of the largest open sources software company in the world, Red Hat.
Angelika Huguley went on to graduate from Kansas State University with a double major in Political Silence and International Studies. She then completed her Masters in political science and is working toward a doctorate in Business Administration at Columbia Southern University. Currently Angelika is an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force.
Steven Outlaw graduated from Georgetown College with degrees in political science and phycology. Steven is a PGA member and has been with Troon Golf for more than five years. He is currently one of the golf professionals at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates.
Kenneth Patterson, II graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a degree in Mass Communication and a minor in marketing. He worked as the director of outreach and assistant golf professional at The First Tee of Central Arkansas. Kenneth is currently the marketing aviation liaison for TaylorMade-adidas Ashworth Golf in Carlsbad, California. In this role he serves as a liaison between global marketing and global sports marketing, managing the relationship with the LPGA, Champions Tour and PGA TOUR athletes and agents.
We are proud of all of The First Tee Scholars!