Thanks to the generosity of our donors, college scholarships are available to participants of The First Tee. Named Scholarship funds were donated either in honor or memory of someone, or by individuals or corporations. Most of these scholarships are worth $2,500 per year and are renewable for four years ($10,000 total) assuming the student continues to meet the school’s criteria for merit scholarships. The funds are paid directly to the institution of the recipient’s choice.
The following scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and only open to The First Tee Scholars.
After Commissioner Finchem’s retirement from the PGA TOUR in 2016, a scholarship endowment was established in his honor. The Timothy W. Finchem Scholarships will be awarded to two participants who are designated as a The First Tee Scholar and have demonstrated a need for funding to pay for their college education. The First Tee Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. Two scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female Scholar in the amount of $20,000 ($5,000 a year for four years).
The Peter A. Bonanni Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 by Times Mirror Magazine in memory of Peter A. Bonanni, the publisher for Golf Magazine. This scholarship fund provided to The First Tee, from The New York Community Trust-Peter A. Bonanni, are to be awarded to those families who have a demonstrated need for funding to pay for their children’s college education. A scholarship of $2500 will be awarded to two Scholars of The First Tee (a one-time payment).
Awarded to ethnically diverse The First Tee Scholars who demonstrate involvement at their local chapter, academic achievement and community service. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to three Scholars of The First Tee (a one-time payment).
At The First Tee we place great value on the well-being of the young people we serve. To this point, we are very much like the Maasai tribe from Kenya. The traditional greeting passed between Maasai warriors is: “Kasserian Ingera,” which means “And how are the children?” The traditional response is, “The children are well,” meaning life is good, that peace and safety prevail and the priorities of protecting the young and the powerless are in place. The Maasai society has not forgotten its reason for being and its responsibilities to its young people – nor have we at The First Tee. The First Tee Scholarship Fund, “Kasserian Ingera”, which consists of donations from The First Tee Home Office Staff and other scholarship donors, will provide a scholarship(s) to a participant(s) to help fund their education after high school (college, community college, or vocational school). The amount of this scholarship varies annually based on the amount raised. Children represent 100% of our future!
PREVIOUSLY AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
The following generous donors supported The First Tee Scholars in their undergraduate scholastic endeavors in the past.
James Clark, a Trustee of The First Tee, and The Clark Charitable Foundation are proud to support the outstanding efforts of The First Tee Scholars and the exceptional educational opportunities it offers to youth. There are currently ten Scholars supported by the Clark Family Foundation each receiving $2,500 a year for four years (a total of $10,000 per recipient).
Mr. Epstein was a Trustee of The First Tee and had a deep affection for the organization and a passion for the game of golf. His family has chosen to preserve his legacy by funding college scholarships through The First Tee. There are currently six Scholars supported by the David B. Epstein Memorial Scholarships each receiving $4,000 a year for four years (a total of $16,000 per recipient).
The Monterey Peninsula Foundation (MPF) has established this perpetual scholarship in memory of Mr. John Zoller. MPF honors Zoller for his lifelong contribution to the game of golf and in appreciation for his invaluable role in the establishment of The First Tee of Monterey County. This scholarship is reserved for designated Scholars from Northern California and covers $2,500 a year for four years ($10,000 total per recipient).
Mr. Doug MacKenzie and his family are passionate about assisting The First Tee in its quest to impact young people. Their funds will provide six scholarships valued at $11,000 each to be disbursed over four years ($2,750/yr.) Recipients will be selected based upon their overall Scholars application score.
Sisters Debby Fleischer and Patty Baldwin of Atlanta have honored their parents’ love of the game of golf by funding two annual college scholarships ($10,000 each -$2,500/year for four years) from 2011 to 2016 through The First Tee Scholars Program. “Because of our parents’ love of the game of golf, our mother as an accomplished golfer and our father as a supporter and spectator, we have offered these scholarships in their memory to support and encourage young golfers.” Designated Scholars from Illinois, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia are eligible.
The United States Senior Golf Association (USSGA) provides financial support to The First Tee Scholars thanks to the generous contributions of their Memorial Fund Trustees. There are currently four Scholars supported by the USSGA Memorial Fund each receiving $2,500 a year for four years (a total of $10,000 per recipient).