New national program extends First Tee’s impact to alumni, providing support focused on personal growth, mentorship and financial assistance ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2020) – First Tee, a youth development organization providing active learning experiences to help young people build character through the game of golf, is enhancing its national scholarship program to include deeper support for alumni. First Tee College Scholarship Program will now provide selected alumni entering college with financial assistance, professional development workshops and substantial mentoring throughout their college experience.
One of the key components of the First Tee College Scholarship Program is pairing scholars with a dedicated, trained adult mentor who will help encourage and guide them throughout the college experience, including in-person meet ups. The program also provides scholarships up to $5,000 per year for four years, plus professional development workshops. Scholars will also receive assistance with internships and full-time employment placement post-graduation.
“At First Tee, we want to inspire and empower every young person we reach to set goals and begin pursuing them,” said First Tee President Greg McLaughlin. “Providing an enhanced and more robust College Scholarship Program furthers our efforts to motivate young people to stay in our programs, and support alumni as they move through the college process. Education remains incredibly valuable in today’s competitive world, and we want to advance First Tee alumni through this program.”
The program is open to active participants of First Tee chapters graduating from high school and planning to attend college. Applicants will be considered based on financial need, academic performance, chapter involvement, volunteerism and other criteria. Applications are now being accepted. The scholars will be announced at the end of May.
For more information on the First Tee College Scholarship Program, visit firsttee.org. ***
About First Tee First Tee (www.firsttee.org) is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its beginning in 1997, First Tee has expanded to reach millions of young people on golf courses, in schools and at youth centers. First Tee is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, with programs in all 50 United States and select international locations.