As participants reach levels of certification, they are eligible to apply for the many scholarship opportunities. We hope that many participants in First Tee of The Piney Woods will benefit from these opportunities!
NEAL GARLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP; First Tee of The Piney Woods High School Seniors LEARN MORE
THE FIRST TEE
COCA-COLA AMERICA’S FUTURE
Coca-Cola Company offers five participants the chance to experience downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola campus, attending new hire training, and taking part in interviews to determine the winner of a scholarship. Held in conjunction with The TOUR Championship.
JOHN DEERE DRIVE YOUR FUTURE ACADEMY (GIRLS)
This all-girls event focuses on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.
JOHN DEERE POWER FOR GOOD SCHOLARSHIP
Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and neighborhoods. Three essay applicants will each receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship and a VIP experience at the John Deere Classic.
JOE LOUIS BARROW, JR. LIFE SKILLS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Each summer, 96 participants from the chapter network are selected to attend the week-long academy. They participate in championship golf and life skill development, are challenged to lead others and explore college life including dorm living and creating a network of new friends.
PERFECT SENSE UNIFIED CHALLENGE
The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge is a team event with junior golfers from First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country
PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPACTING THE FIRST TEE
An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the tournament pairs top participants from First Tee with a PGA TOUR Champions player and amateurs. To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf ability and life skills knowledge. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel.
WELLS FARGO SUCCEEDING TOGETHER | APRIL 29-MAY 5
Teenage participants can compete through an essay contest for the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Four winners are selected, with the grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to play in the pro-am with the PGA TOUR player of their choice.
A/B HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION
Encourages all participants to excel academically and to stay on track for eligibility in First Tee Scholars Program. Participants of all ages who earn As and Bs (or equivalent) on their report cards will receive signed certificates.
THE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
This distinction is awarded to participants who are seniors in high school and excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded after the class is designated.
Texas Golf Association Foundation
Doris Kallina / ‘Nez Muhleman Scholarship for Girls in the game of golf
The WTGA Scholarship Program was created to provide financial assistance to support and encourage young women golfers who are seeking higher education. The scholarship recipients shall exemplify academic proficiency and illustrate a connection to the game of golf.
TGA Works (Boys and Girls Scholarship)
TGA Works is a program for high school golfers interested in working in the golf industry. The program is completed over Summer months allowing the student to develop social skills, self esteem, and a chance to use golf facilities.
John Semander Family Scholarship (Boys and Girls)
The John Semander Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to support and golfers who are seeking higher education. The scholarship recipients shall exemplify academic proficiency and illustrate a connection to the game of golf.
Junior Girls’ Travel Fund
In 1986, ‘Nez Muhleman established the Junior Girls Travel Fund to ensure that girls from all over the state of Texas who do qualify for the U.S. Junior Girls Championship have the opportunity and resources needed to go play. This fund is solely designed to secure donations and raise funds to pay for the girls’ travel and caddie fees.
Bob Romero Scholarship
The scholarship program connects junior golfers with life-changing competitive experiences through the Legends Junior Tour, as well as the South Texas and North Texas PGA tournaments, when limited financial resources would otherwise prevent it.
Winners Program/ Texas Challenge (Girls Golf)
The Winners’ Program, in its 11th year, is a golf and grades initiative of the TGA Foundation in partnership with the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf of Texas Chapters. The program was created in 2008 to promote achievement in golf and in the classroom. Girls are encouraged to make good grades and turn in report cards throughout the year