The First Tee home office offers a national College Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are up to $5,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of college admission. The program also provides professional development workshops, access to internships and full-time employment placement post-graduation. Applications are due at the end of January for high school seniors.

The following scholarships are offered by our Chapter to students enrolled in our programs for a minimum of three years.  All applications are due by July 1st each year.

Chapter Directors John McMurray and Eric Wilson of Keiser University have announced that the College of Golf at Keiser University would be offering two active scholarships to chapter students beginning this fall.  Students may earn the two-year associate or four-year bachelor’s degree. This is an incredible opportunity for our students who wish to pursue a career in the golf industry.


Our Chapter began offering four-year renewable college scholarships to our active students in 2014 when Trustee Jon Orszag (pictured left) designated a portion of his annual contribution to establish our first scholarship fund.  We typically award $25,000 per year in college scholarships and have awarded over $100,000 since inception with additional assistance from Trustees Bob Simses and Morell Studios, and former Chapter Director Suzanne Klein.  Peter Helie has generously funded the scholarship program for the 2021-2022 school year.


The Palm Beach County Golf Association, partnered with our chapter to offer a scholarship program they funded, which is administrated by Take Stock in Children, a local organization, that offers four years of high school mentoring in addition to the scholarship.


Our chapter has developed a partnership with the Western Golf Association and their Evans Scholars program.  Evans Scholars earn a four-year full tuition and room and board scholarship by caddying.  Our Chapter currently has students caddying at Seminole Golf Club and Old Marsh with plans to apply for the Evans during their senior years.  Additionally, The Bear’s Club was the first local club to offer the Evans Scholars program to deserving high school students.


Congratulations to the many Chapter students listed below that have benefited from our college scholarship programs:

Ahmed Abou Baker
Palm Beach State College- Current
Janelle Johnson

Nova Southeastern University- Graduated 2018

Taylor Sukmana
Palm Beach Atlantic University- Graduated 2020
Shannon Boner
University of Virginia- Graduated 2018
Jarue Johnson
Florida Atlantic University- Graduated 2019
Nyla Simms
University of Maryland Eastern Shore- Current
Kristen Dodd
Maltz Jupiter Theater- Current
Savannah Mansueti
University of Florida- Current
Alison Santini
Palm Beach Atlantic University- Current
Amber Steele
Keiser University College of Golf- Current
Alexandra Dowd
Palm Beach Atlantic University- Graduated 2019
Sheldon Meyer
University of Florida- Graduated 2018
Emily Valentine
Palm Beach Atlantic University- Graduated 2019


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