College Scholarship Program
Application Released: January 16, 2024 | Application Deadline: March 13, 2024 | Participants Announced: May 31, 2024
About the Program
The First Tee College Scholarship Program provides valuable, life-changing opportunities for the youth of First Tee. Helping them prepare for success is at the core of our mission. We believe in encouraging youth to pursue their dreams and further their education.
This program awards participants who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. Thanks to our generous donors, First Tee is proud to offer up to a $20,000 scholarship, mentoring throughout the college experience, professional development workshops and assistance in securing internships and jobs through the First Tee College Scholarship Program.
Applications are accepted once per year from seniors in high school who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. All components of the application will be reviewed with consideration that this program offers need and merit-based scholarships.
2024 Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the First Tee College Scholarship Program, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Must be classified as a high school senior as of December 31, 2023
- Minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale
- Test-Optional – Following guidelines of current Higher Education Admission Trends
- Intent to attend a four-year accredited college or university in Fall 2024
- If selected, the participant must be able to attend the Pre-College Retreat and the annual Winter Workshop
Chapter and Community Participation
- Registered and active in First Tee headquarters database at the time of application deadline
- Involved in chapter activities at the time of application submission
- Participants who have spent a longer amount of time in First Tee programs will receive higher consideration in the selection.
- Evidence of responsible volunteerism or citizenship through meaningful involvement in community and/or civic activities
What are the benefits of the First Tee College Scholarship Program?
Applicants selected for the enhanced First Tee College Scholarship Program can receive up to $20,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as all other benefits of the program including professional development workshops, assistance in securing internships and full-time employment upon graduation. One key differentiating factor for this enhanced program is all Scholars will be paired with a mentor to encourage and guide them throughout their journey.
Where is the scholarship money sent?
The scholarship money is distributed directly to the university.
Are there limitations regarding college selection?
The Scholars must be attending a four-year accredited college or university.
What if I can’t make it to the professional development offerings?
The professional development offerings are an essential component to participating in this program, so they are mandatory. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Do I have to reapply each year?
No, but you must renew your scholarship each academic year. You will be asked to confirm your continuing eligibility and provide a copy of your transcript.
When is the renewal report due?
The renewal report is due annually by May 31.
What if I transfer to a different college or change majors?
If the transfer is to another four-year accredited college or university, the Scholar will remain in the program. Change to a major will not affect participation in the program.
How often do I need to meet with my mentor? What if we don’t get along?
You will meet with your mentor in-person up to four times per calendar year as well as maintain monthly correspondence via email, phone calls and in-person meetings. Mentors and Scholars will be thoughtfully paired, but if it doesn’t prove to be a good match, we will work with the Scholar to find another mentor.
When is the deadline to apply?
Complete applications including all required supporting documentation must be submitted and received by March 13, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be interviewed through April 2024.
Is there a fee to apply?
What documents are required for the need-based portion of the application?
The applicant will be required to upload their full FAFSA Report Summary information. There is an opportunity to explain any financial hardships not reflected on the FAFSA application. If not eligible for the FAFSA, please contact [email protected] for guidance.