NATIONAL EVENTS AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

First Tee doesn’t just get kids on the course, it offers them exciting opportunities for growth. With the help of our corporate partners, we host a series of events to our participants, allowing them to meet new people, play some golf, achieve greatness, and show off our nine core values in action. Descriptions are listed below.

Contact Aaron Wall at [email protected] or (785) 341-1992 to apply for any of the following opportunities.

Click Here For The 2022 Eligibility Criteria For Participant Opportunities


GOLF & LEADERSHIP EVENTS

First Tee Future Entrepreneurs Presented by Wells Fargo | May 3-6 This inaugural program celebrates promising First Tee participants/alumni accepted into or from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), who’s interests are around business or entrepreneurial field of study; providing them with an opportunity for mentorship, networking, personal and professional development. Application Released: January 24, 2022 | Application Deadline: February 28, 2022 Participants Announced: March 15, 2022
John Deere Drive Your Future Academy | June 6-10 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. Application Released: January 31, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 28, 2022 | Participants Announced: April 19, 2022
First Tee National Championship | June 28-July 1 The inaugural First Tee National Championship will be held at Clemson University, bringing together First Tee’s elite players for an opportunity to showcase how the program has helped build the strength of character needed to play at the collegiate or next level. Application Released: January 31, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 28, 2022 | Participants Announced: May 10, 2022
John Deere Power For Good Contest | June 27 – July 1 Participants submit a written essay about how they are a ‘Power for Good’ through service in their local communities. Three essay applicants will each receive an enriching learning experience at the John Deere Classic and $5,000 to assist with their future educational endeavors. Application Released: January 31, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 28, 2022 | Participants Announced: May 3, 2022
Game Changers Academy Honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr | July 19-23 Participants selected to attend this five-day learning and empowerment academy will participate in important conversations around issues of identity, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion. The academy builds throughout the week into a final outreach project in collaboration with DE&I leadership in the local host community. Application Released: January 31, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 28, 2022 | Participants Announced: May 31, 2022
First Tee Corporate Connect in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company August 24-27 Five semifinalists are selected to spend two days in the heart of downtown Atlanta visiting the Coca-Cola headquarters, networking with a young professional panel, and taking part in interviews with Coca-Cola senior staff members. The teens will also experience VIP access during the TOUR Championship at the historic East Lake Golf Club. Application Released: March 14, 2022 | Application Deadline: May 16, 2022 | Participants Announced: June 28, 2022
PURE Insurance Championship Impacting the First Tee | September 20-25 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 their knowledge of the First Tee life skills curriculum. The tournament is televised on Golf Channel. Application Released: January 31, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 28, 2022 | Participants Announced: Early July (Golf Channel)
First Tee Innovators Forum | November 16-19 The Innovators Forum sets to empower First Tee teens to develop a meaningful service project in their communities focusing on raising awareness on global issues focusing on education, health, and sustainability. Application Released: June 14, 2022 | Application Deadline: August 15, 2022 | Participants Announced: September 13, 2022

College Scholarship Program

About the Program

At First Tee, we believe that helping young people build strength of character is fundamental to success in life. Our active learning experiences are all about ensuring young people build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience, so when they face new challenges they are equipped to overcome them. Going beyond our core programs, the enhanced First Tee College Scholarship Program is designed to provide further support, life skill development and mentorship of our alumni through their journey. Higher education continues to be a critical factor in unlocking opportunities for young people to thrive, and First Tee is committed to their success. First Tee College Scholarship Program supports selected alumni throughout their college career. The need and merit-based program provides scholarships 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. One of the key factors of the program is pairing Scholars with a dedicated adult mentor who will help encourage and guide them throughout the four years. The program is open to graduating high school seniors planning to attend college the following year. Applicants must be active members of First Tee chapters and will be considered based on financial need, academic performance, chapter involvement, volunteerism and other criteria.

Academic Requirements

  • Must be classified as a high school senior as of December 31, 2021
  • Minimum score of 28 on the ACT and/or 1340 on the SAT
    • Test-Optional guidelines will be followed due to implications of COVID-19: If you were able to complete the ACT or SAT, please submit scores and they will be factored into your review. If you were unable to take these tests due to COVID-19, you are still eligible to apply for this program.
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Intent to attend a four-year accredited college or university in Fall 2021
  • 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

Need-Based

  • Dependent upon the financial circumstances of the family (Tax Return, FAFSA/Student Aid Report info required)
  • Dependent upon cost of attendance at college or university
Application Released: January 1, 2022 | Application Deadline: March 1, 2022 | Participants Announced: May 31, 2022