Deacon Palmer Scholarship


Over the past few years, Colm Parrish, Samantha Shumaker, Sasha Lobel, Mallorey Stack, Max Kennedy and Samantha Linder have all been awarded Deacon Palmer Scholarships.

Each awardee receives $2,000 a year for each of their four years attending college.  Any active First Tee Pittsburgh high school senior who will be attending college next year is welcome to apply.  Please contact for an application.

Deacon Palmer Scholarship

The Deacon Palmer Scholarship was started by The First Tee of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Deacon Palmer Endowment Fund as a way to provide our chapter’s active participants with financial assistance for college. The Scholarship Committee is pleased to offer scholarship assistance to qualified First Tee participants who have demonstrated exceptional merit, citizenship, academic achievement, as well as service and commitment to the mission of The First Tee of Pittsburgh. A $2,000 scholarship, renewable each academic year, is available based on selection criteria for a maximum of 2 participants. Scholarship awardees may seek renewal in successive years by submitting transcripts from the previous year, as well as proof of enrollment for the coming year.

CLICK HERE to download a Scholarship Overview

About Max and Samantha, past awardees.

Max will be attending Slippery Rock and study Athletic Training and Physical Education.  Sam is attending Smith College and will major in Neuroscience and Studio Art.

During her time at The First Tee of Pittsburgh Sam observed, “The First Tee helped me to change my negative attitude by helping me manage my emotions.  The coaches became positive role models for me while the life skills and core values guided me as I was maturing into a young adult.”

This summer Max was selected as the Staruch Intern and in that capacity he assisted with summer clinics and numerous golf course and administrative assignments.  During the final week of summer golf camp Max will serve as lead coach and write and supervise his lesson plan.

The best and final “award” for Max and Sam was meeting Arnold Palmer at his office in Latrobe.  They were able to visit with Mr. Palmer, pose for photos, get autographs and have a private tour of his personal collection of memorabilia.

The First Tee of Pittsburgh is very proud of Max and Sam and we look forward to their success as they begin the next step in their life journey.