Scholarship Opportunities

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

Past winners of the Deacon Palmer Scholarship are:
2013:  Mallorey Stack – Wooster College
2013:  Kollin Vargas – California University of Pennsylvania
2014:  Max Kennedy – Slippery Rock University
2014:  Samantha Linder – Smith College
2015:  Sasha Lobel – Brown University
2016:  Colm Parrish – Penn State University
2016:  Samantha Shumaker – Snead State Community College
2017:  Paige Gillespie – York College
2017:  Briaunna McClendon – John C. Smith University

 National Opportunities

Eligibility Criteria for 2018 Participant Opportunities

Involvement in The First Tee provides unique opportunities for participants. These opportunities have been created to recognize various achievements through golf skills, life skills, and education. The downloadable form is a list of opportunities currently available along with each of their minimum eligibility requirements. Modifications have been made throughout the past several years to encourage teenage retention and progression among the chapter network.

 CLICK HERE to Download The 2018 Participant Opportunties ScheduleCLICK HERE to download the 2018 Eligibility Criteria for Participant Opportunities

Please contact Coach Eric Amato at for more information or to apply for any of these opportunities.


Event Date: April 30-May 6, 2018
Location: Charlotte, NC
Application Deadline: March 19, 2018

The Scholars Program is a distinction awarded to Seniors in High School who excel in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement. The designation of Scholar brings with it eligibility for scholarship opportunities and national events.
Named scholarships that chosen scholars are eligible for: Click HERE
Application Deadline: February 26, 2018
Field Announced: March 21, 2018

This event introduces participants to a competitive golf environment by simulating that experience through the stroke play and golf outing events. Participants will develop an understanding of different rules, scenarios and etiquette through instruction lead by a USGA rules official and through implementation during tournament play. Participants will also work on life skill development through dorm living, interaction with participants from around thecountry and guest speakers. By the end of the week they will have a better understanding of competitive golf rules and regulations and will be ready to act as leaders and role models for other participants at their local chapters.
Event Date: June 12-17, 2018
Location: Richmond, VA
Application Deadline: March 5, 2018


The Perfect Sense Unified Challenge will be a President’s Cup team event with golfers from The First Tee paired as teammates with wounded veterans and Special Olympics golfers from around the country. In addition to playing two rounds of golf at some of the top courses in the nation’s capital, golfers will also enjoy a welcome banquet, a career exploration day at Perfect Sense, a tour of DC’s monuments and museums, and a final send off at Top Golf!

Event Date: June 24-28, 2018
Location: Washington, DC.


This all girls event will focus on leadership development, remaining active in the game of golf, learning the value/impact of volunteerism, and recognizing the importance of teamwork.  Applicants will be asked to define the people or circumstances that ‘drive’ them to take on a position of leadership and describe how they plan to apply those principles in their life.

Date: June 25-29, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA
Host: Georgia State University & East Lake Golf Club


Participants will submit a written essay for the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to be a VIP guest and pro-am participant at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, IL.  The essay should focus on how the students are a ‘Power for Good’ through service to their communities, schools, and/or neighborhoods.  The essay should include a summary of the impact of their efforts and how their work is connected to the values learned through The First Tee and the game of golf.

Date: July 8-12, 2018
Location: Silvis, IL
Host: The John Deere Classic


This week-long academy is intended for advanced players within the chapter network who are pursuing collegiate golf. The academy provides the competitive experience of playing for a college golf team combined with the college experiencethrough rigorous practice and training, tournament play, dorm living, recruiting education and pertinent guest speakers. Participants will cultivate and develop the golf skills, life skills and health & wellness aspects associated with competing at a higher level.

Date: July 10-16, 2018
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Host: The First Tee of The Palm Beaches


To develop and educate our participants in multiple aspects such as life skill development through engaging golf activities, college preparatory and dorm living, and career exploration, all while having the opportunity to play championship golf and develop lifelong friendships. Through the week they are inspired to consider how they can return to their chapters and communities and be a leader and role model for other participants.

Date: July 25 – July 31, 2018
Location: East Lansing, MI
Host: The First Tee Home Office and The First Tee of Mid-Michigan


The PURE Insurance Championship is a premier event intended to showcases the best participants in The First Tee network.  An official PGA TOUR Champions event at Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, the tournament pairs one junior with a PGA TOUR Champions player and two amateurs.  To be selected, juniors are measured in both golf proficiency and life skills knowledge.  The tournament is televised nationally on Golf Channel.

Date: September 25- October 1, 2018 (participants who apply must be able to travel to Pebble Beach during these days)
Location: Pebble Beach, CA
Host: Monterey Peninsula Foundation