Scholarship Opportunities

Deacon Palmer Scholarship

The Deacon Palmer Scholarship was started by First Tee - 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 First Tee - 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.


Past winners of the Deacon Palmer Scholarship
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
2018:  Viktoria Probeck - Robert Morris University
2019:  Andrew Windsheimer - University of Pittsburgh
2020:  Ethan List - University of Michigan
2021:  Jamie Rush - Methodist University, Victoria Witouski - University of Charleston

The Bob Ford Leadership Scholarship

The Bob Ford Leadership Scholarship is an annual scholarship that Mr. Ford provides to a High School Junior or Senior from The First Tee of Pittsburgh.  The scholarship is a one time $5,000 award.  Interested applicants must answer 2 essay questions and attend an interview with Mr. Ford.

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Past Winners of the Bob Ford Leadership Scholarship
2014:  Eddie Zhang - Naval Academy
2015:  Colm Parrish - Penn State University
2016:  Jack Wiggins - Ohio State University
2017:  Teddy Ritts - University of Pittsburgh
2018:  Victoria Slawinski - Penn State University
2019:  Taylor Hajtol - Kent State University
2020:  Jamie Rush - Methodist University
2021:  Abigail Knouse - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Junior Golf Scholarship

The Tri-State PGA Reach the 501(c)3 Charitable Organization of the Tri-State PGA invites graduating high school seniors to apply for the Frank B Fuhrer Jr Golf Scholarship. This scholarship, named in honor of long-time Western Pennsylvania businessman and golf supporter Frank B Fuhrer Jr, will award a one-time $5,000.00 scholarship to one male and one female who exemplify strong leadership, work ethic, sportsmanship, and an interest in the game of golf. To apply, please review the criteria below. All applications must be received in the Tri-State PGA Office by Friday, May 14th, 2021, at 4:00 PM

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GALS ON AND OFF THE GREEN SCHOLARSHIP | SUMMER – The GALS (Growing, Achieving, Learning, Succeeding) Scholarship is for females only, and was established in 2013 by Jackie Sorrenti, the founder of Gals on the Green, and a former Board Member with First Tee - Pittsburgh.  The scholarship is for up to $2,500 annually, and can be renewed.  Applications are available online, and must be submitted by August 1, prior to the student’s senior year of high school.

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WEST PENN GOLF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP | SUMMER - Founded in 1941, this is open to participants who have worked at a WPGA member club for at least two years.  The program typically has 10-12 students receiving aid, and is renewable for up to four years if students maintain a cumulative 2.8 GPA or above.

Applications from eligible high school seniors must be submitted to the WPGA by late November, and final interviews are done in April.  Please contact Tim Manwaring at [email protected]

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WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION & EVANS SCHOLARS FOUNDATION | SUMMER - The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a one-year full tuition and housing scholarship, renewable for four years, but only available to caddies.  There are nearly 900 Evans Scholars currently enrolled at 20 universities, and over 10,800 have graduated.  (Former participant Victoria Slawinski caddied at Oakmont Country Club, and became the first participant from the First Tee of Pittsburgh to earn an Evans Scholarship in January 2019.  She is currently studying engineering at Penn State University.)

Applications are available online beginning August 1 each year, and must be completed by October 31, when the review process will begin.  All decisions are finalized by April 1.  Complete details are available on their website at