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.


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

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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GALS ON AND OFF THE GREEN SCHOLARSHIP | SUMMER 2020 – 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 the First Tee of 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.

WEST PENN GOLF ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP | SUMMER 2020 – 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.

WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION & EVANS SCHOLARS FOUNDATION | SUMMER 2020 – 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