Established in 2007, the Fairway to Success Program annually awards scholarships to deserving students based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. Each year at least one outstanding and deserving senior at each high school is awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship.
The Northern Texas PGA, United Way and Deloitte are proud to announce as of April 2016, $760,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 38 recipients. Contributions over the past nine years from Deloitte partners, principals, directors and personnel in North Texas provide 100 percent of scholarship funding. Sixty-two seniors from the three high schools submitted applications and, for the first time in the program's history, six students were selected as 2016 Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarship recipients.
W.W Samuell High School
As part of the first cohort of Early College High School graduates from W.W. Samuell, Ariatna will graduate this spring with her high school degree as well as an associate’s degree from Eastfield College. Ranked eighth in her class, Ariatna is a varsity volleyball player, soccer player and assistant to the soccer coach. She is also the Early College High School student council representative and senior class officer, and the treasurer of the National Honor Society. She works as a banquet staffer on weekends and was a summer intern for Southwest Airlines in 2015. This caring, dedicated young woman is motivated to succeed in order to help her family. The oldest of four sisters and the daughter of a single mother who is her inspiration, Ariatna will pave the way at Texas A&M this fall, where she plans to study biology before joining Teach for America upon graduation.
W.W. Samuell High School
With a 3.81 GPA, Mohamed is ranked fifth in his graduating class. Born and raised in a Kenyan refugee camp called Kakuma (translated to “nowhere”), this brave young man moved to the United States in 2009 and is now going somewhere. His history drives him to want to help and give hope to others, guiding him to use his early release time to lead the special needs students at W.W. Samuell in a recycling program on campus. Mohamed also volunteers at the Buckner Humanitarian Organization and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. He is the National Honor Society president, part of the chess club and a member of the math tutoring program at Samuell. The fourth of ten children, Mohamed will be the first in his family to attend college. In the fall Mohamed will attend the University of Texas to study mechanical engineering.
Thomas Jefferson High School
Ranked seventh in his class and taking a full load of AP courses, Marco Ramirez is a driven young man with a vision. He is the first chair trumpet in the award winning Thomas Jefferson band and received multiple top ratings regionally and state-wide, all while working more than thirty hours each week to support himself. Marco wants to make a difference in his community and does so through his efforts with the Patriot Ambassadors Leadership Organization that helps mentor freshman at Thomas Jefferson. In addition, Marco has his own alternative rock band that plays events on the weekends. Marco will be the first in his family to go to college. His passion for music will lead him to the University of Texas (UT) this fall, where he will pursue a degree in business while participating in the UT marching band.
Thomas Jefferson High School
The third-ranked student in her senior class, Renee boasts a 3.75 GPA and a ranking of first lieutenant on the Thomas Jefferson dance and drill team. Renee’s full load of AP classes and serving as a Patriots Ambassador keep her busy on campus. She is an active volunteer at her church, with roles as alter server and a mentor to youth groups. She is a member of National Honor Society, a volunteer at summer camps at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center and played volleyball and softball for Thomas Jefferson. Her ability to overcome obstacles and the fight she has shown in her young life as an undocumented immigrant will likely aid her in the future, especially as the first in her family to attend a four-year university. Renee will be a freshman at Texas A&M this fall where she plans to study architecture.
Lincoln High School
Debra Jackson is ranked fifth in her class and participated in tennis, golf and softball during her time at Lincoln. As a senior her golf team qualified for regionals, the first time Lincoln has ever participated in the event. An active senior leader, Debra also serves as an athletic trainer and member of the National Honor Society, all while working 25 hours per week. Debra has taken on adult responsibilities from a very young age. She has stayed on the right path through her determination, surrounding herself with like-minded people and committing herself to her activities and classes. Her spirit and pride guide her in everything she does. Debra participated in the “Young Leaders, Strong City” seminar in Dallas her junior year and will be the first in her family to graduate from a university. Either Texas Wesleyan or the University of Texas will become her home this fall, where she will pursue a career in athletic training.
Lincoln High School
Kewona Jones is a young woman full of conviction and faith. Ranked ninth in her class, Kewona has thrived in the Lincoln High School Communication/Humanities Magnet where she has written and produced multiple films and documentaries, earning awards for her efforts. She is a door greeter at the DaVerse Lounge, a poetry jam event, and was the technical director and floor manager for the “How? Stops Now!” online talk show project. Her ability to adapt to life’s hardships and her maturity gives Kewona the motivation to change her world, to break the pattern, and to be a role model for her nephew. Kewona will attend the University of Texas this fall, where she has been accepted into the radio-television-film department in the College of Communication.
Fairway to Success is helping to impact and change the lives of young people in our community. The program is conducted at three DISD high schools – W.W. Samuell, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln and includes exposing students to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor and integrity that are central to the game. These schools were selected by DISD for their level of need and lack of outside resources. During 2015-2016, the five-week after school golf program, conducted in the fall and spring and fall, boasted high participation with over 167 DISD high school students learning the basics of golf from PGA golf professionals.
Students also earn the right to participate in a field trip to a local golf course, and graduating seniors who qualify by participating in the program, have the opportunity to apply for a college scholarship.
Highlights from the 2016 Fairway to Success Banquet:
The Fairway to Success Program is supported by: