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The Northern Texas PGA, United Way, Justin Leonard and Deloitte are proud to announce as of this March 2013, the endowment for the Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarships surpassed $1 million. Contributions from Deloitte partners, principals, directors and personnel in North Texas provide 100 percent of scholarship funding.
The Fairway to Success Program has three main components. The first component is to introduce the game of golf to students in P.E. classes and provide after school programs for students that have a desire to further develop their golf skills. The second component is to provide support for each school’s golf team to help grow the program and allow more players to participate on the team. The third component is a $20,000.00 scholarship which is awarded to one deserving senior at each school.
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, lack of outside resources, and by virtue of concurrent participation in the Destination: Graduation program offered through United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. During 2012-13, the five-week after school golf program, conducted in the spring and fall, boasted record participation with over 180 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. Each year at least one outstanding and deserving senior at each high school is awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship.
Established in 2007, the Fairway to Success Program has annually awarded scholarships to deserving students based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $360,000 to deserving students in our community.
"We are proud of this significant achievement in our continued work to introduce golf, and provide meaningful scholarships, to young people at DISD high schools. We are humbled and honored to be part of such a worthwhile program and for the dedication and commitment of the Deloitte professionals who make this program possible,” said Mark Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA.
2013 Fairway to Success Deloitte Justin Leonard Scholarship Recipients
Lincoln High School
CLaRhonda Summerville is an active student at Lincoln High School, lettering all four years in track and field and serving as captain. She also participated on the acclaimed girls’ basketball team for two years. She was junior class vice president and works with Outreach Ministry to distribute food to the homeless. She also participates in the Lincoln Humanities/Communications Magnet program, specifically film production. One of her films was showcased at the Dallas International Film Festival last year and she recently completed a season-long internship with the producer of TNT’s "Dallas.” Summerville ranks 10th in her class and will be the first in her family to attend college. She will pursue a liberal arts degree in film production at Columbia College in Chicago and plans on starting her own production company called "21 Purple Productions.”
Thomas Jefferson High School
Sergio Carrillo is a well-rounded student and ranked second in his graduating class of 309. He is an accomplished tennis player and earned the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at Thomas Jefferson. He is also an aspiring linguist, fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Mandarin Chinese from study in China. When he is not serving as senior class secretary or performing in school plays ("Guys and Dolls” and "The Lottery”), Sergio works as a supervisor at a local grocery store. He often logs over 25 hours of work each week, yet is still able to preserve a GPA of 3.92. He also participates on the Street Team, an anti-drug group at his high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Carillo plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to pursue a degree in business and a career in accounting. He will be the first in his family to go to college.
W.W. Samuell High School
Sebastian Cabrera is an eager and devoted student ranked fifth in his class of over 300. He has maintained an active role in the Samuell JROTC program throughout his high school career, including taking part in the armed drill team, color guard, honor guard, rifle team, and academic team. He also earned the Cadet of the Year award as well as the Scottish Rite Leadership Award. He participated in the AVID program and was a member of the Aztec Dance Club and cross country team. Cabrera will be the first in his family to go to seek higher education and plans to attend Babson College in Boston to pursue a degree in business.
W.W. Samuell High School
Cinthya Saravia emigrated from Spain four years ago and has since thrived in school, learning English and achieving high marks in her classes. She is ranked fourth in her class and also takes dual credit classes at Eastfield Junior College. Saravia is the student government vice president at Samuell, founder and president of Spartan Decors Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also serves as vice president of Earth Club. Away from school, she volunteers her time at church as an usher and works with other church youth as a mentor. She will pursue a biomedical engineering degree at either Texas A&M in College Station or Houston Baptist University this fall. Saravia will be the first in her family to attend college.
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