Scholarships

Scholarships

The Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation is pleased to continue its charitable commitment to educational services by announcing its 2017 scholarship recipients. In 2017, 33 recipients have earned scholarships totaling $265,000, the most ever given in a single year by the Foundation.

Of the scholarships given, 62% were provided based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement, while 38% were based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement. 


2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

CHARLEE COCKRELL



 

 

AT&T Byron Nelson Scholarship

Charlee Cockrell is a 2017 graduate of Palestine High School where she served as the team captain for both the debate team and the varsity golf team and was an active member of the National Honor Society and student council. She balanced all this while maintaining a 3.9 GPA and owning her own thriving cattle business. She also participated in a short-term student exchange program where she spent four weeks in Spain. Charlee will be attending Texas A&M University in the Honors program, majoring in business and finance.
 

WILLIAM WARNER



 

 

Ben Hogan Foundation/ Denny & Carol Alexander Scholarship

William is a 2017 graduate of Granbury High School where he graduated in the top 20 of his class and was a four-year letterman of the varsity golf team. While in high school, he was also a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and participated in multiple technology and engineering competitions. William is attending the University of Arkansas where he will major in mechanical engineering.
 

SPENCER BINDEL



 

 

Ben Hogan Foundation/ Alan & Wendy Barron Scholarship

Spencer Bindel is a 2017 graduate of Mansfield High School where he graduated as valedictorian out of a class of 550 students. While in high school, he also served as the president of two organizations – the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes – and held leadership roles on a handful of other organizations. He also completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, in 2012. Spencer will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall where he will pursue a degree in political science.
 

SARAH MCCLAIN



 

 

Ben Hogan Foundation/ Jeff & Kelly Dillard Scholarship

Sarah McClain in a 2017 graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School where she was a member of three national honor societies – the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.  She was also a member of the student council, an officer of the Business Professionals of America club and a four-year letterman on the varsity golf team. In the fall, Sarah will attend Dallas Baptist University where she will major in business management.
 

JUSTIN THOMPSON



 

 

Birdies for Kids Scholarship

Justin Thompson is a 2017 graduate of Trinity Christian Academy where he was the senior captain and a four-year letterman on the school’s varsity golf team. While in high school, he was also distinguished on the Cum Laude Honor Roll all four years. Justin is a pediatric cancer survivor and gives back to his community in multiple ways, including participating in the Birdies for Kids fundraiser for three years in a row. This fall, he will enroll at Southern Methodist University where he will major in business/ sports management and play on the university’s golf team.
 

BRANNON MCCABE



 

 

Briggs Berry Heart of a Lion Scholarship

Brannon is a 2017 graduate of Granbury high school. He was a member of the varsity golf team while in high school and played in many All American Tour events is his spare time. Brannon will be attending West Texas A&M University in Canyon and will be majoring in sports and exercise science. He also hopes to walk on to the men’s golf team at WTAMU. Brannon is the third recipient of the Briggs Berry “Heart of a Lion” scholarship, named after Briggs Berry. Briggs was a fellow Granbury High School/NTPGA Junior Tour golfer who passed away three years ago following a battle with an immune deficiency condition.
 

RILEY MCFARLANE



 

 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship

Riley McFarlane is a 2017 graduate of McKinney North High School where she served as the freshman class president, community service committee head, social committee head and junior class president during her four years on student council. She also participated in the orchestra, the National Art Honor Society and the varsity girls’ golf team while in high school. Riley will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo. this fall and plans to major in biomedical sciences. She will also be a member of the inaugural women’s golf team at Missouri S&T.
 

BRYCE PARKER



 

 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship

Bryce Parker is a 2017 graduate of Pampa High School where he was a four-year varsity letterman in golf and track and a three-year varsity letterman in football. He also participated in the school choir all four years of high school and was an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society. In his spare time, he also works as a volunteer youth golf instructor. Bryce will be attending the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and plans to major in physical therapy. He will also be joining the men’s golf team.
 

AVA CASTILLO



 

 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship

Ava Castillo is a 2017 graduate of Ranchview High School where she was the girls’ golf team captain and a symphonic violinist in the high school orchestra. She has been heavily involved with the First Tee of Greater Dallas since the third grade. During her time with the First Tee, she has received five individual awards as well as an invitation to compete in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2015. She has also served as a junior coach with the First Tee of Greater Dallas for four straight summers. Ava plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas where she will major in biology and play collegiate golf on the UTD women’s team.
 

KATE BRICKNER



 

 

Colonial Country Club Scholarship

Kate Brickner is a 2017 graduate of Carroll Senior High School where she maintained a 4.0 GPA while also playing varsity golf for four years. She also danced competitively for six years. She has a passion for the health occupation field and volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Magee-Women’s Research Institute during her time in high school. Kate will attend Washington University in St. Louis this fall where she will major in neuroscience and health care management.
 

PARKER SMITH



 

 

Donald E. Steen Golf Scholarship

Parker Smith is a 2017 graduate of Frisco High School where he competed as a member of the boys’ varsity golf team for three years. He worked approximately 20 hours a week throughout high school while still maintaining good grades. Parker will be attending the University of North Texas this fall where he will be majoring in mechanical engineering.
 

KIMBERLY FLACK



 

 

EPEC Golf Scholarship

Kimberly Flack is a 2017 graduate of John H. Guyer High School where she will graduate in the top 20 of her class of 595 students. Throughout high school, she took part in the National Honor Society, the Key Club and the Denton Guyer girls’ golf team. She has also competed in autocross racing events with the Sports Car Club of America, Texas region since the age of 13. Kimberly plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall to pursue a degree in international business.
 

SYDNEY MCCLINTON



 

 

EWING Automotive College Scholarship

Sydney McClinton is a 2017 graduate of Little Elm High School where she served as the chief editor of the high school yearbook staff and participated on the school’s golf team for three years. She also played four years of volleyball in high school and was named the team’s co-captain her senior year. She is currently working as the co-coach for the Instinct Lynx Elite Girls Volleyball Club Team. This fall, Sydney will attend Texas Woman’s University where she will pursue her bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a focus on photography.
 

CAITLIN COVERSTONE



 

 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship

Caitlin Coverstone is a 2017 graduate of the Trinity School of Texas where she is the valedictorian of her senior class. While in high school, she competed on the girls’ varsity golf team and the Lincoln-Douglas debate team for four years and served as editor-in-chief on the school’s yearbook staff. She was the founding member of her school’s robotics team and has participated in multiple engineering programs for students throughout the country. Caitlin will attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. where she will major in electrical engineering and play college golf for the Fighting Engineers.
 

CASEY WASHMON



 

 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship

Casey Washmon is a 2017 graduate of Newman Smith High School where she was the team captain of the varsity girls’ golf team for all four years of high school. While in high school, she was an also an active member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She is very involved with her church, participating in the high school ministry and bible study and serving as a worship leader on mission trips. This fall, Casey will attend the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor where she will be majoring in biology and playing college golf.
 

AUSTIN EVANS



 

 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship

Austin Evans is a 2017 graduate of Bland High School where he graduated as the valedictorian of his senior class with a 4.0 GPA. He competed on the varsity golf and baseball teams all four years of high school, and was very active in the FFA, serving as the treasurer, vice president and president at various times. He was also the student government president, BETA club president and student council vice president. Austin will be attending Sam Houston State University where he will major in business with a focus in the PGA Golf Management program.
 

TAMERIA MACON



 

 

I AM Scholarship

Tameria Macon is a 2017 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School where she was the captain of the track & field team and vice president of her class. Throughout high school, she was very involved in the school’s choir and step team. She maintained a 3.7 GPA while working about 20 hours a week at AT&T Stadium. Tameria is still undecided on where she will attend school in the fall, but she is pursuing a collegiate career as a track & field athlete in the shot put event. 
 

KIMBERLY WHITTENBURG



 

 

I AM Scholarship

Kimberly Whittenburg is a 2017 graduate of Lincoln High School where she graduated in the top 15 of her class. She was on the softball team for two years and was the manager for the high school’s drill team.  During high school, she was an active participant in the Future Leaders program, the Boys and Girls Club and Upward Bound – SMU. Kimberly will attend either Texas A&M University – Commerce or the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor this fall where she plans to pursue a degree in the medical field. 
 

ALEX MOTES



 

 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship

Alex Motes is a 2017 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School where he was a four-year letterman on the varsity golf team. Graduating with a 3.96 GPA, he was an All-Academic Athlete for all four years of high school. He was very involved in his church youth group throughout high school, and he lead the music team for their vacation bible study. Alex will attend LeTourneau University in Longview this fall where he will be majoring in criminal justice and playing on the men’s golf team
 

ELLIOT VALENCIA



 

 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship

Elliot Valencia is a 2017 graduate of Thomas Jefferson high school where he graduated as the salutatorian of his class of over 300 students. He was a four-year letterman and captain of the boys’ golf team and was also the drum major for the school’s band. While in high school, he served as the president of the Beta Club and attended the MIT Online Science Technology Engineering Community program, an online independent study program. For now, Elliot plans to attend the University of Chicago to major in a STEM-related field of study; however, he is currently on the waitlist at Harvard University and still awaiting for notification of possible acceptance in June. 
 

JESSICA CARBAJAL



 

 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Carbajal is a 2017 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School where she was a five-sport athlete – wrestling, track & field, cross country, swimming and golf.  Most notable, she was a four-year letterman and captain of the school’s wrestling team and the cross country team. She was also the senior class treasurer. Jessica will be attending El Centro College this fall where she hopes to receive her associate degree before transferring to Texas Women’s University for their nursing program. 
 

BRYAN PIñA



 

 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship

Bryan Piña is a 2017 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School where he is graduating in the top 10 of his class out of over 300 students with a 3.89 GPA. After participating in the 2016 Fairway to Success program, he joined the school’s varsity golf team. While in high school, he was the lead guitarist in the band and was also student advisor / recruiter for the TRIO Upward Bound program, a college preparatory program at Thomas Jefferson. Bryan will be attending Texas A&M University where he plans to double-major in business administration and psychology. 
 

JARED IMBER



 

 

Lindy Miller Dallas Golf Association Scholarship

Jared Imber is a 2017 graduate of Fort Worth Country Day where he graduated in the top 10 of his class. He played varsity golf for four years and was the team captain his junior and senior years. Jared was the co-founder and president of Rubin Gilbert AZA, the Fort Worth chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), an international Jewish youth movement for high school teens. After shadowing doctors throughout high school and attending the Georgetown University Medical Institute program, Jared has chosen to double-major in biology (pre-med) and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans.
 

MICHAEL HANSON



 

 

Mac Spikes PGA Member Scholarship *

Michael Hanson is a 2017 graduate of Longview High School where he was an active member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society. While in high school, he played on the school’s football team, was a stage manager for the drill team and was very involved in the Longview High School theater department, serving as vice president his senior year. He competed in the UIL One Act Play competition for three years. Michael will attend the University of Arkansas where he will enroll in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
 

LOGAN WILLEFORD



 

 

Randy Smith Scholarship

Logan Willeford is a 2017 graduate of Canton High School where he finished his high school career with a 4.0 GPA and in the top 10 of his class of over 150 students. He played both football and golf for all four years of high school and was the team captain for both teams. He also competed as a member of the UIL Academics science and math teams and served as the president of the National Honor Society his senior year. While in high school, he also held the position of president for the Interact Club and LeadershipU. Logan will attend Texas A&M University where he plans to major in biomedical engineering.


ALEX SMITH



 

 


Royal Oaks Country Club Scholarship 

Alex Smith is a 2017 graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas where he maintained a 4.3 GPA while also competing on two sports teams – soccer and golf. He is very passionate about soccer, playing as a member of the FC Dallas Club Soccer team helping grow the game as a soccer camp counselor. During the summer of 2016, he shadowed two orthopedic surgeons in the Dallas area at Texas Orthopedic Surgical Associates and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Although Alex is still undecided on his major, he plans to attend medical school one day. Alex will attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall.


TAILAR ANTHONY



 

 


West Texas Legends Scholarship honoring S.A. Smith, Hart Warren & Jay McClure

Tailar Anthony is a 2017 graduate of Levelland High School where she graduated with an impressive 4.0 GPA. While in high school, she was very involved in student council, serving as the junior class treasurer and the senior class vice president. She played on the school’s girls’ golf team for all four years of high school and was the team’s captain since her sophomore year. She also competed in various FFA competitions and was an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Tailar will be attending Lubbock Christian University where she will major in biology and play on the women’s golf team.
 


* ANNUALLY AWARDED TO THE CHILD OR GRANDCHILD OF A NTPGA MEMBER

 

Click HERE to learn about our Fairway to Success participants who were awarded 2017 Deloitte/Northern Texas PGA Scholarships. 

Please direct any questions to Alyssa Richardson via email at arichardson@ntpga.com