Fairway to Success

Fairway to Success

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. In addition, one student is awarded a "last dollar" full scholarship to our partner school, the University of North Texas at Dallas. 

The Northern Texas PGA, Deloitte and United Way are proud to announce as of April 2020, $1,465,600 in scholarships have been awarded to 65 recipients. 62 students have each been awarded a $20,000 scholarship. 100% of these have been funded over the past 13 years from Deloitte partners, pricipals, directors and personnel in North Texas through a scholarship endowment. An additional three "last dollar" full scholarships totaling approximately $225,000 have also been awarded by UNT Dallas. 

This school year, 56 seniors from the three high schools submitted scholarships applications, and six students were selected as 2020 Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarship recipients, while one student received the "last dollar" full scholarships from UNT Dallas. An additional six finalists were awarded $55,000 in NTPGA Foundation scholarships thanks in part to support from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation and the I AM a Golfer Foundation.





Thomas Jefferson High School
Josue Rosa is a first-generation student and graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He will be attending Texas A&M University, specifically May’s School of Business, and has intentions of studying Management. Josue was a part of the first Early College High School Cohort at Thomas Jefferson High School and has been involved with programs such as the Emerging Latino Leadership Program and Theatre. He even founded his own organization at his community college called MOVE Brookhaven. Josue is excited to serve as a role model for his younger cousins as he goes off to Texas A&M University.



W.W. Samuell High School
Lupita Guillen-Salinas is a graduate from the Early College High School at W.W. Samuell High School. Lupita will be attending The University of North Texas at Dallas and plans to study education. She is excited to start this next step of her life to help her community and help empower future generations as she is a first-generation college student herself. Lupita was involved in many extracurricular activities in school, such as  Student Council, Earth club, Art club, Rap club,  and Japanese club. During her junior year she began working and held several jobs at a time. Lupita is also a self-proclaimed writer and she has written two novels and a poetry book.

“I believe that life is not meant to be easy or hard but what you want to see it as, and that when one door closes on you there are always windows you can go through. In other words, never stop aiming for what you want even when it seems impossible to reach.”



W.W. Samuell High School
Jacqueline Miranda, valedictorian for W. W. Samuell High School’s Class of 2020, will be attending The University of North Texas next year to study business with a concentration in real estate. Jacqueline has been involved in a diverse array of school organizations and volunteer activities. She is District-3 Secretary for LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), treasurer of her chapter's National Honor Society, former captain on her JV cross country team, and manager for her school’s varsity soccer team. Jacqueline was also involved in Student Council, TRIO Talent Search, Upward Bound, and swimming. When she is not organizing events for these organizations, you can find her running on her school’s track or spending time with her family. Outside of school, Jacqueline is very involved in her community and participates in cleaning up parks and volunteering at food pantries. With her degree, Jacqueline’s goal is to open her own business and provide the members of her community with more affordable housing.


Thomas Jefferson High School
Marcela Landin is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and is the first member of her family to graduate. She will be continuing her education at Albion College in Michigan and plans to major in history, with the goal to enter the workforce in immigration law. During her time at Thomas Jefferson, Marcela was a four-year member of JROTC and was chosen as the Battalion Commander for Thomas Jefferson and the Brigade Command Sergeant Major for Dallas ISD. Marcela also served as secretary for National Honor Society and Student Council, while also being involved with TJ’s Community Service Club. Marcela says coming from a predominantly Latino community helped her develop a passion for law and social justice.


W.W. Samuell High School
Ruth Leija is a graduate of W.W. Samuell’s Early College High School and will be attending The University of North Texas at Dallas, as the FTS/UNT-D scholarship recipient and a first-generation college student, where she plans to pursue a business degree with the focus of supply chain management. Ruth completed an internship with On-Target Supply during high school which led her to study supply chain management. During her time at W.W. Samuell, Ruth was president of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and Academic Decathlon, and was also captain of the golf team and secretary of the Mock Trial team. Ruth was also the parliamentarian of the National Honor Society. 


Lincoln High School
Tim Fields is a graduate of Lincoln High School and was top 10 in his class. He will be attending Texas A&M University – Commerce upon graduation and is planning to become a lawyer so he is able to help his family and community. Tim is a first-generation college student and is excited to be a role model for his younger siblings. During his time at Lincoln, Tim participated in the golf and track teams and was also a part of Student Council and National Honor Society.


Thomas Jefferson High School
Marysol Ortega is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and will be attending The University of North Texas to pursue a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology with a goal to become an athletic trainer or physical trainer. She has a strong passion for running and was part of the Thomas Jefferson track and cross-country team. If she was not running you would be able to find her on the volleyball court. Marysol also managed to find time to serve as the vice president of National Honor Society and the senior class.

About the Fairway to Success Program

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 that are inherent to the game.

These schools were selected by DISD for their level of need and lack of outside resources. During 2019-2020, the five-week after school golf program, conducted in the fall and spring, 192 DISD high school students were introduced to golf by local PGA Professionals

Students also 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. 


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