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. 

The Northern Texas PGA, Deloitte and United Way are proud to announce as of April 2018, over $1,000,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 51 recipients to date. Contributions over the past nine years from Deloitte partners, principals, directors and personnel in North Texas provide 100 percent of scholarship funding. Fifty-eight seniors from the three high schools submitted applications, and six students were selected as 2018 Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarship recipients, as well as one University of North Texas at Dallas fully-funded scholarship recipient. 





Thomas Jefferson High School
Daniel Akwei is the youngest of six children. When he was 13 years old, he and his family immigrated to the United States from Ghana and he has worked to take advantage of all the opportunities that allow him to learn, explore, and achieve goals. In addition to speaking five languages, Daniel has been a volunteer with many organizations including Communities in School and The Salvation Army. His work ethic does not end there; he has also been an intern for the Dallas ISD Communication and Marketing Department for the past two summers where he has learned the value of hands on experience. Daniel is a highly motivated individual who is passionate about helping people around him. This fall he plans to further his education at either the University of North Texas at Dallas or the University of Texas at Arlington.




W.W. Samuell High School
Ashley Crispin has accomplished the goal she set in 3rd grade; she is graduating as Valedictorian of her class at W.W. Samuell High School. On top of this accomplishment, Ashley is graduating with her associate’s degree from Eastfield College and 65 college credits, as part of the Early College High School program she sought out entering the ninth grade. Ashley is Vice President of the National Honor Society, President of her Early College class and a member of the Earth Club. Her drive and maturity will serve her well when she begins her accounting and finance studies at either the University of North Texas or the University of Texas at Dallas as a first generation college student. Ashley plans to graduate in four years with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.



Thomas Jefferson High School
With a 3.8 GPA, Elia is ranked fourth in her graduating class of 361 students at Thomas Jefferson High School. In addition to outstanding academics, Elia has maintained remarkable involvement within her school including President of both the National Honor Society and Chinese Club. She is also Captain of the Golf team where she earned Most Valuable Player of 2017 and was the individual district champion. Elia has spent her high school career in the JROTC program where she is currently a Cadet Captain. Elia is the definition of a role model to her peers and her younger sister; she represents resilience and fierce determination no matter what circumstances may be. For these reasons, Elia will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall where she will enlist with Corps of Cadets with aspirations of one day becoming a commercial pilot. 


Lincoln High School
Earning honors within the Boys and Girls Club, being an active member in Speech, and also having a part-time job might sound like a busy schedule for some, but that didn’t stop Juwon Grant from thriving at Lincoln High School and becoming President of Lincoln High School’s Choir. Juwon has been a member of choir all four years of high school where he performs for both the community and the school. This first generation college student has never accepted loss as a failure, but an opportunity to learn. He looks to his mentor, Pastor Melvin Howell who has been an inspiration and influence on his life. Juwon strives take that guidance and be a positive role model for his three siblings. This fall, Juwon will attend The University of North Texas at Dallas and pursue a degree in supply chain management. 



Lincoln High School
Francheska is ranked sixth in her class at Lincoln High School, where she is a student in the Communications/Humanities magnet program. She has been in the Lincoln band all four years and is the French Horn section leader. Francheska also participated on the softball team. Through the Communications magnet, Francheska has written, directed and edited films in each of the last two Dallas International Film Festivals, as well as performed in the yearly DISD One-Act plays, from which she was picked to be in the all-star cast. In addition, she works 30 hours a week in retail. Francheska will attend Clark Atlanta University this fall, where she will major in mass media arts and focus on directing and producing.



WW Samuell High School
Tyra is a resilient, confident and gritty young woman thriving at W.W. Samuell High School. She is the senior class secretary, captain of the JV cheerleading team (which she only took up this year) and was captain of the volleyball team. Her leadership abilities are based on being a good communicator and treating others with empathy and kindness, evident in her plan to donate back her prom dress to Samuell for another young woman to use next year. On top of all her school activities, Tyra works 30 hours a week and commutes 20 miles a day each way to get to school and work. As the first UNT-Dallas Fairway to Success scholarship recipient, Tyra will pursue a degree in public health beginning this fall. 



Thomas Jefferson School
The fifth ranked student in her class, Sonya Soto has overcome all odds to find much success in her young life. As the editor-in-chief of the Thomas Jefferson yearbook, Sonya coordinated and edited the entire 2018 production. She is also the Vice President of the Chinese Club as well as a member of the Emerging Latino Leaders program and National Honor Society. In addition, she works 25 hours a week. Looking to her mother as her motivation, Sonya has developed an unmatched ambition to be successful in everything that she does. Her love of animals has led her to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in animal sciences, to become a veterinarian. 



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 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 2017-2018, the five-week after school golf program, conducted in the fall and spring, boasted high participation with 155 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 2018 Fairway to Success Banquet:

The Fairway to Success Program is supported by: