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 2019, $1,253,600 in scholarships have been awarded to 58 recipients. 56 students have each been awarded a $20,000 scholarship. 100% of these scholarships have been funded over the past 13 years from Deloitte partners, pricipals, directors and personnel in North Texas through a scholarship endowment. In addition, two "last dollar" full scholarships totaling approximately $133,600 have also been awarded by UNT Dallas. 

This school year, 75 seniors from the three high schools submitted scholarships applications, and six students were selected as 2019 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 $40,000 in NTPGA Foundation scholarships thanks in part to support from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation.





Thomas Jefferson High School
Hector Diaz, who is ranked 3rd in his class, will be the second member of his family to graduate from high school. He served as the team captain for the varsity football team and during halftime would perform in the marching band, both his junior and senior year. During his involvement with the band, Hector earned an All-State title as a Solo & Ensemble Percussionist three times. During his senior year, he became involved with National Honor Society and was elected as President. When Hector was not involved with band, wrestling, football, National Honor Society or Math UIL, he was working for his grandfather’s company, Harry H. Price and Son. He was able to help his grandfather’s company become more effective in business practices by introducing new processing systems for invoicing and inventory. Hector is looking to double major in Political Science & Business Administration at Austin College. If he is not busy with his studies, you will be able to find Hector on the field playing football for the Kangaroos.



W.W. Samuell High School
Aracely Escobar is very passionate about learning which is shown by being ranked 3rd in her class. She will also be a graduate of the Early College High School program offered through W.W. Samuell. As she will already have completed 65 credits and earned her associate’s degree, she is very excited to be on campus to meet new people and be introduced to new cultures. Every Sunday, she serves the Junior Master Server at her church, which means she is an assistant to the father of the church. Her involvement with school includes being a member in student council and TRIO, a talent search program. Aracely has held multiple leadership positions throughout her high school career, such as serving as the co-secretary for National Honor Society and the 1st Lieutenant of the Starlets Drill Team. She will be attending the University of North Texas at Dallas to pursue a degree in education and plans to become a math teacher.



W.W. Samuell High School
While in high school, Salma Gonzalez became involved with the Autism Treatment Center in Dallas and completed an internship with them this past summer. Through the internship, she grew an interest in Special Education and decided that would be what she studied in college. Salma will also be completing another internship this summer working with students from kindergarten to sixth grade. Her involvement shows her passion for helping children in her community. Salma serves as the President of the Early College High School students and will also be graduating with her associate’s degree from Eastfield College. She is heavily involved within her community serving as a group leader at church or assisting with the Salvation Army Corps. Salma will be pursuing her Education degree this fall as this year’s UNT-Dallas Fairway to Success scholarship recipient and will be a first generation college student.


Lincoln High School
Naomi Jones can be found spending her free time reading if she is not working, studying or being involved with school. She currently serves as the class President for Lincoln High School. Naomi is very involved with the Radio/TV program at Lincoln and serves as a videographer for the soccer and baseball teams. Her responsibilities as the head media producer is to film, edit, and produce quality video footage. She has participated on the academic decathlon team junior and senior year, winning gold medals in multiple categories. Naomi has interned at the Dallas Public Library, as well as at Oncor Electric Delivery. She is currently working at a local YMCA in the child watch program. Naomi will be attending the University of North Texas at Denton as a first generation college student and plans to study Public Relations. 



W.W. Samuell High School
Yobesh Ogari Okero immigrated to the United States in 2011 from Kenya. His journey has taught him to value everything he has encountered so far. If Yobesh was not kept busy with his duties in National Honor Society, you could find him either running on the track or field for cross country. He was President of the Track & Field team, as well as Co-Captain of the Cross Country team, and has served as both Vice President and President of W.W. Samuell’s National Honor Society. Through these many activities, Yobesh was also the President of the UIL Math & Science team for W.W. Samuell. He also participated in JROTC all four years of high school. Yobesh is excited to continue his education at Texas Tech University to study Mechanical Engineering and has ambitions to one day receive his Ph.D.



Thomas Jefferson High School
Miriam Resendez-Ortiz is ranked 8th in her class at Thomas Jefferson High School, and during her high school career she has been involved with a variety of clubs and has held multiple leadership positions. Miriam has been involved with the Thomas Jefferson band all four years and this past year held the prestigious position of being the drum major while also serving as the secretary on the band council. She’s also the captain of the debate team and president of mock trial. On top of her other various leadership positions, Miriam also serves as the treasurer for the student council and is a member of National Honor Society. Miriam wants to provide a positive change as she pursues her degree in Early Childhood Education. She grew her interest in education after volunteering at Walnut Hill Elementary. Miriam will continue her education this fall at University of North Texas at Denton.  



Lincoln High School
Gerrick Walker is ranked 3rd in his class and attended St. Anthony’s up until high school when he ultimately choose to switch to DISD to attend the Radio/TV program at Lincoln High School. He was in charge of editing and creating videos for various school programs. Gerrick also decided to join the golf team during his senior year after gaining interest in the game and being a part of the Fairway to Success program. Community involvement is a strong passion of his, whether it was volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club or helping at his grandfather’s church. On top of being involved with his community, Gerrick has maintained two jobs as well as working as an intern with The Black Academy of Arts & Letters. He will be attending the University of North Texas at Denton and is planning to study either Logistics or Radio/TV.  



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 introducing 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 2018-2019, the five-week after school golf program, conducted in the fall and spring, 223 DISD high school students were introduced to the game 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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