Scholarships

Scholarships

The Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation is pleased to continue its charitable commitment to higher education through its Scholarship Program by awarding $305,000 in scholarships to 43 deserving students. Of these 43 students, six were awarded $20,000 Deloitte / NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarships, and one student received the first ever University of North Texas at Dallas / NTPGA Fairway to Success fully funded scholarship. To learn more about these scholarships and the students who received them, click here.

The following 36 students were awarded scholarships based on their financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
 

2018 NTPGA JUNIOR GOLF FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Omar Arriaga



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Omar Arriaga is a 2018 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School where he was co-captain of the varsity golf team, vice president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the band. Throughout high school he also found ways to give back to his community, serving as a volunteer with the school and a volunteer student leader with the King of Glory Assembly of God. This fall, he will attend Texas A&M University.

 


Anthony Basta



 

Royal Oaks Country Club / Nicholas Stafford Scholarship
Anthony Basta is a 2018 graduate of Allen High School where he was a member of Key Club and the National Honor Society, serving as an officer from 2016 to 2018. Throughout high school he also volunteered at Texas Health Presbyterian, performing over 90 hours of community service and was a member of the Woodfin Shadowing Program. He was also awarded as a certified first degree black belt in Taekwondo in 2014. Anthony was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2012 to 2016 and in 2018. This fall, he will attend Washington University in St. Louis. 



Lauren Blackburn



 

AT&T Byron Nelson Scholarship
Lauren Blackburn is a 2018 graduate of McKinney Boyd High School. There, she was a member of the drill team and the Bailadoras, achieving the National Grand Championship Award twice. Lauren also performed over 100 hours of community service to earn her green cord by working at her local library and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship. In the fall, Lauren will attend Texas Woman’s University where she will pursue a degree in History with a goal of achieving a Masters in Library Science and eventually becoming a librarian. 



Herlin Bonilla



 

NTPGA Scholarship, Supported by AT&T
Herlin Bonilla is a 2018 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School where she was a member of the varsity marching and concert band and the varsity cheerleading team. She was also involved in the National Honor Society and AVID, and served as a patriot ambassador where she mentored students and advocated for school spirit by promoting events. In the fall, she will attend either Texas Woman’s University or University of Texas at Arlington.



Malak Bouraeda



 

Tony Martinez / Dallas District Golf Association Scholarship
Malak Bouraeda is a 2018 graduate of Carroll Senior High School, where she played as a member of the golf team for four years and qualified for state three times. She also served as an honorary captain her freshman year and a co-captain her senior year. Malak was a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour from 2010 to 2015 and in 2018. In the fall, she will be attending University of Colorado at Boulder where she will be playing as a member of the golf team while pursuing her degree. 



Sadie Bow



 

Ewing Automotive College Scholarship
Sadie Bow is a 2018 graduate of Happy High School, where she held a variety of leadership positions in both the Future Farmers of America and Student Council while achieving a 3.964 GPA. She was also a member of UIL Academics and Sports, and attended the Texas Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference, serving as a counselor in 2017. Sadie is also involved with Cowboy 4-H serving as the president from 2017 to 2018 as well as serving as a youth council representative for Happy First United Methodist Youth Group. She was a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour in 2011 and 2018. In the fall, Sadie will be attending West Texas A&M University.



Abbey Bryan



 

Birdies for Kids Scholarship
Abbey Bryan is a 2018 graduate of Big Spring High School. During high school, she was a member of the golf team, marching and concert band, and served as president of the National Honor Society. Abbey was also the 2016 golf district champion and was recognized as an all-state band member from 2016 to 2018. She also achieved a 5.61 GPA and graduated ranked first in her class. Abbey has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2011. In the fall, she will attend Texas A&M University. 



Megan Daleo



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Megan Daleo is a 2018 graduate of Plano Senior High School, where she was a member of the varsity golf team and served as captain during her senior year. Throughout high school she was also a member of the choir and held several part-time jobs while achieving a 3.9 GPA. Megan has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2015. In the fall, she will be attending Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, where she will play collegiate golf while pursuing her degree. 



Ranger Donnell



 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Ranger Donnell is a 2018 graduate of Seymour High School, where he was a member of the varsity golf team, serving as a captain during his senior year. He was also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and Spanish Club. Ranger has also been involved with 4-H since 2009 and has served in several leadership positions, including secretary and vice president of the Senior Ambassador Club during the 2017-18 school year. Ranger has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2014. In the fall, he will be attending Hardin-Simmons University.



Cullen Embry



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Mark and Katie Kalpakis Scholarship
Cullen Embry is a 2018 graduate of J.J. Pearce High School, where he was a member of the varsity golf team and the National Honor Society, and served as the president of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) from 2016 to 2017. He was also involved with the J.J Pearce Wranglers, serving as a pacesetter escort, and performed in a variety of lead and supporting roles with the J.J. Pearce Theatre all while achieving a 3.91 GPA. He also participated in the North Dallas Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, performing over 100 hours of community service and serving as first vice president for the senior class. Cullen has also been involved with the Prestonwood Baptist Church youth group and youth choir serving on a variety of mission trips and the student ministry leadership team. Cullen has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2012. This fall, he will attend Baylor University as a member of the honors college.



Austin Escamilla



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Jeff and Suzanne Mooney Scholarship
Austin Escamilla is a 2018 graduate of Trinity School of Midland, where he was a member of the golf team and served as captain his sophomore to senior year, and achieved a state championship for his division as an individual player in 2017 and 2018. He was also highly involved in the choir, school musical productions and student council, serving as student body president his senior year all while achieving a 4.04 GPA. Austin also volunteered with the Salvation Army and planned a fundraising day at his high school which set the Midland-Odessa single-day bucket fundraising record for the 2017-18 school year. He has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2008. In the fall, he will attend Rice University where he will play on the golf team while pursuing his degree.


Payton Freeman

S.A. Smith West Texas Invitational / Frost Bank Scholarship
Payton Freeman is a 2018 graduate of White Deer High School, where he graduated 3rd in his class. Throughout school he was an active member in his community, was president of the National Honor Society, and was captain of the football, basketball, golf, and cross country teams. Payton has been an NTPGA Junior Tour Member since 2012. He plans to attend Lubbock Christian University in the fall to study pre-physical therapy.



Emma French



 

Tanos Exploration II / Patterson-UTI Drilling Texas State Open Scholarship
Emma French is a 2018 graduate of The Brook Hill School where she was a member of the varsity golf team, serving as a captain from 2016 to 2018. She was also a member of the Key Club, Athletic Leadership Council, science UIL academic team and served as drill team captain her senior year. She did all of this while achieving a 3.93 GPA. Emma has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2015. This fall, she will attend Williams Baptist University in Lawrence Country, Arkansas to play collegiate golf while pursuing her degree. 



David Garcia



 

NTPGA Scholarship, Supported by AT&T
David Garcia is a 2018 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School where he was a member of the track team, the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He also served as a patriot ambassador, helping to improve school spirit through a variety of events. David also served as class president his sophomore year. In the fall, he will attend either the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University. 



Justin Gatlin



 

Randy Smith Scholarship
Justin Gatlin is a 2018 graduate of Athens High School. While at Athens, he was a member of the varsity golf team, the Future Farmers of America, the National Honor Society, and served as the treasurer of the fishing team. Justin has also been involved with 4-H since 2008, serving in a variety of leadership roles including serving as president for the 2017-18 school year. He was also awarded the County 4-H Gold Star award in 2017. He has given back to his community through a wide variety of service projects with the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and the Rainbow Room. Justin was an NTPGA Junior Tour member in 2012, and from 2014 to 2018. This fall, he will attend Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in Agribusiness with the goal of one day becoming a wildlife game warden. 



Brooks Glanton



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Brooks Glanton, son of 2018 NTPGA President Ronny Glanton, is a 2018 graduate of Trinity Christian Academy. There, he was a member of the varsity golf team, the swim team and the track team, serving as a captain of the track team his senior year. He was also highly involved with the Student Council, serving as class president his sophomore and junior years, and student body president his senior year. Brooks has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2015. In the fall, he will attend the University of Oklahoma to run track while pursuing his degree. 



Jalen Gonzales



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Jalen Gonzales is a 2018 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School where she was a member of the varsity golf team, the softball team, and served as treasurer for the student council. Throughout high school she also served as a host for early college recruitment, helping with interviews and presentations. This fall, she will attend University of North Texas. 



Connor Howard



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Connor Howard is a 2018 graduate of Hallsville High School, where she was a member of the varsity golf team and served as team captain all four years. Connor was also a member of the National Honor Society and a youth group leader at Macedonia Baptist Church while achieving a 3.97 GPA. She is also an active member of The First Tee of The Piney Woods, serving as a junior coach and mentor as well as president of The First Tee junior committee board. Connor has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2013. In the fall, she will attend the University of Texas at Arlington where she will play golf while pursuing her degree. 



Karli Livingston



 

The Veritex Bank Scholarship
Karli Livingston is a 2018 graduate of Grapevine High School. There, she was a member of the golf team for four years and served as president of the National Art Honor Society. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and served as the representative for her class to the Parent-Teacher-Student Association all while achieving a 5.31 GPA. Karli has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2015. In the fall, she will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. 



Naila Lopez



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Naila Lopez is a 2018 graduate of Lincoln High School where she played golf and was a member of the JROTC, National Honor Society and Geo Club. She was also accepted into Lincoln’s Health Prep Program, where she was able to learn about different medical fields for five weeks during the school year. This fall, she will attend University of North Texas at Dallas with the hopes of graduating with a double major in Accounting and Nursing. 



Finn Maguire



 

McMillan Golf Academy Scholarship
Finn Maguire is a 2018 graduate of Jesuit College Prep where he was a member of the track team and Jesuit Basketball Association. He also served as an ambassador, providing tours and information to Jesuit visitors, and as a big brother, helping incoming freshmen transition smoothly into high school. He was also selected as one of 10 Jesuit students to serve on a Peru Immersion Trip, participating in a variety of service activities while visiting the country. Finn has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2009. This fall, he will attend the University of Arkansas. 



Zoe Mayfield



 

Ewing Automotive College Scholarship
Zoe Mayfield is a 2018 graduate of Spring Hill High School, where she was a captain of the varsity girls golf team and a member of the National Honor Society. Throughout high school she also held part-time jobs at Fisherman’s Market and The Institute for Healthy Living. Zoe has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2013. In the fall, Zoe will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler where she will be playing on the golf team while pursuing her degree. 



Maria Medina



 

NTPGA Scholarship, Supported by AT&T
Maria Medina is a 2018 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School. There, she was manager of the wrestling team, co-vice president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Upward Bound program. She also performed 40 hours of community service throughout high school and was an intern with Eastfield College in the summer of 2017. Maria is ranked 3rd in her class with a 4.20 GPA. This fall, she will attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Sport Management. 



Mateo Mejia



 

Briggs Berry Heart of a Lion Scholarship
Mateo Mejia, a 2018 high school graduate, played as a varsity golfer under Texas Homeschool Educators Sports Association and as a founding member of the varsity Homeschool Athletic Association team in 2016. Mateo also participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Dallas Leadership Initiative while holding part-time jobs working for the Frisco Soccer Association, Westridge Golf Course and 316 Apparel. He also gave back to his community by serving as a leader in his youth group and a mentor to younger kids. Mateo has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2011. This fall, he will attend Dallas Baptist University.



Sandra Moreno



 

I AM Scholarship
Sandra Moreno is a 2018 graduate of Lincoln High School where she served as secretary for the senior class and president of the Dallas Dedicated Divas. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and the varsity soccer team, serving as captain of the defense. Sandra also held part-time jobs at Sonic and 7-Eleven. This fall, she will attend University of North Texas.



Brendan O'Connell



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Robert Stennett Scholarship
Brendan O’Connell is a 2018 graduate of Fort Worth Country Day, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team, golf team and the robotics club. Throughout high school he was also self-employed as a photographer and videographer, going on to win first place in the Timed Exposure Category and second place in the Landscapes Category at the 2017 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest. He also participated in the GeoX Full-Scholarship Summer Program at Texas A&M University's College of Geosciences, and the Abbey Road Spanish Immersion program, spending a one-month homestay in Cádiz, Spain. Brendan also served as the President of The First Tee of Fort Worth Junior Advisory Committee during his senior year. He has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2011. Brendan will be taking a gap year to travel to Ireland before attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in the fall of 2019.



Maria Ortiz



 

NTPGA Scholarship, Supported by AT&T
Maria Ortiz is a 2018 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. There, she was a participant in Junior World Affairs, a delegate for Model UN, and a member of student council and yoga club. She was also involved in Principles of Hospitality, Tourism and Community in Schools. In the fall, she will attend University of North Texas at Dallas to major in Nursing. Her goal is to eventually return to her home country of Mexico to build clinics and schools to educate people on the importance of taking care of their health and receiving an education. 



Nolan Otto



 

West Texas Legends Scholarship honoring S.A. Smith, Hart Warren, Jay McClure and Sherwin Cox
Nolan Otto is a 2018 graduate of Big Spring High School, where he was a member of the varsity golf team, serving as captain his sophomore through senior year. He was also involved in varsity choir and served as vice president of the National Honor Society. Nolan was also highly involved in the Hillcrest Baptist Church Youth Group participating in a variety of community service projects and serving on mission trips. He has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2013. In the fall, he will attend University of Texas of the Permian Basin to play collegiate golf while pursuing his degree.



Matt Prieskorn



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Matt Prieskorn is a 2018 graduate of Texas High School where he was a member of the Student Council, accumulating over 890 hours of leadership and community service. He was also a member of the varsity golf team, serving as captain his junior and senior year, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Matt also served as chief fundraising officer for the Texas Association of Student Council his junior and senior year, where he was responsible for raising funds for the State Student Council Conference. He has also given back to the community by volunteering with the Special Olympics and Community Cafe. Matt has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2009. In the fall, he will attend Dallas Baptist University to play collegiate golf while pursuing a degree in finance.



Gabrielle Rosas



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Gabrielle is a 2018 graduate of Tascosa High School where she played on the varsity girls golf team, served as an executive officer for the Student Council, vice president for the spanish club and was a member of the orchestra. She also served as the youth leadership cabinet representative as a United Way student ambassador. Gabrielle was also awarded several honors throughout high school including being a Superintendent's Scholar for 7 semesters by achieving a grade of 95+ in every subject. She has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2016. In the fall, Gabrielle will attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Engineering. 



Sara Schuster



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Sara Schuster is a 2018 graduate of McKinney Boyd High School, where she was a member of the varsity golf team for four years. She also served as president of choir, co-president of the Energy & Environment Committee in the Student Council, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Sara is also a 3-time recipient of a green cord, for performing a minimum of 100 volunteer hours in one year. Sara has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2015. In the fall, Sara will attend Austin College in Sherman, Texas. 



Lauren Wallace



 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Lauren Wallace is a 2018 graduate of Timber Creek High School. During her time at Timber Creek, she was a member of the varsity golf team, varsity soccer team, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, and varsity choir all while achieving a 4.0 GPA. Throughout high school she was also a goalkeeper for Select Club FC, an associate and referee at Blue Sky Soccer Complex, and a volunteer at Triple Cross Cowboy Church, which allowed her to take part in several mission trips. In the fall, Lauren will be attending Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. 



Victoria Williams



 

Mac Spikes PGA Member Scholarship
Victoria Williams, daughter of PGA Professional Chad Williams, is a 2018 graduate of James Martin High School. There, she was a member of the Key Club, the Symphony Full Orchestra and served as vice president of community service projects for the Latin Club. She also served as the secretary for the Future Farmers of America all while achieving a 3.89 GPA. Victoria has also performed and competed in equestrian competitions since 2011. In the fall, Victoria will attend Texas A&M University. 


Hillmon Woods


I AM Scholarship
Hillmon Woods is a 2018 graduate of W.W. Samuell High School. His passion for music is evident as he served as drum captain in his high school band and performed as a church musician. He is also a member of the Dallas Mass band, an all-star band comprised of middle school students to college alumni who compete in summer band competitions. Hillmon is also involved with Young Life and serves as a Sunday school youth superintendent, assisting in conducting and teaching Sunday school lessons. In the fall, he will attend Prairie View A&M University. 


Phoebe Yuan

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Phoebe Yuan is a 2018 graduate of Allen High School, where she was a member of the varsity golf team, serving as a captain her senior year, and qualified for state three times. She was also a founding member of the Astronomy Club. Phoebe has given back to the community through a variety of service projects, including serving as a classroom assistant for the 2nd grade at Stonebriar Community Church and a volunteer for Allen High School junior golf camps. She has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2007. In the fall, she will attend The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where she will play collegiate golf while pursuing her degree. 


Emily Zhou

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Emily Zhou is a 2018 graduate of Carroll Senior High School, where she was a member of the varsity golf team, advancing to the state championship her freshman and sophomore years, and served as captain her junior year. She also served as secretary for the National Honor Society and vice president for the CARE Club, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Emily also spent two weeks in July of 2016 as a volunteer English teacher in China, teaching English to underprivileged Chinese students. She has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2009. This fall, she will attend the University of Texas at Austin.