Scholarships

Scholarships

The Northern Texas PGA Foundation is pleased to continue its charitable commitment to higher education by announcing its 2020 scholarship recipients. 44 recipients earned scholarships totaling $417,000, the largest amount ever awarded in a single year by the Foundation.  Each scholarship awarded varied between $5,000 and $20,000. In addition, one student was awarded a “last dollar” full scholarship to the Foundation’s partner school, the University of North Texas at Dallas, valued at approximately $66,800 through the Deloitte / NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarship program. To learn more about the program our this year's recipients, please click HERE.
 
This year, of the scholarships awarded, 71% were based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement, while 29% were awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
 
Since 1983, the Northern Texas PGA Foundation has awarded $3.19M in college scholarships to more than 550 deserving students. Congratulations to all our 2020 scholarship recipients!

2020 NORTHERN TEXAS PGA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Taleah Washington



 

 

AT&T Byron Nelson Scholarship
Taleah Washington is a South Grand Prairie High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2017 to 2020. During high school, she was a part of the Golf team, Junior Advisory Committee, and Kindness Crew. Taleah was captain of her high school’s Women’s Golf team, graduated Cum Laude, and was named 2018 Star Athlete. She said her favorite memory from her time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was when she over-drove the ball on a par 4, and then chipped for an eagle out of the rough at a tournament at Rockwood Golf Course. Taleah plans to attend A&M University in the fall where she plans to play collegiate golf and study computer science.

 


Marissa Bhavsar



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Mike McMahan Scholarship
Marissa Bhavsar is a Hebron High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2016 to 2019. In high school, Marissa was a part of the varsity golf team, DECA, the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Student Council, and the National Charity League. She also served as captain of the golf team and recording secretary for the  National Charity League. Marissa received awards such as A honor-roll student, NCL Modelette Award, Academic All-State team member, and Second Team All-District Golf team member. Her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was a tournament at Gleneagles Country Club where she placed second after overcoming adversity and believing in her skills. Marissa plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall and will study computer science.



Sydney McConnell



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Mike Wright Scholarship
Sydney McConnell is a Robert E. Lee High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2012 to 2020. During high school, Sydney was a part of Golf, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Student Council, Chick Fil-A Leader Academy, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was captain of the Varsity golf team, an organizer and leader of community-wide school supply drives, and a leader of a marketing group for the 1 in 3 Foundation. Sydney received several honors throughout high school including A Honor Roll, Top 10% of her graduating class, Golf Freshman of the Year, and the Ralph Spence Award. She says her favorite memory from her time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in the Ben Hogan Junior Cup in 2018. She said it was easily the most fun tournament she ever played and loved when the NTPGA was down but brightened back to an eventual win in the alternate shot round. Sydney plans to attend the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in the fall where she plans to play collegiate golf and study business management.



Knox Wagoner



 

Ben Hogan Foundation / Pat & Kori Green Scholarship
Knox Wagoner is a Highland Park High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2014 to 2020. During high school, he was captain of the golf team, a Texas Boys State Delegate, Young Men's Service League vice president, and a Young Life junior leader. Knox received several honors including National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar, and Cornerstone Scholar-Athlete. Knox said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in an NTPGA All-American tournament at Harbour Lakes. Knox said he rode to the tournament with a friend, and the two of them had a blast. Neither of them won, but they had a great time. He said the NTPGA Junior Tour taught him that golf is not just about winning, it’s about the fun you have and the people you meet. Knox plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study business in the fall.



Daniela Rodriguez



 

Birdies for Kids Scholarship
Daniela Rodriguez is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. She was involved in community service and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society at T.J. Daniela participated in the NTPGA Foundation / Deloitte program called Fairway to Success, where she said she loved learning about golf, interacting with the coaching, and having fun. Daniela plans to attend Brookhaven College in the fall to study business.  



Logan Eagle



 

Briggs Berry Heart of a Lion Scholarship
Logan Eagle is a Granbury High School graduate and was a part of the Golf team, National Honor Society, Student Council, Teens Making a Difference, DECA, and various volunteer initiatives and groups. Throughout high school, Logan received several honors including 5-A Individual Champion, 5-A Team Champion, 5-A Champion, National Honor Society distinction, and Academic All-State in Golf. Logan plans to attend Blinn college in the fall where she will study sports management and marketing.



Jordan Davis



 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Jordan Davis is an Allen High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for seven years. During high school, he was a part of the golf team, soccer team, basketball team, and various community service groups and initiatives. He said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was when he made a bet with his playing partner to par the 18th hole or jump in the lake by the green. Jordan plans to attend Sam Houston State University in the fall and will study PGA Golf Management. 



Stephanie Lee



 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Stephanie Lee is a Carroll Senior High School graduate and was a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour for six years. During high school, Stephanie was a part of the varsity golf team, ASTRA Volunteering club, Carroll Medical Academy and the National Honor Society, and served as the varsity golf team captain. Stephanie received multiple honors in high school, including First-Team All-District member, Academic All-District student, First-Team All-State member, First-Team Academic All-State student, NTHSGCA honor team student, National Merit Scholar - Commended, AP Scholar with distinction, TOCFL top scorer, and AJGA scholastic honor roll. Stephanie said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was winning the Match Play Championship in 2018, which came down to her and her older sister in the final round. Stephanie will always remember the NTPGA Junior Tour for making her fall even more in love with the game of golf, making golf fun, and for developing great players. Stephanie plans to attend the United States Naval Academy in the fall to study cyber operations and play collegiate golf.  



Gabriella Tomanka



 

Cameron McCormick Golf Scholarship
Gabriella Tomanka is a Grapevine High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for eight years. She was a part of the Mustang Mentor group, the Spanish club, various volunteer initiatives and groups, and Swing for the Cure. Gabriella was captain of the Varsity Golf Team and achieved numerous school records individually including 5A High School Player of the Year, AP Scholar, Advanced Academics Booster Club Teacher’s Choice Award, Highest Performing Student, and Grapevine High School Legacy Award. Gabriella said being a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour gave her many amazing memories. One that stands out to her specifically was winning the match play championship at 13 years old. She feels fortunate to have had many opportunities to compete in match play as a junior golfer through the NTPGA Junior Tour. Gabriella plans to attend Clemson University in the fall to study business and play collegiate golf.



Allee Mainord



 

Ewing Automotive College Scholarship
Allee Mainord is a Stephenville High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2016 to 2020. During high school, she was a part of the varsity golf team, Health Occupation Students of America, Workforce In Training, Science club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Lions Club Community Service group, and United Way’s Community Outreach group. She was also Stephenville’s Health Occupation Students of America’s vice president, president, and treasurer, and president of the National Honor Society. Allee received several honors throughout high school including Academic All-District, Academic Elite All-State student, Golf Regional, and State qualifier, HOSA Pharmacology State qualifier, and Health Science Student of the Year. Allee said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing at the Tribute for the first time because it is one of her favorite courses. She plans to attend Berry College in the fall to study biochemistry and play collegiate golf.



Jovana Lara



 

Evelyn and Frank Borgsmiller Scholarship
Jovana Lara is a Lincoln High School graduate and was involved in Soccer, Cross Country, JROTC, Boys and Girls Club, Women Who Soar, and Volleyball. She was the defensive leader of her varsity soccer team and a spokesperson for her engineering program. Jovana received Defensive Player of the Year and perfect attendance honors during high school. Jovana said her favorite memory from participating in the NTPGA / Deloitte Fairway to Success Program was learning new golf techniques and having fun. Jovana plans to attend El Centro College in the fall where she will study nursing.



Carson Cusick



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Carson Cusick was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2012 to 2020 and is a Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduate. In high school, he was a member of the golf team, serving as co-captain, took part in community service, and was a founding member and president of the Jesuit Fantasy Football club. He received multiple golf team honors including the Jesuit 'Ranger Heart' award and the Jesuit 'Most Improved Golfer’. Carson says his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was his first win at Stewart Peninsula where he was wearing his orange Rickie Fowler outfit and his dad was caddying for him. Carson plans to attend the University of Arkansas in the fall where he will study business economics.



Garrett Hess



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Garrett Hess is a Muenster High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2016 to 2020. During high school, Garrett was involved in UIL Accounting, Journalism and Current Events teams, National Honor Society, Sacred Heart Youth Group, Football, Basketball, Golf, and various community service and volunteer groups. Garrett was also captain of the varsity football, golf, and basketball teams. He received several honors throughout high school including basketball and football Academic All-District member, UIL Golf Individual District Champion, 2-A Individual State Qualifier, and District Lineman of the Year. Garrett said his favorite memory of the NTPGA Junior Tour was when he made back to back eagles in an All American Tour event at Bridlewood. He says he will never forget moments like this and all the great people he met. Garrett plans to attend Texas Tech University and will study business marketing.



Mitchell Hudgens



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Mitchell Hudgens is a Lubbock-Cooper High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for six years. He said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was the opportunity to play a variety of excellent golf courses that he usually would not have had the chance to play. During his time in high school, Mitchell was a part of Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society, Varsity Golf, and Lakeridge United Methodist Church youth group. He received several honors in high school including UIL 5-A State Golf team medalist, First Team Academic All-State Golf, UIL Scholar, and Division Champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Junior-Ag Mechanics Show. Mitchell plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall and will study mechanical engineering.  



Malini Prasad



 

Holly & Doug Brooks Family Foundation Scholarship
Malini Prasad is a Reedy High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2013 to 2019. During high school, Malini was a part of the Golf team, Band, Model UN, and Girl Scouts. She was co-captain of the Golf team, Senior Band Representative, Concert Section Leader Principal Player, and a Model UN Media Chair. Malini received many awards in high school, including  Junior Varsity Golf team’s Most Valuable Player, A/B Honor Roll, AP Scholar with distinction, and the Bronze and Silver Girl Scouts awards. She said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing with girls she met through NTPGA at various tournaments. Malini plans to attend the University of Houston to study political science.



Drazell Washington



 

I AM a Golfer Foundation Scholarship
Drazell Washington is a Lincoln High School graduate and was an Education is Freedom (EIF) Scholar, All-Academic Achievement award winner, and was an active member of many teams and clubs. He took part in track and field, cross country, baseball, golf, tennis, and the Boys and Girls Club. Drazell said his favorite memory from participating in the NTPGA / Deloitte Fairway to Success program was when they played golf kickball and he dominated the defense. He plans to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in the fall and will study psychology.  



Javie Cerda



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Javie Cerda is a Brewer High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for five years. During high school, he was involved in student council, the golf team, and the National Honor Society. Javie was captain of the golf team and Student Council treasurer. Throughout high school, Javie received 1st team All-District honors, All-District Academic honors, and the Fred Reynolds award. Javie said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in tournaments and creating lifelong bonds with fellow players. He plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University to study finance and play collegiate golf.



Jamiee Copeland



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Jaimee Copeland is a graduate of Crowley High School and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for four years. During high school, she was a part of the Golf team, Choir, and a leader in her youth praise band. Jaimee said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was a tournament at Tangle Ridge, where she had an amazing day, score, and attitude. She completed the tournament with a new personal best record. Jaimee plans to attend Murray State College in the fall, studying agriculture and playing collegiate golf.



Wade Langley



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Wade Langley is a Winnsboro High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2009 to 2020. During high school, Wade was a part of the Golf team, Basketball team, Bass Fishing team, and Pine Street Baptist youth group. He was a youth leader at Pine Street Baptist Church and was captain of his golf team. He received several honors including Golf District Champion, Golf Team MVP, and Texas High School Bass Association Rookie of the Year. Wade said his favorite memory from his time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in two NTPGA Junior Cup events. He said being able to compete as a team representing the NTPGA against the STPGA was something he will never forget. He also enjoyed meeting a lot of great golfers and cheering on his teammates. Wade plans to attend Western Texas College in the fall where he will play collegiate golf and study business.



William Leslie



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
William Leslie is a New Diana High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2014 to 2018. During high school, William was a part of the National Honor Society, Unity and Diversity club, Chemistry club, and Athletes That Care. William also mentored younger children in his community through a program called ‘PALs’. William received several honors throughout high school including All-District golf team member, All-State linebacker, All-Academic student, and First-Team All-District for football. William said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was qualifying for championships and playing with some of his best friends. William plans to attend Texas State University in the fall to finance and play collegiate golf.  



Dawson Pruitt



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Dawson Pruitt is a Canton High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for three years. During high school, he was involved in the Leo club, Future Farmers of America, Choir, Speech and Debate team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track. Dawson was a leader on the Student Council, the National Honor Society, the Speech and Debate team, and his church’s praise team. He said his favorite memory during the NTPGA Junior Tour was when he finished a hole with a par at Eagles Bluff after teeing off with an iron. Dawson plans to attend Blinn College in the fall to study business marketing.



Taylor Saltzman



 

Jerry J. Ransom Scholarship
Taylor Saltzman was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2016 to 2020 and is a Ponder High School graduate. During high school, she was an active member of many clubs, took part in various activities, and received multiple honors. She was involved in golf, tennis, volleyball, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society. Taylor received honors such as the varsity girls golf individual regional qualifier and A-Honor Roll student. Taylor says her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was always having her dad by her side and experiencing her first triple bogey and birdie with him. Taylor plans to attend East Texas Baptist University in the fall as a nursing student.



Rebeca Altamirano



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Rebeca Altamirano is a graduate of the Early College High School program at W. W. Samuell High School and will be attending Texas A&M University as a first-generation student. At Texas A&M University, Rebeca will be a part of the College of Engineering and focus in either electrical engineering or environmental engineering. During her high school career, she participated in Debate and was the JV Captain, Academic Decathlon as the vice president, Mock Trial as the vice president, Upward Bound, Student Council as treasurer, National Honor Society, Golf, Spanish Honor Society and was Class President. In addition to all of the different activities she was involved with, Rebeca also managed to maintain a part-time job at a local shoe store.  



Jassiel Lorea



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Jassiel Lorea is a graduate of  W.W. Samuell High School and will be attending The University of North Texas to study computer science. Jassiel is a  first generation college student and hopes to set an example for his younger brothers. During his time in high school, he was  involved in clubs such as Chess, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), National Honor Society, Anime, and E-sports. Jassiel also enjoys fishing, gardening, and playing video games. 



Leikiys Palacios



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Leikiys Palacios is  a graduate of the first ever Early College High School program at Thomas Jefferson High School. In the fall she will be continuing her education at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, as a first-generation college student.  Leikiys was involved with the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and the Community Service group throughout high school. If she is not studying or volunteering, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies, or exercising.



Jesus Rodriguez



 

Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Scholarship
Jesus Rodriguez is a graduate of the Early College High School program at  W.W. Samuell High School and will be attending the University of North Texas at Dallas in the fall. Jesus is a first generation college student and is a role model for his younger siblings. During high school, he was able to become a dental assistant at a local dental office, which sparked his interest in Dentistry. Jesus hopes to become a dentist himself and open his own dental office in his community.



MacKenzie Kenney



 

Mac Spikes PGA Member Scholarship*
MacKenzie Kenny is a Lake Dallas High School graduate and was involved in multiple clubs and activities. During high school she was on the student council and  was involved in PALS (Peer Assistance and Leadership), Business Professionals of America, renaissance club, volleyball, falcon friends, Hickory Creek Helping Hands, and Hope Works Inc. MacKenzie plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall and will study early childhood education.



Jeremy Zhang



 

O'Brien Architects Scholarship
Jeremy Zhang is a Plano Senior High School graduate, was his class valedictorian, and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for two years. During high school, he was in the Coding club, the National Honor Society, and Chinese club. Along with being his class valedictorian, Jeremy was also a National AP Scholar. Jeremy said he enjoyed the unique challenges each course he played with the NTPGA Junior Tour presented, and is grateful to have played on some of the best golf courses. Jeremy plans to attend Harvard University in the fall, where he will study computer science.



Matthew Hanson



 

Randy Smith Scholarship
Matthew Hanson is a Longview High School graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for two years. He was a part of Theatre, Technology Student Association, Cheer, Texas Bank and Trust Student Board, National Honor Society, Interact Group, and Youth Group throughout high school. Matthew was Co-president of the LISD Theatre Department and Technology Student Association Senior Leader and received several honors including Award of Excellence for the Arts, UCS Cheer All-Star, UIL One-Act Play District, Bi-district and Area honors, and Technology Student Association Regional, State and National honors. Matthew said his favorite memory from his time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was practicing and spending time with his dad. Matthew plans to attend the University of Arkansas in the fall.



Kennedy Smith



 

Rob Norland Scholarship
Kennedy Smith is a Reedy High School graduate and was a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour for four years. During high school she was a part of the varsity golf team and the National Honor Society and was an active volunteer at her church’s nursery. She received multiple honors in high school, including the Reedy Perseverance Award and sophomore year golf team’s most valuable player. She also completed over 100 community service hours and was an honor graduate with a 4.0 GPA. Kennedy said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was receiving her first medal in a Medalist Tour event. She plans to attend Collin County Community College in the fall where she will begin studying nursing.



Coby Montalbano



 

Ronny Glanton / Dallas District Golf Association Scholarship
Coby Montalbano is a Leadership Prep School of Frisco graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for 13 years. During high school, he was a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, Golf, and Student Lighthouse and Peacekeepers group. Coby led groups to help build a better culture at his high school and mentored younger students. Coby was captain of his golf team and awarded the most Valuable Player. Coby said his favorite memory from his time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was meeting amazing new friends and growing those friendships while playing golf. Coby plans to attend Sam Houston State University in the fall where he will study business and PGA Golf Management.



Campbell Collins



 

Royal Oaks Country Club / Nicholas Stafford Scholarship
Campbell Collins is a St. Mark's School of Texas graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for four years. During high school, Campbell was in Choir, Golf, Basketball, A Cappella group, Student Council, Telos 8 Mentor Group, Fraternity Task Force Mentor Group, and community service organizations. He was Head Chorister, Co-President of his A Cappella Group, Student Council Class Representative, Telos 8 Co-President, and Golf Team Co-Captain. Throughout high school, Campbell received many honors including All-State Choir member, Golf Team Co-MVP, and High Honor Roll student. Campbell said his favorite memory from his time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco on the All American Tour. Campbell plans to attend Stanford University in the fall where he will study management science and engineering. 



Courtney Kang



 

Scottie Scheffler / RSM Birdies Fore Love Scholarship
Courtney Kang is an Ursuline Academy of Dallas graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for seven years. During high school, Courtney was a part of the Student Council, the Varsity Golf team, the Back to Space Program, the Walnut Hill Elementary School Tutoring program, and the Preston Hollow Elementary tutoring program. She was Varsity Golf team captain, Student Body president, Student Council class president, and a Back to Space student ambassador. Courtney received several honors in high school including Academic Dean’s List student, Dean of Students Conduct award, First Honor Roll, Physics Academic Award, and a silver medal in the National Spanish exam. Courtney said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was winning the Waterchase All American Tour tournament, where she dropped 14 strokes in two days. This was Courtney’s first All American Tour tournament and her first time shooting in the 70s. Courtney plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and will study environmental engineering.



Matthew Willner



 

Scottie Scheffler / RSM Birdies Fore Love Scholarship
Matthew Willner graduated in the top 10% of his class from Wakeland High School and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member from 2011 to 2020. During high school, Matthew was part of the varsity golf team, the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and the Young Men's Service League, where he served as the organization’s first ever president. Matthew said his favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing in golf tournaments with friends and competing with people he knew very well. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to study business. 



Trinity Malott



 

Sherrill Park Golf Course / Two Dad's & a Coach Scholarship
Trinity Malott is an L.V. Lloyd Berkner High School student. Trinity is involved in golf, film team, and junior achievement. Trinity is captain of her varsity golf team and was a golf district qualifier for regionals. Trinity said her favorite memory from her time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was playing with her best friends, on her favorite course, and having fun. Trinity will begin her senior year of high school in the fall but plans to study aerospace engineering and play collegiate golf in the future. 


Jessica Aguirre


The Ratliff Group Scholarship
Jessica Aguirre is a Grapevine High School graduate and has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2009. During high school, she was part of the Student Council and the Varsity Golf team. Jessica said her favorite memory from the NTPGA Junior Tour was making lifelong friends. She plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University in the fall to study business pre-law and play collegiate golf.  

 


Aspen Escamilla

West Texas Legends Scholarship honoring S.A. Smith, Hart Warren, Jay McClure and Sherwin Cox
Aspen Escamilla is a Trinity School of Midland graduate and was an NTPGA Junior Tour member for 10 years. She was involved in Golf and Midland Symphony Guild and was Chapel Prefect. Throughout high school, Aspen received several honors including Pack Art Award, Anne Lewis de Compiegne Art Award, and All-State Golf team member. She said her favorite memory from her time on the NTPGA Junior Tour was winning the series championship the same year as her sister and meeting so many friends. Aspen is undecided on where she will attend college but plans to play collegiate golf.  


* denotes - annually awarded to a child or grandchild of a Northern Texas PGA Member