Since its inception in 2004 the RBS Achievers of the Year Award, created by The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has recognized outstanding youth of The First Tee and helps fund their ongoing education after high school.
The program rewards deserving young people for accomplishments in their daily lives while overcoming difficult circumstances. This scholarship is not based on academic achievements or exceptional golf skills. The goal of the award is to positively impact youth by rewarding participants for exemplifying one or more of The First Tee Nine Core Values™.
*Pictured: The 2013 Achievers of the Year finalists and semifinalists
2015 RBS Achievers of the Year
The 2015 RBS Achievers of the Year Award event will take place Oct. 1-4 at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Congratulations to this year's finalists!
Michael Mahlberg - The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Ariana Saenz - The First Tee of Greater Houston
Robyn Battles - The First Tee of Fort Worth
Ronnie Caldwell - The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Carlo Carino - The First Tee of Greater New Orleans
Angelica Harris - The First Tee of Greater New Orleans
Sharaia Pierce - The First Tee of Greater Portland
Darren Schwartz - The First Tee of Delaware
Griffin Shahmanesh - The First Tee of Metropolitan New York
Grace Vaughan - The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties
Each year through an application process ten teens from The First Tee network are selected as RBS Achievers of the Year semifinalists.
Two of the ten winners are then named RBS Achievers of the Year finalists and receive a $15,000 award for ongoing education. Each of the eight semifinalists receive a $3,000 award to be used for ongoing education after high school.
"The RBS scholarship has meant the world to me. It has taken a big burden off me and my parents. It's allowed me to stay on campus so I don’t have to drive to school everyday and has helped me buy books. It's also helping me to go overseas to study this spring. I can't say enough what The First Tee and the RBS scholarship have done for me and my family."
-Dominic Ferrante, 2009 RBS Achiever of the Year Finalist