Posted: 10/5/2012

The Coca-Cola Company Awards Scholarships to Five Participants of The First Tee

Experience included a trip to The Coca-Cola Company’s Headquarters and THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola

St. Augustine, Fla., (October 5, 2012) - Five participants from The First Tee, a youth development organization that introduces young people to the game of golf and its inherent values, were recently awarded scholarships from The Coca-Cola Company.

The participants, selected from a national pool based on their school grades, community involvement and essays, spent two days in Atlanta, Sept. 21-22, meeting with executives at The Coca-Cola Company and taking part in interviews to determine the winner of a $5,000 scholarship. The runner-up received a $3,500 scholarship and the three semifinalists were awarded $1,000 scholarships. In addition, the participants attended THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.

“As a Trustee of The First Tee, The Coca-Cola Company has provided wide-spread support for our programs and is dedicated to our efforts to positively impacting young people,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive of The First Tee. “We’re grateful for their support and generous scholarships for these participants.”

Recipients of the 2012 Coca-Cola America’s Future Scholarships:

  • Jensen Rubinstein ($5,000) – The First Tee of Charlotte
  • Sara Scarlett ($3,500) – The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
  • Reece Villarin Akana ($1,000) – The First Tee of San Diego
  • Bryon Tobin ($1,000) – The First Tee of Cleveland
  • Kalmina Wu ($1,000) – The First Tee of Silicon Valley

Since starting the Coca-Cola America’s Future Scholarship in 2008, nearly $50,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 25 participants of The First Tee.

For more information about The First Tee, visit

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About The First Tee
The First Tee (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and on military installations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 6.5 million young people in all 50 United States and six international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.

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