Seven members of Dallas ISD’s Class of 2018 have been awarded this year’s Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success scholarships.
Established in 2007, the Fairway to Success program annually awards scholarships to students based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and financial need. The program covers three DISD high schools – W.W. Samuell, Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln – and includes introducing students to golf and the life lessons of discipline, honor and integrity that are central to the game.
The students are Daniel Akwei (Jefferson), Ashley Crispin (Samuell), Elia Espinosa (Jefferson), Juwon Grant (Lincoln), Francheska Johnson (Lincoln) and Sonya Soto (Jefferson), each receiving a $20,000 scholarship. A new full, four-year scholarship to UNT Dallas, funded by the university, was awarded to Tyra Shockley (Samuell). Fairway to Success also includes mentorship to support scholarship recipients throughout their college careers.
“Fairway to Success gives those most in need a real opportunity to go to college,” said Jason Downing of Deloitte. “Even more than that, the program is invested in all of the participating students and sees that they have access to the tools and guidance our people can offer to help them on that pathway to success.”
UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said the university is proud to join the Fairway to Success scholarship program.
“Our growing urban university is built on the belief that everyone should have access to education, and that’s what this program is all about,” Mong said. “Congratulations to Tyra Shockley, who will receive a full four-year scholarship to UNTD, and congratulations to all of the scholarship winners from DISD.”
During the 2017-2018 school year, 155 DISD students took part in a five week after-school golf program in the fall and spring. They learned the basics of golf from PGA golf professionals, and graduating seniors who qualified by participating in the program had the chance to apply for the scholarships.So far, 51 DISD students have received the scholarships, now topping $1 million – funded by Deloitte partners, principals and professionals in North Texas.