Oct. 19 2020 08:15 AM

Program to provide educational opportunities for the youth of First Tee looking to integrate their passions into science-based careers.

TruGreen, Memphis, Tennessee, and First Tee, St. Augustine, Florida, a youth development organization using golf as a catalyst for personal growth, entered into a new partnership supporting the expansion of the First Tee College Scholarship Program to include alumni pursuing careers in agronomy, plant science and other science-based professions.

With TruGreen as a trustee, this program expansion will provide First Tee alumni with valuable opportunities to incorporate their learnings and leadership development into a career in the sciences. The First Tee College Scholarship Program pairs First Tee alumni with dedicated, trained adult mentors who help encourage and guide them throughout the college experience, including virtual and in-person meetups. TruGreen associates will serve as mentors and contribute to professional development and educational sessions, helping share industry knowledge and science-based expertise with the students. The program also provides scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for four years and scholars will receive assistance with internships and full-time employment placement post-graduation.

“At TruGreen, we’re committed to our mission to Live Life Outside through the local expertise we offer our customers, along with our contributions to local communities,” says John Cowles, president and CEO of TruGreen. “Our partnership with First Tee allows us to support deserving students across the country as they pursue their dreams of higher education while sharing our love of the outdoors with the next generation of leaders.”

At the end of September, TruGreen previewed its commitment to First Tee with an $80,000 donation to First Tee – Greater Philadelphia to support their Drive for the Future Initiative. With this contribution, the John F. Byrne Golf Club will be transformed into an innovative outdoor classroom, serving as the heart of First Tee’s educational and character development programs in northeast Philadelphia.

“Pursuing a college degree is both competitive and challenging for today’s graduating high school students,” says Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “We're grateful for TruGreen’s commitment to young adults through our First Tee College Scholarship Program. Through this meaningful partnership, we will be able to support additional First Tee alumni through their college experience while leveraging the vast resources of TruGreen and its dedicated employees.”

Applications will open to First Tee students in early 2021.