Newman’s Taylor Collins selected The First Tee Scholar for 2018-19

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New Orleans – Taylor Collins from The First Tee of Greater New Orleans has earned the national designation of The First Tee Scholar – Class of 2018-2019.

Collins, 17, is a senior at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and is Captain of the Girls Golf team. She embodies the leadership skills and characteristics that define The First Tee Scholars. Active in The First Tee since 2009, she’s also participated in the USGA’s “Learning Science Through Golf” STEM Academy, coaches younger participants at the chapter and in January, was selected by her coaches as winner of the Responsibility Award for 2018. She is currently completing her ACE certification project within The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience curriculum.

Collins has numerous volunteer activities in the community, serving as Co-President of her schools Chinese Club, raising money to defray expenses of surgeries for Chinese children that come to the United States. She’s also a member of the Young Democrats and has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for eight years. In April, she’ll debut as a debutante in the 2019 14th Annual Pearls of Pride & Promise Cotillion hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter. The Sorority has a history of providing service to the community.

“Being selected as a First Tee National Scholar is so important to me because it shows how well rounded and talented The First Tee participants are. Personally, I value academics and athletics equally, so this award showcases the dedication and hard work I put towards both,” said Collins of her selection.

The First Tee, a youth development organization that introduces young people to the game of golf and its inherent values, recognizes participants for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement through <> The First Tee Scholars Program. The organization reached over 10 million young people in 2018.

Applications for The Scholars program are accepted once per year from seniors in high school who meet the minimum requirements and are scored by a committee at The First Tee’s headquarters in St. Augustine, FL. With this designation, Collins has the opportunity to apply for any educational scholarship programs offered through The First Tee to attend a participating college or university.

“Taylor is an amazing young lady. She’s been great to have involved in our programs over the past several years and we’re proud of everything she’s accomplished. She’s currently working towards her Ace certification, which less than 1% of all The First Tee participants accomplish, so that speaks to her level of dedication and commitment – she definitely has a bright future ahead of her,” said Chip Patterson, Executive Director at The First Tee of Greater New Orleans.

More than $7 million in college scholarship has been awarded to participants nation-wide by The First Tee Chapters and the home office since launching the Scholars program in 2003.

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans offers after-school and weekend programs at thirteen local golf facilities, in addition to providing outreach programs at elementary schools and recreation centers at more than 70 locations. The chapter is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019 and impacts over 30,000 young people each year. To register students ages 5-18 for spring programs, visit <>.

About The First Tee of Greater New Orleans:

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans ( is 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. Operating afterschool and outreach programs at over 70
locations, The First Tee of Greater New Orleans reaches over 30,000 young
people annually on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other
youth-serving agencies throughout the region.

Currently, nearly 40% of participants are females and over 60% are
minorities. Additionally, 40% of participants fall within the Federal
Poverty Guidelines and receive scholarships to participate in programs at no

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf
and its inherent values to more than 10.5 million young people in all 50
states and select international locations. The First Tee’s 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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