Officials at the Ben Hogan Foundation and Texas Wesleyan University have partnered to create an annual scholarship awarded to a candidate from The First Tee of Fort Worth, representatives of both organizations announced Wednesday.
The four-year partnership, valued at approximately $500,000, represents the largest privately funded scholarship program at the university. The Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, fees and books for each recipient, with costs shared by the foundation and the school. The scholarships will be renewed annually, with candidates selected by The First Tee of Fort Worth.
The scholarship program will pair recipients with a mentor from the Ben Hogan Foundation. The first two scholarship mentors will be Mark Kalpakis and Dean Williams.
Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation, said the collaborative venture “will change lives. It is a partnership that would make Mr. Hogan very proud.”
Frederick G. Slabach, president of Texas Weseleyan, said his school welcomes the opportunity to “help these motivated students use the lessons they’ve learned in First Tee to thrive in college.”
_ Jimmy Burch