Our Chapter offers college scholarships to our participants in need in partnership with the Palm Beach County Golf Association through Take Stock in Children and through the generous support of Trustee Jon Orszag.

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. For each student, comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

Our Chapter would like to express our sincere thanks to the sponsors and members of PBCGA for all their generous donations to this Scholarship Fund. Because of this support we are able to provide educational opportunities to deserving children from low income families.

The following bright students have received a tuition scholarship to attend the Florida state college of their choice.

Emily Valentine, Attending College/University


Emily continues to be actively involved in the community earning over 313 community service hours during her senior year of high school. She is a First Tee Scholar and is currently attending Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is majoring in business with a minor in marketing. She is member of the Women’s golf team and a Level 2 coach at The First Tee of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast. She is a 2015 Jupiter High School graduate.

Kristen Dodd, 12th Grade


Kristen is a member of the First Tee of the Palm Beaches and continues to be actively involved in the local community. She has earned over 400 community service hours. She enjoys reading and would like to major in criminal justice and minor in theater when she goes to college. She currently attends Palm Beach Lakes High School.

Ahmed Abou Bakr, 11th Grade


Ahmed recently joined the Take Stock program in 2015 and is a member of The the First Tee of the Palm Beaches. He is an extremely bright young man with a 3.0 GPA at Palm Beach Lakes High School. He has a passion for science and hopes to go on to become a neurosurgeon when he graduates college. He is a goal setter and is destined to become a successful college student.

Julian Obando, 8th Grade


Julian recently joined the Take Stock program in 2015 and is a member of The the First Tee of the Palm Beaches. He is an intelligent young man who excels in all of his subjects. He recently completed his last year of middle school and is moving onto high school to focus on his college goals, to become a dentist. Julian has an engaging personality that will indeed be an asset to him in future years. He is currently attending Jupiter Middle School.