The 2015-2016 high school Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winner is Sarah Maynard, a senior at Peaster High School. Maynard’s ability to play sports changed drastically when an automobile accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. After a four month hospital stay, countless hours of physical therapy, the encouragement of family, friends and coaches, and most importantly, her own self-determination, Maynard began her journey back into sports. While things look a little different now that she is in a wheelchair, she persevered. Since the accident, Maynard joined a wheelchair basketball team, advanced to the UIL state tournament for sitting shot-put where she earned the bronze medal and also made the All American Paralympic team.
The Ben Hogan Foundation is proud to partner with some great organizations to offer both partial and full scholarship opportunities for young men and women wishing to pursue a college education. Firstly, the Ben Hogan Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine to offer the Ben Hogan Perseverance Award. In addition, the Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship is a full scholarship to Texas Wesleyan University. It is renewable for four years, given the recipients’ academic performance and conduct. In partnership with the Northern Texas Professional Golfers Association (NTPGA), the Ben Hogan Foundation also offers partial scholarships to deserving young adults. Recipients may attend the college of their choice with this scholarship.
BEN HOGAN PERSEVERANCE AWARD
Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and the Ben Hogan Foundation presented the inaugural Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance and $20,000 in scholarships to a high school student and a collegiate athlete at the Ben Hogan Foundation breakfast on May 6 at the Ben Hogan Learning Center at The First Tee.
In honor of Ben Hogan’s devotion to the game of golf and his determination to control his own destiny, Texas Health Ben Hogan and the Ben Hogan Foundation have come together to honor athletes with that same determination. The Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance will annually recognize students, in high school and college, who have overcome adversity or injury to return and excel in their respective sport(s).
“Perhaps there is no more iconic figure in the history of sports that epitomized an individual ‘persevering’ in life,” said Robert Stennett, CEO of the Ben Hogan Foundation. “We believe Mr. Hogan would be very proud of these two young adults who overcame significant challenges and persevered.”
Thanks to the generous support of community donors including Balfour Beatty, Dee J. Kelly Foundation, Frost Bank and Hillwood, the $10,000 Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance will be given to each athlete and then divided equally between the athlete and the athlete’s school/university, each receiving $5,000. The athletes must use the award to fund his/her education.
Though she has accomplished and overcome so much, Maynard still has big plans for the future. “Sugar and spice, obstacles and strife; that’s what life is made of,” said Maynard. “Without them, we would be strangers to ourselves and shadows of the people we could have become.”
The 2015-2016 collegiate Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winner is Jamakia Hughes from the University of Texas Arlington. Hughes waited two long years to finally get back on the basketball court after enduring an ACL injury and NCAA transfer rules. Unfortunately, after only two practices, Hughes endured another traumatic injury, essentially tearing everything in her knee. Sixteen challenging months after the initial injury and four disheartening surgeries later, Hughes finally became completely cleared for full activity with no restrictions. Hughes is thrilled to be back on the court and looking forward to next season.
Take a major growing university (Texas Wesleyan University), a charitable foundation (the Ben Hogan Foundation), a successful business person (the Mentor), and a young person from The First Tee of Fort Worth, and you have one of the most unique partnerships in all the world. That is exactly what we did with the Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship. For a young person participating in The First Tee of Fort Worth, it represents an opportunity for a full, renewable scholarship that includes all books, fees and tuition for four years of college. For a mentor, it represents an opportunity to give back to the community and be personally involved with the formal education of a young adult. For Texas Wesleyan University, it represents an opportunity to bring some of the best and brightest young adults into their university while partnering with one of the premier foundations in America. For the Ben Hogan Foundation, it furthers our mission of providing scholarships to deserving young adults.
This four-year model agreement with Texas Wesleyan University will give the Ben Hogan Foundation an opportunity to send a minimum of five (5) First Tee kids to college over the next eight years, and hopefully many more. It is also very unique in that 100 percent of the mentor’s donation goes directly to funding their scholarship. Congratulations to our first two recipients: Ms. Jacey Patton and Mr. Anthony Harper, III. Jacey was recognized on May 15, 2017 by the Hogan Foundation for being a 2017 NAIA Scholar Athlete.
The Ben Hogan Foundation winner for the 2015 Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship is Mr. Conner Parish.
Conner was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He became a part of The First Tee of Fort Worth to enhance his golfing ability, but ended getting much more from The First Tee than he expected. He is the immediate past president of the Junior Advisory Committee and has been very involved in various community service activities. Conner is pursuing a Bachelors in Business Management and Finance at Texas Wesleyan University. Conner’s mentor for this scholarship will be Mr. Robert Stennett.
The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship – Mr. Josh Hinojosa.
Josh was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He joined The First Tee of Fort Worth when he was 5 years old, and was a member for 13 years. He was homeschooled and lettered all four years on his High School baseball team. Josh taught himself guitar and played in the youth group band at his church. He was very active in his youth group, and went on several mission trips, including 3 terms at Camp Barnabas, and an LST trip to Beijing, China. Josh will be attending Texas Wesleyan with a major in General Business. Josh’s mentor for this scholarship will be Mr. Jason Snider.
Northern Texas Professional Golfers Association (NTPGA)
The Ben Hogan Foundation is proud to partner with the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation to provide educational opportunities for our youth. Although Mr. Hogan did not have the opportunity to pursue his education due to economic misfortunes, he always realized the importance of a formal education and the positive impact that it has on a young person’s life. It is in this spirit that the Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to provide educational opportunities for young adults wishing to obtain a college education.
BEN HOGAN NTPGA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Ben Hogan/Pat and Kori Green Scholarship
University of Texas at Austin
Mark Miller is a 2016 graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School where he was student body president, co-captain of the varsity golf team and a Texas Boys State delegate while maintaining a 5.1 GPA. He has been an active member of the Boy Scouts since 7th grade and earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2015. Mark plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in civil engineering while also participating in the Naval ROTC program there.
Ben Hogan/David and Elizabeth Durham Scholarship
Texas Southern University
Lucas Elliott is a 2016 graduate of Granbury High School where he was a member of the varsity golf team, National Honor Society, and treasurer of the Future Farmers of America while maintaining a 4.2 GPA. He will be attending Texas Southern University where he will be playing golf and pursuing a degree in general business.
Ben Hogan/Gary and Judy Strong Scholarship
University of Southern California
Zachary Begland is a 2016 graduate of Coppell High School where he was president of the National Honor Society, a member of the varsity golf team and a National AP Scholar. He maintained a 5.5 GPA and was ranked tenth out of 780 students in his graduating class. He will be attending the University of Southern California – Los Angeles in pursuit of a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in finance.
Ben Hogan/John & Cami Goff Scholarship
University of Auburn
Dudley is a 2015 graduate of Highland Park High School where he was a student ambassador and member of the varsity golf team while maintaining a 4.12 GPA. Dudley earned the Presidential Service Award for 100+ community service hours in a year during his sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. Dudley will be attending the University of Auburn on the Presidential Scholarship and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Business.
Ben Hogan/Pat & Kori Green Scholarship
Eric is a 2015 graduate of Hebron High School where he was the captain of the varsity golf team, member of the National Honor Society, and a Texas Boys State delegate. He will be attending Bethany College in Lindsberg, KS, where he will be playing golf and majoring in Business / Marketing.
Ben Hogan/Sharon Rea Scholarship
Texas A&M University
Lindsey just completed her freshman year at Lubbock Christian University where she is a member of the women’s golf team and is pursuing a degree in Finance. She currently boasts a 4.0 GPA. Lindsey also helped raise over $3,500 for Make-A-Wish and her goal is to help advance women in the world of sports. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Sport Management at Texas Tech University after graduating from Lubbock Christian University.
Ben Hogan/Hollis and Donna Sullivan Scholarship
Texas A&M University
J’Lynn Vacek accredits golf for many of her successes, one being the first recipient in Centennial High School history to accept the Academic All State Award for Golf. After accepting the award in 2012, J’Lynn went on to become a state qualifier for the UIL Banking and Finance Competition and captain of her varsity golf team. Aside from excelling in golf, J’Lynn was an AP Scholar and graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Centennial. She has been accepted into the business school at Texas A&M and hopes to work in office securities and investments after completing college.
Ben Hogan/George Seagraves Scholarship
Tarleton State University
Jake Willimon spent much of his youth hunting, fishing, and working his way to become an Eagle Scout leader. He held a leadership role in FFA for three years at Spearman High School. Jake has been playing golf since he was nine years old and qualified for regionals while in high school. Jake graduated second in his class with a 4.0 and 30 college credit hours. He began his college career at Tarleton State University studying animal science. After completing his undergraduate degree at Tarleton, he hopes to continue with veterinary school at Texas A&M.
Ben Hogan Foundation/Sean Anderson Award
Fort Worth, Texas
Abilene Christian University
As a captain of the Fort Worth Christian School golf team for three years, Colby Hatchett earned All-Region honors in 2011. Colby also played on the basketball team for four years, captaining the squad as a junior and senior. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Colby has served as a counselor for young boys at a church camp and has participated in multiple youth group mission trips. He maintains a 3.952 GPA and is ranked 13th in his class. With plans to become a doctor, Colby will attend Abilene Christian University to be part of the institution’s health sciences program.
Ben Hogan/James Peebles & Kay Day Scholarship Winner
Flower Mound, Texas
Oklahoma State University
Megan Rooney maintains a 3.882 GPA at Flower Mound High School while also participating as captain on the girl’s golf team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and the Student Council. Megan was recognized for four years of service and academic excellence at Flower Mound High School’s “Evening with the Star.” Megan will attend Oklahoma State University.
Ben Hogan/Lindsay and Amy Stites Scholarship Winner
Florida State University
Throughout his high school career, Wayde Voss served on the City of Frisco Mayor’s Youth Council, where he consulted on the needs of Frisco’s teens and served as the committee chair for the “Day with the Mayor” event. Wayde is a two-year letterman on the Centennial High School boys golf team and served as captain as a senior. He will attend Florida State University as part of the Professional Golf Management program.
Ben Hogan/Fred and Michele Reynolds Scholarship Winner
The University of Texas at Tyler
Matthew Armstrong is a graduate of Winnsboro High School and will attend The University of Texas at Tyler to study civil engineering in the school’s honors program. While in high school, Matthew participated in numerous activities, including FCCLA, UIL One Act Play and the high school golf team. He was also a member of the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation for two years.
Ben Hogan/Lindsay and Amy Stites Scholarship Winner
West Texas A&M University
Sara Coe attends West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and is studying elementary education while also participating on the WTAMU golf team, FCA and SAAC. Sara was on the President’s honor roll in the fall of 2008 through the fall of 2009.
Ben Hogan/David Chapman Scholarship Winner
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kelsey Knowles is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Dallas and will attend The University of Mary Hardin Baylor for their four-year nursing program. While in high school, Kelsey was on the varsity golf team, cross country team and basketball team. She also participated in her school’s drama production and school choir.
Ben Hogan/Marty Leonard Scholarship Winner
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Taylor Newlin is a graduate of Dr. Justin Wakeland High School and will attend The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to study chemical engineering, bio-chemical engineering or dental school. At UTSA, she will also participate on their women’s golf team. In high school, Taylor was in the National Honor Society, FCA and participated on the golf team that went to state four years in a row. Taylor also won the 4A Girl’s High School Golf State Championship.
Ben Hogan/Clifton Morris Recipient
Fort Worth, Texas
Texas A&M University
Nickolas Hemman is a graduate of Fossil Ridge High School, where he lettered on the varsity golf team and was a member of the marching and concert bands. Nickolas plans to major in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. He has also made community service an important part of his life by participating in the Natural Helpers program at his high school and in numerous community church projects, including a mission trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ben Hogan/Pat Hare Scholarship Recipient
Texas Christian University
Johnny Antle is a graduate of Graham High School, where he lettered on the varsity golf and cross country teams. Johnny has been playing golf since he was 10, and he will continue to play as a member of the TCU golf team. In his spare time, Johnny has made giving back to the community a priority. He has been the leading fundraiser for the Birdies for Kids program two years in a row, and has been involved in numerous volunteer programs in his hometown.