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 2018
Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and the Ben Hogan Foundation presented the 3rd Annual Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance and $40,000 in scholarships to two high school student and two collegiate athlete at the Ben Hogan Foundation breakfast on May 22nd at Shady Oaks Country Club.
In honor of Ben Hogan’s devotion to the game of golf and his determination to control his own destiny, Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine 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.
Ben Hogan Perseverance Award winners are Darius Yarbrough, Morgan Valentino, Bria Northrop and Imani Crownover:
Darius is from Life School in Oak Cliff, Darius was active on the football team in 2016 and was run over by a truck one evening while walking home from a friendly basketball game with his family. Darius received many broken bones and head injuries from this hit and run accident. He has an amazing attitude and will be back playing football for his senior year.
Morgan was involved in an auto accident where see was thrown from the back of a truck. She suffered very traumatic head injury with a basal skull fracture and spent 9 days in ICU. Morgan was unconscious for several days and when she came too heard the words “It will be a long time before you walk and your softball days are over”. She had different plans and returned to softball later that season and has received a softball scholarship and plays for Southwest Assembly of God University. Morgan is from Red Oak, Texas.
Bria attends Texas Women’s University where she competes in gymnastics. She suffered a career ending knee injury during competition and was subject to many surgeries and rehab. Bria competed at a National level and has qualified as a first team All-American. After being told gymnastics was over she went to work and never stopped. One year later she returned to her team to compete. She will pursue her degree in nursing and wants to work with children diagnosed with cancer.
Imani attends South Hills High School in Fort Worth where she plays basketball. Imani had a knee injury that would test her to the limit. Her mother passed away when she was 4 and her grandmother, who she lived with had a stroke when she was 8. Imani had to not only care for herself but also the family. Imani kept fighting, even walking to school on crutches to complete her studies. She has returned to her team as a leader and shown incredible determination and heart.
BEN HOGAN PERSEVERANCE AWARD 2017
The 2016-2017 high school Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winners are Jakob “Jake” Liles and Kody Wages. Jakob “Jake” Liles was extremely excited to begin his freshman year at Flower Mound High School. It was during preseason football practice that his injury occurred. Jake’s original diagnosis was a hyper-extended knee with a possible four-week recovery. However, 12 hours later, it was discovered that Jakob’s injury was much more serious. Jake was suffering from a blocked artery and a fasciotomie on the lower right leg due to compartment syndrome. After a 16 day hospital stay and two surgeries, Jake was finally on his slow road to recovery. During his process, Jakob displayed unparalleled positivity, tenacity and perseverance. Throughout his recovery, he decided not to take the little things for granted, like the ability to walk. After countless months, Jake has returned to playing football as well as basketball and both the coaches and the team are happy to have him back.
Kody Wages, a senior at Millsap High School, has dealt with adversity both on and off the athletic field. He used football as an outlet, a way to deal with life’s trials, and it was something that brought him much joy. During the second game of his junior year football career, he tore his ACL and required reconstructive surgery on his knee. He was devastated but determined to accept the rehabilitative challenges and be ready to play football his senior year. He accomplished his goal. Not only was he dedicated to football and his team, he is also dedicated to his family. Kody takes care of his mother who is dealing with Stage 4 cancer; assists his father, who is a quadriplegic, get to work and then after helping his parents, sees that his sister gets to school, all before heading to school himself. Life for Kody has not been easy but as he so eloquently stated “God has blessed me with a heart that won’t let me quit and that pushes me to keep going through anything.” He is a true example of persevering through life’s hardship.
The 2016-2017 collegiate Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winners are Bethany Allen and Brandi Lazarus. Bethany Allen has always been a leader both on and off the field and was named first team all-conference shortstop during her freshman year. In the spring of 2016, during a normal Friday practice, Bethany collided with an outfielder on a fly ball. After observation for a concussion, the decision was made to take Bethany to the emergency room as a precautionary measure. An MRI indicated that she had a brain tumor. She was diagnosed with Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma, a form of brain cancer, and operated on her the same week. Throughout her recover and eventual second surgery, Bethany continued to show nothing but perseverance and strength. Bethany was offered a position to play on the Henderson State University’s softball team and has been cleared to play. Many others would have given up if faced with such trials but Bethany hopes to use her life experiences to become a softball coach and teach children what she has learned along the way.
Brandi Lazarus has a love for gymnastics. Unfortunately, the sport places incredible stress upon the body and Brandi is no stranger to injury. After fighting her way back from several high school injuries, she walked on to the gymnastics team at Texas Woman’s University and completed a superb freshman year. She suffered yet another injury to her knee during a floor exercise her sophomore year. Once again, she was determined to return to her beloved sport. This time, things were different. She wasn’t just fighting to return for herself, she had a team counting on her. After more than a year of setbacks, more surgeries, rehabilitation, and frustration, Brandi’s determination and drive enabled her to return to her beloved sport and compete in her first competition in February.
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.
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 winner of the 2016 Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship is 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.
The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship – Ms. Calista Lothliam.
Calista was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She joined The First Tee of Fort Worth at the age of eight and has been an active member for over 10 years. She has represented the Fort Worth Chapter at local and national events, and is the immediate past Vice President of the Junior Advisory Committee. Calista has spent most of her summers volunteering with First Tee camps and helping out with weekend classes during the school year. Calista will be following her passion of helping people and pursue a Bachelors in Biology for Pre-Med at Texas Wesleyan University.
At the Ben Hogan Breakfast Club on September 6, 2017, the Ben Hogan Foundation announced that we have fulfilled our pledge to Texas Wesleyan University to have five students on a full four year Mentor Scholarship. We look forward to the future and hope to help many more motivated young individuals. At the breakfast, our CEO, Robert Stennett was presented with The Flame Award from TWU for his exceptional vision and leadership.
Check out our latest update from our Mentor Scholarship recipients:
The Ben Hogan Foundation is proud to recognize young boys and girls from The First Tee of Fort Worth who achieve “Ace” level status in the program. “Ace” level status, the highest level one can reach in the program, is a rare accomplishment indeed with far less than 1 % of participants achieving it.
Beginning in January 2018, the Ben Hogan Foundation now provides “Ace” level participants two gifts in recognition of this accomplishment:
A beautiful crystal 3D Ravielli of Mr. Hogan
A $2,500 scholarship to the school of their choice
It is our hope that these gifts from the Ben Hogan Foundation will provide further incentive for participants to work towards and achieve the highest level participation in The First Tee of Fort Worth.
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 boys and girls wishing to pursue higher education.
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.
Robert Stennett Scholarship
Fort Worth, Texas
Brendan O’Connell is a 2018 graduate of Fort Worth Country Day, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team, golf team and the robotics club. Throughout high school he was also self-employed as a photographer and videographer, going on to win first place in the Timed Exposure Category and second place in the Landscapes Category at the 2017 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest. He also participated in the GeoX Full-Scholarship Summer Program at Texas A&M University’s College of Geosciences, and the Abbey Road Spanish Immersion program, spending a one-month homestay in Cádiz, Spain. Brendan also served as the President of The First Tee of Fort Worth Junior Advisory Committee during his senior year. He has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2011. Brendan will be taking a gap year to travel to Ireland before attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in the fall of 2019.
Ben Hogan/Jeff and Suzanne Mooney Scholarship
Austin Escamilla is a 2018 graduate of Trinity School of Midland, where he was a member of the golf team and served as captain his sophomore to senior year, and achieved a state championship for his division as an individual player in 2017 and 2018. He was also highly involved in the choir, school musical productions and student council, serving as student body president his senior year all while achieving a 4.04 GPA. Austin also volunteered with the Salvation Army and planned a fundraising day at his high school which set the Midland-Odessa single-day bucket fundraising record for the 2017-18 school year. He has been an NTPGA Junior Tour member since 2008. In the fall, he will attend Rice University where he will play on the golf team while pursuing his degree.
Ben Hogan/Mark and Katie Kalpakis Scholarship
Cullen Embry is a 2018 graduate of J.J. Pearce High School, where he was a member of the varsity golf team and the National Honor Society, and served as the president of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) from 2016 to 2017. He was also involved with the J.J Pearce Wranglers, serving as a pacesetter escort, and performed in a variety of lead and supporting roles with the J.J. Pearce Theatre all while achieving a 3.91 GPA. He also participated in the North Dallas Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, performing over 100 hours of community service and serving as first vice president for the senior class. Cullen has also been involved with the Prestonwood Baptist Church youth group and youth choir serving on a variety of mission trips and the student ministry leadership team. Cullen has been a member of the NTPGA Junior Tour since 2012. This fall, he will attend Baylor University as a member of the honors college.
Ben Hogan/Denny and Carol Alexander Scholarship
University of Arkansas
William is a 2017 graduate of Granbury High School where he graduated in the top 20 of his class and was a four-year letterman of the varsity golf team. While in high school, he was also a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and participated in multiple technology and engineering competitions. William is attending the University of Arkansas where he will major in mechanical engineering.
Ben Hogan/Alan and Wendy Barron Scholarship
University of Notre Dame
Spencer Bindel is a 2017 graduate of Mansfield High School where he graduated as valedictorian out of a class of 550 students. While in high school, he also served as the president of two organizations – the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes – and held leadership roles on a handful of other organizations. He also completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, in 2012. Spencer will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall where he will pursue a degree in political science.
Ben Hogan/Jeff and Kelly Dillard Scholarship
Dallas Baptist University
Sarah McClain in a 2017 graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School where she was a member of three national honor societies – the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She was also a member of the student council, an officer of the Business Professionals of America club and a four-year letterman on the varsity golf team. In the fall, Sarah will attend Dallas Baptist University where she will major in business management.
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.