As a young boy, Ben Hogan would leave school to sell newspapers or caddy to help his single mother put food on their table.
Despite his own difficult circumstances, Hogan placed immense value on the importance of education. The Ben Hogan Foundation honors this legacy through a number of programs, including its longstanding support of First Tee of Fort Worth, a youth development program that teaches life skills and leadership through golf.
The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational runs through May 29 at the Colonial Country Club.
“There’s a beautiful symmetry between the values Mr. Hogan stood for, the values of the game of golf and the values the First Tee of Fort Worth is trying to teach,” said Robert Stennett, CEO of the Ben Hogan Foundation.
When Texas Wesleyan University approached the foundation about creating a scholarship program, they saw an opportunity to create a model unlike any other.
“The program gives a successful business person in the community the opportunity to be a mentor. It allows Texas Wesleyan to bring in some of the best and brightest. And, it allows a young person out of First Tee of Fort Worth to go to college with no debt,” said Stennett. “It’s a major investment, but, as far as investments in the future go, you couldn’t make a better one.”
In addition to mentorship, the scholarship provides tuition for all four years of college, including books and fees. Stennett, who is a mentor to one of the foundation’s scholarship recipients, says the benefits of the mentor relationship go both ways. “I’m very fortunate – and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I’m getting to impart some of my life’s lessons,” he said.
In fall 2016, the Ben Hogan Foundation will sponsor four students at Texas Wesleyan University on full scholarships.
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