Helping Grow the Outpost Foundation
Last year was the first full year of operations for the Outpost Foundation and it was great to see so many friends give generously of both their time and money to this nascent non-profit. Over the course of last spring and summer, we launched the Outpost Scholarship which provided grants to young men and women involved in the game of golf to help them with the cost of their college educations.
As head of the Foundations's Scholarship Committee, I was very pleased to see both the high number and quality of the applicants. We received over 25 applications from all over the country, eventually deciding on 5 recipients. This year, we will be awarding grants to those original recipients who still have credits to complete as well as up to 10 more winners. None of this could be possible without those of you who supported my 100 Hole Hike last year and I hope you'll decide to support me again this year.
I thought it might be interesting to give you a quick rundown of the winners so you can see the quality of person that your donations are helping to support.
Brenda Hernandez - Brenda has worked in the Food & Beverage department at Ballyneal for a number of years after being introduced to the club by her father who works in the maintenance department. Brenda is a first-generation American and will be the first person in her family to attend and graduate college (University of North Colorado). She has had a great year (3.4 GPA) since winning the Scholarship. We have awarded her a 2017 grant so that she can attend business programs this summer in Slovenia. She will graduate in 2018. (The picture that accompanies this post is myself with Brenda and two other members of the Outpost Foundation board during a visit to Ballyneal in August 2016)
Chad Steinhauer - Chad works as a caddie and in outside services at Eugene Country Club and is now attending the University of Oregon. His employment at ECC and the relationships he has made through caddying have changed the trajectory of his life. He was a strong student in high school as well as a decorated athlete. The scholarship will help him afford college after a number of personal and family heath issues. He has a 3.3 GPA and is majoring in Finance. He has been accepted into a Leadership Program this summer at a local accounting firm. He will graduate in 2018.
Danielle D' Ambrosio - Danielle is a non-traditional student at Northeastern Illinois. She left home at seventeen and has been working ever since. She worked as a receptionist at Green Acres Country Club outside of Chicago. She is currently attending college with the ultimate goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
Josh Drakeford - Josh was born and raised in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Throughout his high school career, he attended class sessions with the First Tee of the Sandhills and became an experienced caddy. In 2016, he worked full-time at The Country Club of North Carolina as the evening outdoor operations supervisor. Once he completes his associates degree at Sandhills Community College, he will transfer to a 4 year university to study Finance & Political Science.
Alexxis Rae Langton - Alexxis attends Duquesne University in the Physician Assistant Program. She was inspired to pursue that vocation after a severe illness affected a family member. She is the Vice President of her Class Council and is also in Phi Eta Sigma, PKE, and the Physician Assistant Student Association. She caddies and is a bag attendant at Allegheny Country Club. Alexxis has a 3.89 GPA and was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.
The Foundation is really pleased with this first class of scholarship recipients and looks forward to extending the reach of the program this summer. I hope that you will consider supporting me and the Outpost Foundation on my 100 Hole Hike.