The First Tee of Greater Akron (TFTGA) is thrilled to announce that its own Nicholas Culver has been chosen to be a First Tee National Scholar. This distinction is awarded to junior golfers in The First Tee who excel in academics, leadership, character development and chapter and community involvement. Those selected are then eligible for scholarship opportunities to the college or university of their choosing. Culver, an 18-year old senior at Ellet High School, will attend the University of Akron next fall.
Culver truly exemplifies The First Tee’s mission and core values. When he faced challenges at school due to a learning disability, Culver’s parents enrolled him in TFTGA. The program seemed like a good fit because Culver enjoyed playing golf with his father and grandfathers from a young age.
“My parents wanted to find something I could feel really good about,” said Culver. “It turned out I really liked it.” Culver has been involved with TFTGA for 11 years and loves being part of the organization. Not only has he improved his golf skills, but The First Tee has benefitted other areas of his life as well.
“The life skills and core values that my coaches taught and demonstrated to me changed my life,” said Culver. “I learned how to focus, stay calm, communicate and enjoy myself both on and off the golf course.”
Culver was also TFTGA’s first Eagle Certified Participant, which is the second highest level of certification. To be Eagle Certified, participants must complete the three prior levels of certification (PLAYer, Par and Birdie) in addition to passing a skills and written exam. This certification shows that a participant has learned resilience, conflict resolution and future planning. Culver demonstrates what it means to be an Eagle Certified Participant and National Scholar on and off the golf course.
In addition to his involvement with TFTGA, Culver volunteers at the Bridgestone Invitational each year. At school, he is an office helper, teacher’s assistant, a member of student council and global scholars and was a junior mentor. He is also a member of the varsity golf team. Culver’s volunteer work, grades, academic honors and history with TFTGA are what made him stand out among other applicants to be chosen as a National Scholar.