Naples, Florida – May 22, 2023:  The First Tee – Naples/Collier has selected two outstanding candidates, Julian Alonso and Payton Balliet, to receive its 2023 – 2024 four-year college scholarships.  The two scholarships are $10,000/participant and are renewable on an annual basis  for up to four (4) academic years based on the renewal criteria set forth by the Scholarship  Committee.  Julian and Payton have distinguished themselves as dedicated and committed leaders in First Tee through their involvement in First Tee Life Skills programming, character development, academic excellence, community service, and participation in extra-curricular activities.

“Our Scholarship Committee is extremely proud to award our 2023 – 2024 college scholarships  to Julian and Payton” said Cindy Darland, Executive Director.  “We know they will represent our  First Tee chapter well and lead the next generation with the values instilled upon them through  the First Tee.”

“Receiving the First Tee Naples/Collier College Scholarship is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
said Julian Alonso.  The support given to me by First Tee means so much to me, my family and my education.

This generous scholarship will help me pursue my dreams and continue my journey towards success.  Thank you for believing in me and investing in my future.”

“The First Tee Scholarship means so much to me as it will help me keep my main focus on my studies and college golf without having to worry as much about the ever-rising costs of college,” said Payton.  “This scholarship is a true blessing!”

First Tee – Naples/Collier is also proud to announce a one-time scholarship award in the amount of  $5,000 to Eliza Kodak for her outstanding accomplishments throughout her years in First Tee.

On behalf of First Tee – Naples/Collier, CONGRATULATIONS to the First Tee Class of 2023!

The First Tee – Naples/Collier exists to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.  By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills  curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience  that kids carry to everything they do. The First Tee – Naples/Collier is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2007.  We reach 1,000 kids ages 7 – 18 years of age each year in Collier County.  Visit their web site: for additional information.