2018 College Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Ramsdell and Alex Mauthe are the 2018 scholarship recipients!

While Sarah Ramsdell was in The First Tee she was able to attend different national opportunities and be Jr. Council president. She was also became ACE certified, which is the highest level in The First Tee program. Sarah is currently attending MJC while playing on the girls golf team. She is also majoring in political science. She is not sure what school she wants to transfer after MJC but she knows that she will get her bachelors and then continue to law school where she plans to become a lawyer. We are also happy to say that she has also works in the Muni clubhouse and is a coach on the weekends for The First Tee!

Alex Mauthe: I am going to University of California, Irvine. Also Known as UCI. I am in several fun extracurricular activities around campus. I am involved in TCA (Thai Culture Association), Circle-K, SPOP Mentorship, and OSU Club. Each club has their own fun activities that they host every week, so I have to find the time in my schedule to attend them and to balance out studying for classes. Circle-K in particular is pretty fun since we are such a large club that we are divided into “families” and I am part of Spy Fam. Recently we had a scavenger hunt at the Irvine Spectrum Center with other families and our group won. I’m not really sure what to do after I graduate. Possibly post-graduate school or similar. I plan to specialize in either biochemistry or biotech, so possibly get an internship working as a lab technician or get a job in those fields. College is a new experience for me, so I’m still working out what I need to do for my four years in college. In my free time (Which I have a relatively small amount of since I also work), I am usually hanging out with the others from my hall in the common room. Sometimes, I play video games in my room. Other times, I am just working on homework or studying for my classes.


The First Tee of Central Valley has numerous opportunities on both the local and national level. Our goal is to continue to improve the chances of our participants to become recognized and experience the many opportunities available through The First Tee program such as:

The National Leadership Academy – The overall purpose of the Academy is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction.

The First Tee Open Selection – This is a process where participants compete to be eligible to play in The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Champions Tour event). This selection process is 60 percent life skills/interview and 40 percent golf skills.

RBS Achievers – This award is given to participants who have overcome challenges in their lives by upholding The First Tee Nine Core Values and have blossomed into capable individuals through The First Tee.

Future Leaders Forum – This is a three day expedition into the sport, business and science aspects of golf and it provides character education to help prepare participants to be leaders of the future.

The First Tee Scholars – The Scholars program is designed to identify and designate participants from a scholarly and leadership perspective while adding value for a variety of future career and college experiences. Being a First Tee Scholar deems eligibility for scholarship opportunities within and outside the First Tee Network.

The First Tee of Central Valley Scholarship: Two First Tee of Central Valley senior high school participants are awarded a $2000 scholarship each year in recognition of their commitment and service to the program. This scholarship is administered by the Stanislaus Community Foundation.

Junior Council Committee

junior-councilDid you know your child could learn valuable leadership skills by joining our junior council committee?  This committee is comprised of active members who are Birdie level or higher and reach the age of 12 years old.   Serving as committee chairperson is Executive Director, Cathy Mendoza.  She offers a well-organized committee structure that enables participants to engage in fundraising activities, adopting program ideas and giving back toward their surrounding communities.  If your child is interested in becoming a junior council member of The First Tee of Central Valley, please contact us at 209-544-1780. Jr. Council meets on the first Saturday of every month at Noon in the Muni Clubhouse.