St. Cloud High senior Allison Hilton, a member of the Bulldogs’ girls golf team, has earned the national designation of The First Tee Scholar – Class of 2018 – 2019, the First Tee of Central Florida recently released.
Hilton joins only 89 other high school seniors throughout The First Tee network nationally in achieving this prestigious distinction. She is the second scholar to be selected from The First Tee of Central Florida since the chapter launched six years ago.
A student of The First Tee of Central Florida since January 2015, Hilton is now a Birdie-level participant. She joined The First Tee of Central Florida one session after her younger brother, Scott, became involved in the program. They are both participants at The First Tee at Hunter’s Creek Golf Club.
Since learning about the opportunity, Allison has been working on her goal ladder (for golf, health and future career path). It was during this exercise that she realized she wants to eventually become a nurse practitioner, and she immediately began to take the steps needed, which were under her control (a lesson taught by The First Tee curriculum), to help her attain her goal. She enrolled in the nursing program at her high school and has completed 40 clinical hours at a nursing home, earned her certification as a CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant) and she is waiting to sit for her boards to become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).
“Allison is truly one of the most courteous young ladies I have ever met, standing out as a goal-setter who has a laser-focus on helping others now, and later in life,” stated Thomas Lawrence, Executive Director of the First Tee of Central Florida. “She wants to be the medical field specializing in pediatrics, and we know her future is bright.”
The First Tee, a youth sports organization that introduces kids to the game of golf and its inherent values, recognizes participants for exceptional achievement in academics, leadership, character development, and chapter and community involvement through The First Tee Scholars Program.
Applications are accepted once per year from seniors in high school who meet the minimum requirements and are scored by a committee. With this designation, Hilton has the opportunity to apply for any educational scholarship programs offered through The First Tee to attend a participating college or university.
More than $7 million in college scholarship has been awarded to participants nationwide by chapters and the home office since launching the Scholars program in 2003.