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he mission of Youth on Course is to provide youth with links to a better future. On June 11, 37 futures got a whole lot brighter.


Nearly 150 people gathered at Lake Merced Golf


Club for the inaugural Youth on Course Scholarship Luncheon, where 37 high school seniors formally received Youth on Course scholarships. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was in attendance to congratulate recipients, who received a combined $150,000 in recognition for out- standing community stewardship, academics and personal achievements. Each student received at least $4,000 towards his or her


college education. But that wasn’t all. Tanks to generous donations from First Republic


Bank and Sony, each recipient went home with a brand new Sony Xperia tablet to help them at their future college. Each award recipient was selected out of a pool of more


than 400 applicants. Te candidates had to submit extensive applications, letters of recommendation and demonstrate academic excellence. Fifty finalists were interviewed before the final selection of 37 scholars.


“Tank you for letting me take the first step toward pursuing my higher education.” - Kelsey Wong, 2014 Scholarship Winner


Of the 37 awardees, 20 will be the first in their family


to attend college. Nineteen have connections to the golf industry, and the average GPA for the award winners was 3.91. In total the group had also donated more than 4,000 hours of community service during high school. Newsom addressed the crowd and stressed the impor- tance of finding a passion and learning lessons from failure. “Success is often defined as the ability to move from failure


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to failure with enthusiasm,” he reminded everyone. “Life is not about being something, it’s about doing


something,” Newsom said. Joining Newsom on the stage was 2010 Youth on


Course scholarship recipient, Veronica Zavala, who will graduate this month from Santa Clara University as a first generation college graduate. Zavala is currently working for Google. 2014 scholar Kelsey Wong also spoke, thanking donors and describing her journey towards higher education. “Receiving this Youth of Course scholarship, it feels like


people are holding my hands,” Wong said. “Tanks for that hand. Tank you for letting me take the first step toward pursuing my higher education.”


-Youth on Course Staff 2014 Scholarship recipients Fast Facts: 13


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