First Tee of the Tri-Valley participant gets Harvard scholarship!

Ricky Lam of the First Tee of the Tri-Valley is one of seven high school graduates across the United States to be a part of the inaugural class of the First Tee Scholarship program.

Lam, who recently graduated from Oakland Tech but came out to Pleasanton for the First Tee of the Tri-Valley program, will be getting a full scholarship to attend Harvard.

The seven students received a special congratulatory message from President George W. Bush, the Honorary Chair of First Tee.

ā€œYour hard work has paid off,ā€ said President Bush, via video message. ā€œThe coming years will bring new learning, new friendships, new challenges and new opportunities. Remembering the values, you have learned through the First Tee will help you for the years to come. Laura and I join your family and friends and recognize you on this special occasion, and we send our best wishes.ā€

Lam will be a first-generation college student and will attend Harvard to major in Economics. He aspires to become a leading financial advisor and entrepreneur. He is the Salutatorian of the Oakland Tech Class of 2020 and a National Merit Commended Scholar. He is a Boy Scout and peer tutor for AP Statistic students. He played on the varsity golf team. An Ace participant at First Tee, Lam volunteers as a coach and mentor to the kids at his chapter.

The First Tee College Scholarship Program is open to active participants of First Tee chapters graduating from high school who meet the minimum requirements.

Applications were received from participants at 32 chapters in 24 states across the nation. Following an online application process, 10 finalists were selected by a committee for one-on-one interviews. Applicants were considered based on financial need, academic performance, chapter involvement, volunteerism, community service and other criteria.

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