Richmond’s Esther Etherington recently attended the National First Tee Scholars retreat in Jacksonville, Florida. Hear from Esther in her own words what the impact of the retreat has had on her First Tee experiences:
The First Tee Scholars Retreat was once again an unbelievable experience. I was surrounded by some of the most driven and talented people from all around the country. My understanding of my leadership style and personal values increased from this weekend and I am excited to continue learning alongside them in the future.
- I came home from the First Tee Scholars Retreat with a greater understanding of my leadership style, the morals that I value as a person, and how I process information to convey to others.
- We focused on team building, mental health, time management, and reflection about first semester. This included setting goals for the upcoming year and implementing steps to get there.
- Our third point focused on professional development. There were speaking from companies who sponsor First Tee like TruGreen and Pure Insurance, speaking about internship opportunities, resume building, and advice. Financial literacy and opportunities with the golf industry and First Tee were also present.
At the end of the forum, financial literacy and opportunities with the golf industry and First Tee were also present. Also, employees from First Tee HQ engaged with us to look at the future of the organization and the future of the scholars program.
To top the week off, Etherington was able to connect with First Tee-Indiana alum Rebecca Jones, a First Tee National Scholar from our Northwest location. Jones attends Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and received her scholarship award in 2021. Etherington is in her freshman year at Franklin College where she is studying elementary education and playing on the women’s golf team.