Jim Kane Scholarship

In honor of long standing Board Member Jim Kane, a scholarship has been set up to be awarded annually to up to 3 outstanding High School Senior Participants actively involved with the First Tee – Coachella Valley Program who demonstrates the Leadership Skills they have learned in the program.

Before Jim passed away, he explained “What an incredible honor for (initial donor to the scholarship) Diane Moss to support First Tee kids in this way.  I’m excited to invest in the future of young graduates of our golf and educational programs who have demonstrated the Nine Core Values and have personal goals that translate into becoming great American citizens.”

As a 1960 graduate of West Point, what rang most true to Jim about the First Tee are the Nine Core Values that reminded him so much of “Duty, Honor and Country,” the motto of the military academy.

His lasting goal with this scholarship is to recognize students who have demonstrated leadership skills and will continue to show leadership in their working lives and involvement with local communities.

2022 Scholarship Results!

 Jim Kane Scholarship Recipients, Maleyna Gregorio and Braden Bernaldo

were awarded $2,000 each for higher education in 2022

Maleyna Gregorio – University of California, Riverside

Gregorio has been involved with First Tee Coachella Valley since the age of four. She has committed to playing golf for UCR where she will double major in Business and Communications. She aspires to play on the LPGA tour or in the golf industry while continuing to further women’s rights moving forward.

Braden Bernaldo – Morningside University

Bernaldo has also been involved with First Tee Coachella Valley since the age of four. He has committed to play golf at the next level and is excited for this new chapter in his life. He will be majoring in Business and aspires to play on the PGA Tour.

Applications for the 2023 scholarships will open January 1 and Scholarships awarded will be announced March 21st

CLICK HERE to download the Jim Kane Scholarship Application

If you are interested in continuing to fund this scholarship,  please contact

Executive Director Teal Guion for more information: [email protected] / 760-834-6790