Financial assistance for programs

Financial assistance is available for participants who desire to join The First Tee of Greater Akron. To apply, please review the check boxes below to see if the child meets one of the qualifications listed.  Then download application, fill out completely and return to The First Tee of Greater Akron for approval.

____  Participant IS currently enrolled in the Ohio Free or Reduced Lunch Program.

____  Participant IS currently experiencing extenuating financial circumstances.

____  Participant has an immediate family member who is on ‘Active Duty’ within the United States Military.  This includes The National Guard and Reserves from all branches.

If any of these criteria apply to you, please apply for financial aid during the registration process.

Ray Kapper Scholarship

Nick Culver, winner of the inaugural Ray Kapper Scholarship with Mr. Ray Kapper.

The Ray Kapper – First Tee of Greater Akron Endowed Scholarship was established in March 2017 in honor of Ray Kapper by his family and friends and the board of The First Tee of Greater Akron (TFTGA). Kapper’s leadership, vision, and commitment to TFTGA, as well as his work recruiting many of the current board members, have significantly contributed to the organization’s success, enabling it to achieve new heights. Thanks to Kapper’s commitment, he is largely considered to be the heart and soul of the community organization.

Kapper, named a University of Akron Honorary Alumnus in 1993, has dedicated his professional career to serving his community. Whether as an Akron resident, an elected official, a coach, or an administrator, he always placed the greater good above his own aspirations. For many years, Kapper provided wise counsel to civic and community leaders throughout the city and Summit County.

Kapper began his career as athletic director for the Catholic Youth Organization and head football coach at St. Mary’s High School and later joined the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, where he served as employee activities director. He then was elected as an Akron ward councilman and later and later a councilman at-large. Kapper ultimately was elected city council president.

In 1984, Akron Mayor Tom Sawyer appointed Kapper service director, where he oversaw the city’s engineering, public works, sewer, and water bureaus. He retired due to health reasons in 1992 but today continues to serve the community as a public affairs consultant to local businesses.

Ray and his wife, Barbara, reside in Akron and have four children: Deborah, Christopher, David, and Jon.

To be eligible for The Ray Kapper – First Tee of Greater Akron Endowed Scholarship, preference is given to the following student-applicants who:

Are a participant in or volunteer of TFTGA
Are enrolled full-time in any college or program at The University of Akron
Are an incoming freshman or current student
Are from Greater Akron
Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher (whether from high school or previous college semester)
Have financial need

To apply, students must submit to TFTGA a 100-word essay demonstrating how they follow the organization’s nine core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Essays will be reviewed by the president of The First Tee of Greater Akron and a Kapper family representative(s). Finalists will be forwarded to the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, where financial need will be verified and a recipient selected. The number of recipients and their scholarship amount will vary depending on the availability of funds. The scholarship is non-renewable.

Ray Kapper Scholarship Application