Tempe Prep Senior Signs for College Golf Scholarships

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Tempe Prep Senior Signs for College Golf Scholarships

By Esther Cui

Tempe Preparatory Academy senior Jay Nergard has secured a prestigious spot to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Not only that, Jay has also been admitted to this prestigious university with several academic scholarships and also an NAIA Scholarship for golf, which awards $7,000 to the scholarship athletes, adding up to covering his full tuition at the university. This achievement is the result of Jay’s Tempe Prep education and his dedication to both athletic and academic pursuits.

Jay’s ambition for a career in aviation aligns seamlessly with his passion for golf, making Embry-Riddle the perfect school for him to attend.

Jay has played in vast number of competitions and, with rigorous practice, he qualified for the 2022 Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta National, in Georgia. Eighty junior golfers representing their states have earned invitations to compete at the tournament. Jay represented Tempe Prep in the national competition as the 2022 National Finalist.

His training regime consisted of “practicing all parts of my game for three hours minimum on weekdays, more on weekends,” Jay said. Jay’s passion and practice paid off. “Hard work and practice got me this scholarship,” he says.

His advice to aspiring athletes is: “After you are done practicing, keep practicing.” This straightforward mantra encapsulates his continuous improvement and his pursuit of excellence.

He additionally notes something else that helped him secure his scholarship was that he emailed coaches a lot. Success requires frequent communication.

Jay’s present goals are to compete at an even higher level and qualify for high-level events in golf.

Article by Esther Cui, a student staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.

Tempe Prep is currently accepting applications for Fall 2024.

About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016).

Over half of Tempe Prep’s graduates pursue majors and careers in engineering and STEM fields. Tempe Prep’s Class of 2021 students received over $16.5 million in scholarship offers and TPA graduates attend undergraduate and graduate school programs all over the country, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, Dartmouth, UCLA, Boston University, Northwestern University, and all of the Arizona universities and their Honors Colleges.

For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.

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