ST. LOUIS, July 12, 2021 — The Golf Foundation of Missouri (GFM) is pleased to award the first Larry L. Deskins, Sr. Scholarship to golf camp alumnus Grant Coleman. Coleman is a 2021 graduate of Metro Academic and Classical High School and will be attending college in Chicago this fall to study environmental science.
The Larry L. Deskins, Sr. Scholarship was founded in 2020 to honor the late Larry L. Deskins and recognize his impact on St. Louis. He was the first African American partner at Lewis Rice, a major St. Louis law firm, and a long-time GFM board member. He was widely recognized for his work and service.
Like Deskins, Coleman wants to make an impact in his hometown, St. Louis:
"I want to eliminate food deserts in the poorer socioeconomic areas in St. Louis and improve the quality and availability of food for people who need it,” Coleman said. “Moreover, I want to work with St. Louis’ architects and combine efforts to plan toward more sustainable, energy efficient and fashionable architecture. I also want to work with ecologists to help preserve biodiversity in places in St. Louis and beyond."
The GFM has a long-standing relationship with St. Louis. It has been the home of the GFM since its camp’s inception in 2004 at The Highlands Golf Course (formerly St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association, or Triple A). Several years ago, city officials acknowledged the GFM’s efforts by requesting the GFM to conduct a second six-week camp for its community youth initiative through its Playtime & Rec program. This relationship affirms the city’s commitment to its youth and that the GFM’s efforts are having a positive impact on young children in St. Louis.
The GFM plans to award one to two scholarships annually through the Larry L. Deskins, Sr. Scholarship to qualified graduating seniors who have participated in its summer camps through city programs and community partners. The GFM is proud to award this year’s scholarship to Coleman.
Deskins believed in giving back to the community, developing young minds, and that education and hard work are the keys to success. He mentored and inspired young African American men and women on the importance of these principles and helped them expand their minds and pursue their dreams — impactful dreams like Coleman’s.
About the Golf Foundation of Missouri
The Golf Foundation of Missouri is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to “instill life’s lessons and values in St. Louis City youth through the game of golf.” In its 17 years of existence, The Golf Foundation of Missouri has raised more than $1.3 million, served 18,900 free lunches, offered camp to more than 2,500 youth at no cost to the family, donated more than 210 sets of new clubs to deserving youth, changed the lives of hundreds, and the smiles shared are a million and counting. Learn more about the Golf Foundation of Missouri at www.GolfFoundationofMO.com.
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