The Greater Ardmore Scholarship Foundation golf tournament and fundraiser teed off Monday with its maximum number of 25 teams.
"We've had an overwhelming response — even more than last year," said GASF Executive Director Roselyn Haile. "We had to turn teams away."
A total of 100 participants played in the tournament, with many other people donating and participating in the silent auction. Prior to the silent auction, more than $18,000 had been raised.
"We're really proud of the turnout. This scholarship reaches so many people, and I'm proud to be a part of this organization," said Ardmore board member Sarah Veazey.
After expenses, the money supports the foundation's scholarship program, which awards $500 per semester for a student's first two years of college and $1,000 per semester for a student's last two years.
Matt Groves, Norman, graduated from Ardmore High School and received a scholarship in 1995. He also had two brothers who received GASF scholarships. Now a construction administrator for Architects in Partnership, Groves played on the company team.
"It's an awesome opportunity for me," he said. "It's great to get a chance to come back and help."
Recipients are graduates of Carter County high schools and come from families with a "middle" income between $25,000 and $75,000 (or $100,000 if student has a sibling in college). Students must maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and full-time enrollment to continue receiving the scholarship.
"It's one of the only scholarships of its kind in the nation," said volunteer Dave Rickard. "This is what people of Carter County do for these kids."
GASF awarded 85 new recipients among the class of 2013. There are also more than 300 active recipients who are sophomores, juniors or seniors in college.
"My favorite part is the end result, knowing that the scholarships are going to students so they have money for college which they would not otherwise experience," said Tulsa board member Penny Stack.