The left side of the brain is usually associated with analytical thinking, including mathematics and the sciences. The right side of the brain engages the artistic and creative means of a person. It is said many people engage one side of the brain more heavily than the other and just a select few can effectively engage both to be analytical and creative.

This seems to be the case for Claire Sattler, the 2019 South Florida PGA Foundation Scholarship recipient who hopes to major in engaging both sides of the brain.

In 2018, the South Florida PGA Foundation began investing in the higher education of one well-deserving high school senior connected to the golf industry. This scholarship recognizes one student who shares the same mission and vision of the SFPGA Foundation, serving as an ambassador of that mission on their college campus.

For Sattler, her journey with golf began at the age of three with Fisher Price golf clubs gifted to her by her grandparents. Once retired from the plastic clubs, Sattler began taking lessons from PGA Professionals, including Adam Bazalgette, Lloyd Johnson, and Jeff Nixon.

By playing the South Florida PGA Junior Tour and giving back to the Foundation’s Smiling Fore Life program, Claire was connected to the Foundation before she was awarded her scholarship on June 13th.

Out of nearly 20 applicants, Sattler was selected to receive the $20,000 scholarship provided by the South Florida PGA Foundation. Selected by the Foundation Board, the valedictorian of the Bishop Verot Catholic High School senior class, Sattler stood out as an excellent student. Sattler is a National Merit Scholar and part of the National Honor Society.

Sattler is a well-rounded leader and is, driven to impact her local community. Out of the sixteen extra-curricular and governance groups she was a part of in high school, Sattler had a leadership role in almost all of them. With many accolades and merits listed on her application, a few stood out including: being the captain of her high school golf team, a 2018 JEOPARDY Teen Tournament Champion, appearing in 14 different performances with the Bishop Verot Players, being a Cameron Impact Scholar Finalist, and receiving the Rensselaer Medal Award.
While the length of her application was impressive, it was the heart of her application that impressed the South Florida PGA Foundation’s Board the most.
“I continue to be impressed by young people that give back in a genuine way,” expressed SFPGA Foundation President Tom Wildenhaus, Director of Golf at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples. “To have the where-with-all to serve others at a time in her life where she has so many things going on and to do it with such passion set her apart.”
The common factor of many great philanthropist involves seeing a need and fixing it; which is exactly what drives Sattler, and what drove her to create STEM4Students in 2016.
“What struck me about Sattler was that she created the STEM4 Students Program, recruited her friends and delivered a very impressive program that made a positive impact for the students,” Wildenhaus explained. “And she continues to make a difference in the Immokalee Community year after year.”
Along with eight of her peers, Claire developed a curriculum and provided a two-week summer STEM camp to over a hundred underprivileged first and second grade students in Immokalee, Florida. Hoping to demonstrate that there are ways to share their bilingual and academic gifts with impoverished communities, outside of just food and clothing drives.

Sattler is a living example of the potential of a STEM focused career, as she begins studying biomedical engineering at Yale University this fall. Through this specific avenue of science, Sattler hopes to spend her career engineering more affordable prosthetics for underprivileged children and families.

“That’s where I want to give back with those much-needed prosthetics for those families. Particularly children who need prosthetic limbs to make their lives a little easier every day.”

Having watched her grandfather endure more than twenty-four surgeries in hopes of reducing his back pain, Sattler found her calling in being a part of the continued advancement of bringing innovations through the new scientific field of biomedical engineering.

“There’s a lot of room to grow in the biomedical field and there’s so much work to do and that’s why I want to enter the field,” Sattler said.

Sattler plans on being able to be more invested on campus and having a fuller college experience thanks to the SFPGA Foundation Scholarship. Allowing her to be more involved in extra-curricular actives on campus and engaging both sides of her brain.

“At some point I will join an acapella group, I just won’t do it freshman year.” She laughed and said, “I’m a little worried about overloading myself, because I am known for that amongst my peers.”

The South Florida PGA and the South Florida PGA Foundation looks forward to following the success of our young scholar and philanthropist. If you would like to learn more about Sattler click here now to hear an interview of 2019 Scholarship Recipient. To learn more about the SFPGA Foundation Scholarship click here.