Turfgrass Management Scholarships

Here are some of the Turfgrass Management scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

PGMS Scholarship

Each year the PGMS scholarship committee awards monetary scholarships to students in horticulture or related fields. Applicants must be at least in their first year of college or may be recently graduated from high school (within the calendar year). The top recipient will also have the opportunity to attend the GIE+Expo in Louisville in the autumn. PGMS will pay for the scholarship recipients’ conference registration and a travel allowance as well. What are the criteria? The applicant must be a current student of horticulture or a related field, must be sponsored by a PGMS member and will need to submit a cover letter and resume. The applicant will also need to submit their current college transcript and two letters of reference. All applicants must submit the following by mail to PGMS: The completed scholarship application. Download the application form at website. A cover letter. Typed. Please include introduction, educational and professional goals, and intent for use of scholarship funds. A current resume. Typed. Please include past employment history, awards, and certificates earned. College or school transcripts. Two (2) letters of recommendation. These should be from an instructor, employer, etc. A letter from the PGMS member who is sponsoring the applicant.

John H. Martin Scholarship

College of Science - Moss Landing Students of MLML. Student should submit a letter of application and letter of recommendation by faculty.

Valderrama Awards

This award allows citizens of Spain to study turfgrass management in the United States. The award is based on leadership potential and academics.

TOCA Scholarship Program

Application Materials:The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association will award one $2,500 fall semester scholarships to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in green industry communications.1. To qualify, students must major or minor in technical communications or a green industry related field such as horticulture, plant sciences, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, etc. The applicant also must demonstrate an interest in using this course of study in the field of communications.2. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and a 3.0 in the major area of study (based on a 4.0 scale). Students enrolled in the fall can apply for the scholarship. Eligibility, as determined by the TOCA Board of Directors, extends to two and four year program students attending institutions that offer turf management curriculums.3. The scholarship will be awarded through the bursar's office at the recipient's college or university.Application materials should be emailed to:Barb Ulschmid,

The Mary Lou Marks Smith Scholarship

Details of the Award: This scholarship, in the amount of $1000, is awarded every other year in odd numbered years. It is intended to encourage and financially aid students who are majoring in horticulture, floral design or related fields at the community college level. Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be legal residents of the State of Maine and planning to attend a community college program in one of the fields noted above in the Fall following the award of the scholarship. Application Procedures In an effort to conserve on paper and facilitate the ease and speed of application and review, the GCFM is moving as much as possible to an electronically based application process. Applicants should download the one-page MLMS application form and the financial aid form, fill them out electronically and submit that material along with their letter of application (2 pages maximum) and their list of activities (2 pages maximum) to the GCFM Scholarship Chair, Linda Green, Only pages requiring signatures (eg. the application form, the financial aid form) should also be forwarded to the Chair by mail or courier. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted electronically but official transcripts should also be forwarded in paper copy. Applicants should ask their referees to send their letters electronically to the chair and send signed paper copies by post or courier to the Chair at the following address: Linda Green, 28 Willow Grove Road, Brunswick, ME 04011

GCSAA Legacy Awards

The GCSAA Legacy Awards competition offers education aid to the children and grandchildren of GCSAA members. Awards of $1,500 each are funded by Syngenta and the Environmental Institute for Golf. Applications will be reviewed by an independent committee consisting of three high school educators and three college administrators. All decisions of the committee will be final. Applicants will be notified of their status by mail by June 15 of the year submitted. All scholarship award checks will be made payable to the applicant and his/her educational institution. Eligibility: One or more of the applicant’s parents or grandparents must have been a GCSAA member for five or more consecutive years and must be a currently active GCSAA member in one of the following classifications: A, Superintendent Member, C, Retired-A, Retired-B or AA Life. The competition is open to natural or adoptive offspring of GCSAA members. Children or grandchildren of deceased members are also eligible if the member was active at the time of his or her death. The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or in the case of high school seniors, must be accepted at such an institution for the next academic year. Graduating high school seniors must include a letter of acceptance with the application If the applicant is currently serving or has served in any branch of the military, they are eligible if they are enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours per every 9 weeks at an accredited institution of higher learning, technical school or online program. Past winners are ineligible to apply the following year. They may reapply after a one-year hiatus. More than one student from the same family may apply and be awarded a scholarship within the same year. Children of those employed by Syngenta, the Environmental Institute for Golf’s Board of Trustees, the GCSAA Board of Directors, and GCSAA staff are not eligible for this program. Criteria for Selection: Applicants will be evaluated based on academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, leadership and outside employment. The student must submit an original essay of up to 500 words on any topic related to the golf industry. The essay must be original and not previously submitted to GCSAA. Financial need is not a factor in the selection. How to Apply: Students must complete the application form and supply the following: Transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended. Original essay. Graduating high school seniors must attach a collegiate letter of acceptance.

Joseph Morrill Award

This award was established in 1978 and is funded by contributions of The Bay State Seniors Golf Association. It is intendedfor a student of golf course agronomy.To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must have completed at least two years service to golf as caddies, helpers in the pro shop, or course superintendent operations at a club in Massachusetts. The awards are "need-based" and assist with tuition at accredited undergraduate institutions.

Hospitality/Hotel/Tourism Scholarship

Areas of Studies: Accommodation & Marketing, Golf Club Management and Operations, Hospitality Administration, Hospitality & Hotel Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, Hospitality Tourism and Leisure Management Hotel and Food Administration, Hotel and Resort Management, Hotel & Resort & Restaurant Management, Resort Operations, Tourism Management, Hospitality Management – Catering ProgramWho Can Apply * College students in the 1st year of a minimum two-year diploma program * University students in their first or second year of a degree program. This applies to universities whose above mentioned areas of studies start in their first year of a degree program (where scholarship is applicable). * University students in the third year of a degree program. This applies to universities whose above mentioned areas of studies start in third year, not in the first year of a degree program (where scholarship is applicable) * University students in the first-year of a 2+2 program (first 2 years completed in a community college) * Applicants must not have received any other Canadian Hospitality Foundation scholarships * Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents NOTE: Please see the areas of studies for each of the above mentioned scholarships.How to ApplyComplete the application form legibly and submit to the Awards Officer or your professor along with the following documents. Missing answers or incomplete documents may be grounds for elimination. * Completed and signed application form (we discourage the use of pencil to fill in the form and would encourage typewritten submission) * Resumé * OFFICIAL Transcripts of Records – most current transcript (web grades, photocopy, emailed nor faxed transcripts are NOT accepted) * Letter/s of recommendation from a current faculty member and/or school administrator has to be signed and must include address, telephone and where possible, email address * Letter/s of recommendation from past or present employers has to be signed and must include address, telephone and where possible, email addressCriteriaApplications are to be judged on the following criteria. Points assigned to each of the criteria (from a total of 100 points) are as follows: * Work experience (25): based on quality and length of work experience with extra points for foodservice, hospitality, and culinary-related experience and for increased levels of responsibility * Scholarship record (20): based on grade point average * Leadership and ability to get along with others (25): based on work experience, letters of reference and responses to application questions. * Professional promise (20): based on work experience, letters of reference and responses to application questions * Discretionary points (10): given to the discretion of each judge and based amongst other things on quality of application (neatness, imagination and effort put into the presentation).

GCSAA Scholars Competition

These scholarships range from $500 to $6,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to turf management, have completed at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time study in the appropriate major, and be a member of GCSAA. Selection criteria for this program includes academic excellence, work experience, extracurricular activities and potential to become a leading professional in the golf course management industry. The annual deadline is June 1.

Johnson & Wales University Golf Management Scholarship

This award was established in 2000 for Ouimet Scholars attending the golf management program at Johnson & Wales University’s Miami campus. The scholarship has been established as an incentive for scholars interested in golf management. The program offers a degree in golf management and a broad scope of opportunities within the golf industry.To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must have completed at least two years service to golf as caddies, helpers in the pro shop, or course superintendent operations at a club in Massachusetts. The awards are "need-based" and assist with tuition at accredited undergraduate institutions.

Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program

These awards provide financial assistance for the future educators and researchers of the turfgrass industry. Up to three $5,000 fellowships are awarded each year. Applicants must be candidates for master's or doctoral degrees in fields related to golf course management.

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