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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.

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.

Sustainable LawnCare Leaders Scholarship

LawnCare.net is proud to offer a $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in sustainable botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related field. We believe that sustainable practices are the key to a healthy planet and thriving environmental service industry. This scholarship is to help raise awareness about different sustainability efforts and why they are crucial for the success of those pursuing careers in these fields. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria and shows outstanding potential to be a front-runner for green practices in his or her career. Candidates must be United States citizens or legal residents enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

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.

The Royal Spanish Golf Federation Scholarship

The Royal Spanish Golf Federation Scholarship for Golf Course Management is a two-year program established to fund the education of individuals from Spain who are pursuing turfgrass management degrees from Michigan State University. The recipients receive $10,000 for two years for tuition and books.

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.

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.

Par Aide's Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant Program

The goal of this program is to assist GCSAA members' children in funding their education at either an accredited college or trade school. It is available to the children of GCSAA members who have been an active member for five or more consecutive years. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior and be accepted at an institution of higher learning for the upcoming year. The annual deadline is March 15. Par Aide's Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant competition offers educational aid to the children and step-children of GCSAA members. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors and accepted at institutions of higher learning for the upcoming year. Funded by Par Aide in honor of Joseph S. Garske and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf. $7,500 in scholarships will be awarded. Applications will be reviewed by three educators who are not GCSAA or superintendent members. All judging decisions will be final. Applicants will be notified by mail of their status by May 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 step-parents 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, or AA life. The competition is only open to children and step-children of GCSAA members. Children or step-children of deceased members are also eligible if the member was active for five years at the time of his or her death. The student must be planning to continue his/her education at a post secondary or trade school. The student must be accepted at such an institution for the next academic year. A letter of acceptance must be included with the application. If student has yet to receive such letter, please indicate that letter of acceptance is pending and will be sent at a later date. Although any number of students from the same family may apply, only one student per family will be eligible to receive an award in the same year. Children of those employed by Par Aide, 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 extracurricular and community involvement, leadership, outside employment, and academic achievement. In addition, the student must submit an original essay of up to, but not exceeding, 500 words evaluating a significant experience, achievement, or risk and its impact on the student. 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 and submit the following: Transcripts from all high schools attended. Original essay. A letter of acceptance to a post secondary or trade school. All applications must be submitted by March 15.

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, parsnip@myfairpoint.net 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

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.

Deacon Palmer Scholarship

This award was established in 1998 and is named after the late father of Arnold Palmer. The Deacon Palmer Scholarship is for an Ouimet Scholar who intends to pursue a career in golf. Deacon Palmer spent his career as a course superintendent and golf professional at Latrobe Country Club in Western Pennsylvania. He died in 1976. Initial funding of the award came throughproceeds of the Ouimet Fund’s “Evening with Arnold Palmer” gala dinner in 1997 and another $100,000 was added to the endowment through proceeds of the 1999 “Boston Pops/Salute to the Ryder Cup and Arnold Palmer.”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.

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