GCSAA Student Essay Contest

This program awards scholarships totaling $4,500 to applicants who are undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in turfgrass science, agronomy or any other field related to golf course management. Applicants must be GCSAA members.


The essay topic should focus on golf course management.


Essays must be no longer than 2,000 words. References and/or bibliography must be included. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified. Plagiarism is any use of another writer's words, concepts, or sequence of ideas without acknowledging that writer by the use of property documentation. In an informal essay, an internal citation to introduce direct quotes, paraphrased or summarized material may be sufficient documentation. All work submitted must be original.

All entries become the property of GCSAA and may be published or adapted for later use in GCSAA publications.

The annual deadline is March 31.

Judging criteria:

Essays should be original, compelling, well-organized, readable, persuasive and creative. Technical accuracy, composition skills (spelling, grammar, etc.) and the student's adherence to the contest rules will be considered by the judges.


The judges may select up to three winners who receive scholarship prizes. Prizes are: $2,000 for first place; $1,500 for second place; and $1,000 for third place. In addition to prizes, winning entries may be published or excerpted on the GCSAA website and in Golf Course Management magazine.

If you have any questions, contact Mischia Wright, associate director, development, at 800-472-7878, ext. 4445.