Scholarships

GCSAA believes in investing in the future of the profession. To ensure this, GCSAA's philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf, administers a number of different scholarships for students pursuing careers in the golf course industry, future turfgrass researchers and educators, children and grandchildren of GCSAA members, and foreign students studying in the United States.

Details for each opportunity are available below. Contact Mischia Wright, associate director, development, at 800-472-7878 ext. 4445, if you have any questions.

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Funded by The Toro Company

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. Applications for 2017 Watson Fellowship Program will be available August 15.

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Applicants must be enrolled full time at an accredited institution of higher learning, or for high school seniors, they must have been accepted at such an institution for the next academic year.

In addition, award winners are ineligible to apply the year following their award, but can reapply after a one-year hiatus.

General

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

  • At least one or more of the applicant's parents or grandparents must be an active Class A, B, C, Equipment Manager, A-Retired, B-Retired or AA member of GCSAA and/or IGCEMA for five or more consecutive years. The competition is open to natural or adoptive offspring of GCSAA members. Children, stepchildren 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 annual deadline is April 15.

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.

 

ParAideThe 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.

General

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. $12,000 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, B, 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 Royal Spanish Golf Federation Scholarship

Funded by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation

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

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Funded by the Club de Golf Valderrama

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