GCSAA Scholars Competition

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Amount
Awarded

$3,625

Awarded

Application Deadline

June 1

Monday
Awarded By:

Environmental Institute for Golf

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The first-place winner will be honored as the Mendenhall Award Winner. The second-place winner will be honored as the Allan MacCurrach Award Winner. One outstanding international student will receive the Ambassador Award. (If an international student is selected as the first- or second-place student overall, the Ambassador Award will go to the next highest ranked international student.) There will be additional Scholar and Merit awards given. Last year, there were 14 scholarships awarded total.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a member of the GCSAA.
  2. Must be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major related to golf/turfgrass management. Recipients must be planning a career as golf superintendents or other closely-related professional discipline.
  3. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  4. Must be a current undergraduate college student who has completed his/her first year (24 credit hours or equivalent) in an eligible program. Please note: Seniors graduating prior to the application deadline of June 1 are ineligible.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: International and U.S. undergraduate students who are members of GCSAA are eligible to apply for this award. Students must have completed their first year in a program related to golf/turfgrass management.

Application requirements for the GCSAA Scholars Competition are:

  • Application form
  • Transcript
  • Essay
  • Advisor's report
  • Superintendent report
Additional Information: Applications will be reviewed by the GCSAA Scholarship Committee and all decisions will be final. Applicants will be evaluated based on academic achievement, potential to become a leading professional, employment history, extracurricular activities, the recommendation of a superintendent with whom the student has worked, and a current academic advisor. Financial need is not a factor in the selection. Each applicant will be notified by mail of his/her status by Aug. 1 in the year submitted. All scholarship award checks will be made payable to the applicant and his/her educational institution. Current members of The GCSAA Environmental Institute for Golf, The GCSAA Board of Directors, GCSAA staff members, and their families are not eligible for this program.

Award Amount: The Mendenhall Award winner will receive $6,000. The Allan MacCurrach Award winner will receive $5,000. The Mendenhall and MacCurrach recipients also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Golf Industry Show. The Ambassador Award winner will receive $2,500 if ranked third through fifth place, or $2,000 if ranked sixth place or below. Scholar and Merit award winners receive awards ranging from $500 to $2,000. Previous recipients are eligible to re-apply if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,625.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, June 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, June 1

Applications are available on the Enviorment Institute for Golf (EIG) website. In addition to the completed application, each student must submit the following materials: transcripts from all universities and postsecondary schools attended that include grades from the last completed semester (unofficial accepted); a double-spaced, typed essay of no more than two pages in length addressing the three questions posed within the application (must not have been previously submitted to the GCSAA); an 'Advisor's Report' completed by his/her academic advisor or the head of the department at the school that he/she currently attends; and a 'Superintendent's Report' completed by a golf course superintendent for whom he/she has worked. Both forms should be mailed in separate sealed envelopes and mailed with the student's application. Please note: If the student is a non-U.S. citizen and wishes to be considered for the Ambassador's Award, he/she should include documentation of citizenship (such as birth certification, passport, etc.). All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by the deadline date.
Contact: Mischia Wright
Address: 1421 Research Park Drive Lawrence, Kansas 66049-3859

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