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    GCSAA Scholars Competition

    Offered by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 6, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $500 - $6,000

    Grade level

    College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Application deadline:

    June 1, 2024

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) member enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to turf management? Further, have you completed at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time study in your major? If so, the GCSAA Scholars Competition may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $6,000 to outstanding students planning careers in golf and turfgrass management. Marginalized or underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. In addition, students who are citizens of countries other than the United States may apply for the Ambassador Award, a special scholarship for outstanding international students.

    If you’re a GCSAA member and current undergraduate pursuing a degree related to turf management, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

    The GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession and improving communities through the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. GCSAA believes in investing in the future of the profession. To ensure this, GCSAA's philanthropic arm, the GCSAA Foundation, 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.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Citizenship

    U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Other

    Miscellaneous

    Applicants must (1) be GCSAA members and (2) be enrolled in a two or more year accredited program related to golf/turfgrass management.

    Application information

    In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit an Advisor's Report and a Superintendent's Report (must be completed by a golf course superintendent for whom you have worked).

    Essay

    Academic transcript

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

    Yes, this scholarship is restricted for use at two-year and four-year colleges.

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    Yes, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens and international students.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Golf Course Superintendents Association of America at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the GCSAA Scholars Competition is renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

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