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SFMA’s SAFE scholarships and grant applications now open

July 20, 2023
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Applications and nominations for the Sports Field Management Association’s (SFMA) SAFE scholarship and grant program are now open through Oct. 15.

The following scholarships and grants are available:

  • SAFE Scholarships: Awards are given to students who are pursuing turfgrass management or post-graduate research. Several of these are named in Dr. James Watson’s name and are completely funded by The Toro Company.
  • The Paul Zwaska Scholarship: The scholarship promotes diversity within the profession and recognizes and encourages full-time students pursuing a career in the Sports Field Management profession. This scholarship is provided by Beacon Athletics.
  • The Darian Daily Legacy Scholarship: Named in honor of a legendary supporter of SFMA and SAFE and a family man, this scholarship is awarded to dependents of members who are pursuing a field of academic study outside of the turfgrass industry.
  • Leo Goertz Membership Grant: Winners receive a two-year SFMA membership. Multiple grants are awarded to sports field managers or crew members who are not members of SFMA. This grant is supported by Pioneer Athletics.
  • Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant: Named in honor of Gary Vanden Berg, CSFM, for his contributions to the industry in promoting internships, students who have interned are eligible to submit post-internship to augment their internship wages.
  • Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant: This named grant provides funding for an SFMA chapter member to attend the SFMA annual conference. This grant is made possible through the support of Turface Athletics.

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