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Ohio State ATI turfgrass student wins national scholarship

Submitted by Zane Raudenbush,

Ohio State ATI turfgrass major James Schon has been awarded a nationally competitive scholarship by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America through the GCSAA’s 2020 Scholars Competition, which recognizes outstanding college students planning careers in golf course management.

The GCSAA Scholars Competition is funded primarily by the Robert Trent Jones Endowment and is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA’s philanthropic organization. This year, the program awarded $28,000 in scholarships.

Scholars Competition 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 the program include academic achievement, employment history, extracurricular activities, potential to become a leading professional in the golf course management industry, and recommendations from a current academic adviser and a superintendent with whom the student has worked.

This is the first time in Ed's and my tenure at ATI that one of our students has received one of these nationally competitive scholarships.

Congratulations, James!