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The GCSAA, a golf course management organization, has awarded 13 college students with scholarships.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has awarded scholarships to 13 college students as part of the GCSAA Scholars Program, funded and administered by GCSAA's philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf.

First place winner, John S. Parvin, a student at Michigan State University will receive a $6,000 scholarship, and will be honored as the Mendenhall Award Winner.

The second place winner, Fernando Exposito Munoz of Jaen, Spain, will receive a $5,000 award and is designated as the recipient of the Allan MacCurrach Award. The MacCurrach Award is funded by the PGA Tour. Exposito Munoz will also receive an additional $2,500 award by earning the Ambassador Award. He is an international student at Michigan State University.

Both Parvin and Exposito Munoz also will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando (February 1st - 6th).

Other recipients include:

  • Dalton T. Wayman, University of Tennessee, $2,500

  • Cody Stewart, California Polytechnic State University, $2,000

  • Teddy Norman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, $1,500

  • Paul M. Jacobs III, Michigan State University, $1,500

  • Thomas Jacobs, Michigan State University, $750

  • Brian P. Hogan, Institute of Applied Agriculture, $750

  • Eric Lewellen, California Polytechnic State University, $500

  • Gordon M. Porter, Florida Gateway College, $500

  • James Morgan, Florida Gateway College, $500

  • Jacob S. Fawaz, Michigan State University, $500

  • Cory A. Yurisic, University of Tennessee, $500

The GCSAA Scholars Program is funded by the Environmental Institute for Golf's Robert Trent Jones Endowment and was developed to recognize outstanding students planning careers in golf course management.

Winners were selected to receive scholarship awards based on the final ranking in a competition judged by GCSAA's Scholarship Committee. Factors considered were academic achievement, potential to become a leading professional, employment history, extracurricular activities, and recommendations from a superintendent with whom the student has worked and a current academic advisor.

Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to golf/turf management and be a GCSAA member. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time study in an appropriate major.

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