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Meet the 2016 Recipients: PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship

The PAGCS is proud to offer the Turf Student Scholarship Program, helping advance the careers of talented men and women who will shape the future of the industry. This year’s deadline is fast approaching: click here for full details and application.

The 2016 recipients represent the top of their class, such as Joe Kopania. Joe was awarded the 2016 Frank I. Shuman Scholarship. This award is funded by the generosity of Frank’s son, Frank T. Shuman, in memory of his father. Frank I. Shuman was an industry leader and Eb Steiniger Award recipient. Like father, like son, Frank T. Shuman followed his dad’s lead and has been one of our industry’s best friends. In 2015, he was awarded the Eb Steiniger Award.

Joe Kopania is working on a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass from Penn State University. A previous intern at the Bucks Club under Joe Agnew, he plans to graduate in May 2019.

Next up, meet Jacob Shughart, whose equally impressive resume includes stints at Maidstone Club and Bidermann Golf Club with Jon Urbanski. Jacob received one of two scholarships awarded in the name of the PAGCS. He earned his two- year certificate in turf from Penn State this past spring and currently serves as Assistant Project Manager at Total Turf with Greg Hufner.

The second recipient, Seamus Foley, is a current Penn State student, studying Turfgrass Science. Before heading to his current internship at Saucon Valley under Jim Roney, Seamus worked for John Gosselin at Aronimink. He plans to graduate this coming May.

Among the scholarships available each year, there is one that is the most tenured. The George E. Ley Scholarship, so named for its benefactor, has been awarded since the 1990s. George has supported the PAGCS, its members, and the Scholarship Program for decades, and the annual scholarship outings were his brainchild.

Please meet the 2016 George E. Ley Scholarship Recipient: Scott Musser. Scott earned his B.S. in Biology-Ecology from West Chester University in 2015 and proceeded to intern with Paul Stead, CGCS, at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club in 2016. He is now enrolled in Penn State’s World Campus working on a masters of science and has taken on the roll of Paul’s second assistant superintendent. Scott plans to graduate this December.

Please share the scholarship program information and the Sept. 30th deadline with any student you know who has worked or is working for a PAGCS superintendent: http://www.pagcs.org/member-services/turf-student-scholarship-program-information-and-application/

2016 PAGCS Turf Student Scholarship Application Process Now Open; Deadline Is August 15, 2016

The PAGCS is proud to provide scholarships to current turf students who are or have been employed by PAGCS golf course superintendents. These scholarships are funded by the generosity of benefactors Frank T. Shuman, George E. Ley, and PAGCS members and supporters via the annual PAGCS Scholarship Tournament.

The application process is now open and runs through August 15, 2016. Please click here for full details.

2016 PAGCS Scholarship Benefit Outing: Monday, May 16

The 2016 Scholarship Benefit is less than three weeks away! Get ready for a fun-filled day that opens with a 10 a.m. Shotgun followed by a phenomenal Pig Roast, supplied by George Ley, the founder of the PAGCS Scholarship program. Registration is now open. Once registered, you will receive an e-mail with a link to payment options.
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Event Info
Location: Cobbs Creek Golf Course
Host: Eliezer Rodriguez
Tee Gift Sponsor: Pocono Turf Supply
Registration: 9 a.m.
Shotgun: 10 a.m.
Pig Roast Reception: 2:30 p.m., Sponsored by George Ley & Company
Reception Beverages Sponsored by Genesis Turfgrass
Skill Prizes Sponsored by Fisher & Son Company

Costs
Full Day: $75
Pig Roast only: $30
Hole Sponsorship*: $150
Twosome with Hole Sponsorship*: $275 [a $25 savings]
Foursome with Hole Sponsorship*: $400 [a $50 savings]
[*This is the only PAGCS event that offers hole sponsorship opportunities;
all proceeds go directly to fund the PAGCS scholarship program]

PAGCS Awards Scholarships in Honor of Shuman, Ley

martinez shumanEach year, the PAGCS awards scholarships to deserving turf students who work for PAGCS members. This year, the PAGCS awarded two scholarships:  one Frank I. Shuman  and one George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship was awarded to Brandon McNally, an intern at Bidermann Golf Club working for PAGCS member Jon Urbanski. Brandon is studying turf science management at Purdue and aims to graduate with a B.S. in 2017.

The George E. Ley Turf Student Scholarship gets its roots from George Ley and his generosity and desire to give back to the industry. George, a tireless supporter of the golf turf profession, began hosting golf outings to raise funds for scholarships in the 1990s.

The Frank I. Shuman Scholarship was created by Frank’s son, Frank T., to honor his father. The younger Frank, another quiet and tireless devotee of the golf turf profession and the golf course superintendent, has generously donated to this scholarship fund for a decade. This year’s recipient, Luis Martinez, also works at Bidermann and attends Penn State. He plans to graduate from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Two-Year Program this coming spring.