Each 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.