Scholarships

2018 McAfee and Hobbs Scholarships
Applications Now Available
Deadline December 1

 The Texas STMA established a scholarship fund to promote the sports turf profession to students interested in turfgrass management and to assist sports turf professionals seeking to improve through continuing education courses. These scholarships promote the sports turf management profession as a career choice and demonstrates the necessity of the sports turf manager as a vital position within any organization that provides sports fields.

The Dr. James McAfee Scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a turf management or agronomy program, with emphasis in sports turf management, at a four-year college or university. Applicants do not have to be current members of Texas STMA. This scholarship is awarded based on criteria adopted from the STMA SAFE Scholarship by the Texas STMA Board of Directors.

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The Cody Hobbs Scholarship will be awarded to a professional or commercial member of Texas STMA who seeks to improve their knowledge in the profession of sports turf management through continuing education or correspondence courses by an accredited college or university. This scholarship is awarded based on criteria established by the Texas STMA Board of Directors. The applicant must also provide valid reasons as to why they will benefit from this award and must complete the course within one year.

Scholarships are awarded at the Annual Business Meeting held each December in conjunction with the Texas Turfgrass Association Winter Conference and Exhibit.

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Leo Goertz Student Internship Grant was designed to honor Leo Goertz’s legacy of serving as a mentor to countless students by providing hands-on learning experiences in the sports turf industry. This grant will be awarded to a student enrolled in an accredited college or university who is performing an internship under the guidance of a sports field manager at a professional, collegiate, or recreational athletic facility. This award is intended to help students with moving and/or living expenses associated with performing an internship and to make this experience more accessible to students interested in sports turf management.
Details of this grant as are as follows:

  • This grant is open to students interested in working in sports turf management and does not depend on them being enrolled in a turfgrass management program.
  • This grant is open to students attending a college or university in Texas, or to students attending a college or university outside of Texas but performing their internship in Texas.
  • Applications for this grant are due on May 1st during the year the student is performing the internship.