Since the inception of the SAFE Scholarship Program in 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $125,000 in scholarship and travel to deserving students.  In 2008 we awarded $12,500 to eight recipients in two-year, four-year, and graduate level categories.  No recipient receives less than $1,000 and the committee likes to help as many students as possible with the money they are authorized to distribute. Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, computers, software, or other academic expenses approved by the SAFE Foundation.  Former winners are MLB and NFL groundskeepers, STMA Presidents, and leading researchers in the field. 
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An Adobe PDF version of the application.

A MicroSoft Word version of the application.

To be eligible to submit an application for a SAFE scholarship, a student must be an STMA Student member and enrolled in turf management or a related subject with the intention of pursuing sports turf management or research as a career, and have one semester of study remaining.

 A panel of judges independently scores each entry based on students’ academic preparation, experience in the sports turf management industry, professional goals, extracurricular activities, and input from academic advisors/instructors and employers. Each applicant also must write an essay describing his or her background and career aspirations within the industry.   

The deadline to submit all SAFE Scholarship materials is October 15, 2009. Winners will be announced in November and will subsequently be recognized during the Annual Awards Banquet on Fri., Jan. 15, 2010 at the 21st Annual STMA Conference and Exhibition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the STMA Conference and three nights lodging at a Disney property while at conference.
Please encourage your students to apply for these prestigious scholarships.

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