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The Penn State Turfgrass Project is pleased to announce the first annual award of the E.H. Griffith Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Penn State Turfgrass Science student nominated by the faculty at Penn State.

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Mr. Randy Zidik, representing E.H. Griffith Inc., congratulates
 Mr. James Cross on receiving the first annual E.H. Griffith Scholarship.

E.H. Griffith created an endowment at Penn State, the proceeds from which will be used to fund this annual scholarship. E.H. Griffith began in 1931, when Elliot Howard Griffith went to Pittsburgh with Toro Commercial Equipment and Milorganite Fertilizer and started a distributorship in Eastern Pittsburgh. Today, E.H. Griffith, Inc. using Toro and Milorganite as its backbone has developed into a distributorship of many products and services devoted to the Commercial Turf Market including Golf Courses, Landscapers, Lawn Care Operators, Municipalities, Schools, Athletic Fields, and Estates.

This year's E.H. Griffith's scholarship winner is Mr. James Cross. Mr. Cross graduated near the top of his class and has been involved in plant breeding research as an undergraduate student at Penn State. Mr. Cross will be continuing his education, pursuing an M.S. in turfgrass breeding from Rutgers University.

Everyone in the Penn State Turf Project wants to congratulate Mr. Cross and express their sincere appreciation to E.H. Griffith for their support of Penn State Turfgrass Science Students.

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) Awarded scholarships to three outstanding graduating seniors in Penn State's undergraduate turfgrass science major.

The $2,000 scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and leadership potential. The students were honored at a recent luncheon meeting at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Devin Rickabaugh receiving scholarship from PTC Executive Director
Ms. Kim Pagett, Executive Director of the PTC. Devin has accepted
a position at Carlisle Country Club in Carlisle, PA

Nick Gialloreto receiving award from Dr. Andy McNitt. Nick will
be working as an assistant at the Philadelphia Eagles
Novacare Center and Lincoln Financial Stadium.

Brandon Anderson receiving scholarship from PTC Executive Director
Ms. Kim Pagett, Executive Director of the PTC. Brandon has started a
position as Assistant Superintendent at Whispering Woods in Erie PA

Join the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council in congratulating these students! The Penn State Turf Project would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTC for their continued support!

clip_image001.jpgWe are pleased to announce that Mr. Nicholas Troutman, senior in turfgrass science at Penn State was a successful candidate to the Jacobsen's Future Turf Manager's Seminar to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina May 17-20, 2010.

"This program provides some of the brightest new turf managers around with the opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of the premier facilities in the world. At Jacobsen we are committed to giving them a practical view of the profession, while offering guidance, support and the added value of our experience to help these up and coming turf professionals embrace the industry," states Jacobesn's president Dan Wilkinson.

Nick has worked at a number of golf courses including Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, Penn State's Blue White Courses, Quail Hollow Golf Club in North Carolina, and Lancaster Country Club and Lykens Valley Golf Course in Pennsylvania.

Nick graduates in May with his B.S. in Turfgrass Science and has accepted a position at Shorehaven Country Club up in Norwalk, CT starting in June 2010.

"We started this program in the 1970s to give promising young minds in the industry a glimpse of life as a turf professional," said Ralph Nicotera, who has been involved in the Future Turf Managers program for nearly 30 years and currently serves as Jacobsen vice president of sales. "Jacobsen has always invested in education and this program has helped hundreds of turf students get a jump start on their careers."


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