Penn State Turf Student Wins Prestigious Walter J. Travis Scholarship

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Travis Society.jpgFollowing is a list of the four students receiving the 2013 Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship.

Christopher Marra, of Pennsylvania, entering his junior year in the Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences with a major in Turfgrass Science.  Chris' goal is to become a golf course superintendent.

Carlyn Babinec, an Ohioan, entering her senior year as a Physical Therapy major in the Sport and Exercise Science program at Gannon University in Erie, PA.  Carlyn's application fit beautifully in the "amateur" golf category, i.e. a student who is an excellent golfer who is pursuing a career outside the golf industry.

Payton Minear, an Iowan, who will be a freshman this fall in the Professional Golf Management program at Florida Golf Coast University.  Her goal is to be a golf professional with a strong emphasis on teaching and attracting juniors and women to the game of golf.

Andrew Travers, an incoming freshman in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture of the University of Massachusetts, with a major in turfgrass management.  Andrew's goal is to become a golf course superintendent.

These four outstanding scholars were near unanimous choices of the five members of the Scholarship Selection Committee.
Brief profiles of each of the winners will be posted on the Travis Society website within the next day or so.

The Travis Memorial Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture; golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent; professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf.

The following criteria are used in the evaluation and judging of all applicants:

  • Academic record
  • Involvement in golf-related interests and activities
  • Career goals (Not applicable for students who are applying in the category of "amateur golfer")
  • Extracurricular activities, including volunteer work with student/community organizations; participation in sports and community affairs; jobs held; special interests, and hobbies
Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients!

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