OGSA is committed to broadening knowledge through formal education channels and by exchanging experiences and ideas with fellow members. One avenue we achieve this is through our Scholarship and Awards Program. We also acknowledge individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession with the "William Sansom" Distinguished Service Award, recognize superintendents and their teams who host provincially significant tournaments at their courses, and recognize the longstanding OGSA members.
Submission deadlines vary. Please review the scholarship or award you're interested in for more details about eligibility and/or submission criteria.
AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS
NORM McCOLLUM ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP | | 1 award available
Awards a total of $2,500 of which the OGSA contributes $1000 annually. Administered by the University of Guelph, students entering the Associate Diploma in Turf Grass Management are eligible. Applications must be submitted to the U of G, Student Financial Services by April 15 of each year.
TURFGRASS EDUCATION AWARDS | 1st place: $2,200 | 2nd place $1,200 | 2 awards available
For students pursuing a career in turfgrass management and enrolled in a fulltime post-secondary program. This award is judged on essay submissions as well as academic achievement. Applications must be received by the OGSA office no later than November 1st of each year.
TURF MANAGERS SHORT COURSE | $1300 + 1 year OGSA membership | 1 award available
All University of Guelph Turf Managers' Short Course students who are employed by an Ontario golf course are eligible for this award, there is no application required. The student within the eligible group who achieves the highest marks will be notified and the award dispersed by the OGSA once the top mark is submitted by the academic advisor.
WILLIAM SANSOM DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD | 1 award available
Awarded through member nomination for outstanding contributions to the profession. Nominations must be received prior to October 1st of each year.
PAUL BROWN INTERNSHIP | $2000 | 1 award available
Funded by G.C Duke, supporting one intern in their quest to acquire knowledge. Email submissions only. Essays must be sent directly to G.C. Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org and the OGSA at email@example.com by Dec 15 of each year.
AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS ONLY
HUGH KIRKPATRICK BURSARY | $2,000 | 2 awards available
For Assistant Superintendent Members (Class C). Fully funded by the OGSA. Applications must be received by the OGSA office no later than November 1st of each year.
OGSA HERITAGE AWARDS | 1st place: $2,000 | 2nd place $1,500 | 2 awards available
For children or grandchildren of OGSA members enrolled in college or university program not related to turfgrass. Applications must be received by the OGSA office no later than November 1st of each year.
SUPERINTENDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM
In the spring of 2003, the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA) Board of Directors instituted a recognition program for superintendents who host provincially significant tournaments at their respective courses to acknowledge their considerable contribution to a successful tournament. There is no application required; recipients will be approached by the OGSA.