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GCSAA awards 9 grants totaling $12,000

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America announces Garske grant winners

Par Aide sponsors scholarship program for children of superintendents

Lawrence, Kan. (July 30, 2019) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2019 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Jaden Kervern, Karley Warner, Gabriel Campion, Henry J. Cella, Jonathan Charlton, Anna Disselkamp, Sydney McCleary, Maggie Taylor and Abbie Wooten.

Established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske, the Garske grant program is funded by the golf course accessory company and administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. For 16 years, the program has helped children and stepchildren of GCSAA members fund their education at an accredited college or trade school with one-time, one-year grants. There are nine grants awarded for a total of $12,000. Grants are based on community service, leadership, academic performance and a written essay.

"Through the generosity of longtime supporter Par Aide, we are able help the children of our members further their education through the Garske grants," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans." “We wish these students, who are part of the GCSAA family, the best of luck as they pursue dreams."

  • Kervern has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend Florida State University to major in political science. Her father, George Kervern, is the superintendent at Palm Beach (Fla.) Country Club.
  • Warner has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, majoring in animal science/veterinary science. Her father, Tyler Warner, is a sales manager at Andersons, Inc. in Spencer, Tenn.
  • Campion has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Ohio State University to major in biology. His father, James Campion III, is director of golf courses and grounds at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Cella has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Notre Dame to major in finance. His father, Luke Cella, CGCS, is the executive director of the Midwest Association of GCS in Lemont, Ill.
  • Charlton has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in journalism. His father, Daniel Charlton, is the superintendent at Evanston Golf Course in Skokie, Ill.
  • Disselkamp has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Louisville to major in English and studio art. Her father, Aaron Disselkamp, CGCS, is the superintendent at Standard Country Club in Louisville, Ky.
  • McCleary has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Arizona to major in business/pre-law. Her father, Joseph McCleary, CGCS, is a GCSAA AA-Retired member in Centennial, Colo.
  • Taylor has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Juniata College to major in politics/international relations. Her father, Frederick N. Taylor III, CGCS, is superintendent at Mankato Golf Club in Madison Lake, Minn.
  • Wooten has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend Oklahoma State University to major in plant biotechnology and improvement. Her father, Jared Wooten, is superintendent at Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club.

"Par Aide is proud to be able to give something back to superintendents and their children," said Dan Brown, Par Aide sales and marketing manager. "Golf course superintendents have a tireless dedication to the game of golf, and we want to honor them and their families for their efforts.”
About Par Aide
Since 1954, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories "Wherever Golf is Played." The family-owned company offers a full line of premium golf course accessories, including tee, green and practice area products, tools, and signage. Headquartered in Lino Lakes, Minn., Par Aide distributes products to golf courses through a worldwide network of dealers. Par Aide is a member of the Presidential Club of the EIFG's cumulative giving program. Presidential Club level donors have contributed $100,000 - $249,999 to the EIFG since 1987. Par Aide is also a silver PRP partner of GCSAA. For more information, visit www.paraide.com.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org. or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact:
Angela Hartmann
Director, Marketing and Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-832-3647 (cell)
ahartmann@gcsaa.org

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