For a number of years now, we have been offering a couple two year legacy scholarships through the GCSAA’s Environmental Institute of Golf. Congratulations to second year recipient Jackson Esoda, son of Mark Esoda, CGCS, Atlanta CC in Marietta, GA. New recipients include, Jenna Gunselman, step-daughter of Jeffrey Madsen, The Club at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, TN; Eric Andersen, son of Jeff Andersen, Ute Creek GC in Longmont, CO; and Morgan Millies, daughter of Jeffrey Millies, CGCS at Edgewood GC in Big Bend, WI.
We at Par Aide, are pleased to be able to assist with the high costs of a college education. The young people who are awarded the Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants have earned the funding through an application process. We initiated these grants as a way of saying thank you to the golf course Superintendents who have provided Par Aide the success it enjoys. It has always been my belief that Superintendents work a labor of love. Given their responsibilities and talents, I believe that they settle for less of an income than they could earn in other professions and thus college education funding for their children is more of a hardship.
The name of our scholarship, Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant, was meant as a tribute to my father and the founder of Par Aide who had only a 6th grade education and showed an interest in helping others go well beyond what he had.
In an effort to provide more students with funding we have decided to go away from the two year grants and instead double the number of recipients. We ask that you have your son or daughter apply and/or let any fellow Superintendents know that these funds are available. For full details, contact the GCSAA.