SAFE Grants

NOTE: If Oct. 15th falls on the weekend, all Scholarship and Grant applications will be accepted through the following Monday.


SAFE Grants

  • Leo Goertz Membership Grant (New!)
  • Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant
  • Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant


Leo Goertz Membership Grant (New!)

A grant established to honor longtime SAFE Board of Trustees member and STMA member Leo Goertz is ready for nominations. Leo passed away suddenly, and SAFE and STMA created this grant to recognize his commitment to the profession.

The Leo Goertz Membership Grant awards up to $1500 annually to fund new, two-year memberships in STMA. The eligibility criteria for Nominees includes:

• must be a Sports Turf Manager or member of a crew managing sports fields
• should not have been an STMA member for at least 5 years

STMA national or chapter members or a fellow employee can nominate an individual. The grant also allows for self-nomination. To apply, fill out this simple, one-page form no later than Oct. 15.

Leo served on the SAFE Board of Trustees from 2006 – 2011. After his board service, he stayed actively involved with SAFE through helping with its fundraising events. He joined STMA in 1988. Leo was awarded one of STMA's highest honors in 2010, the Harry C. Gill Founders Award. This award was established to honor an individual for their hard work in the sports turf industry and to acknowledge their dedication to STMA. SAFE and STMA believe that Leo's biggest contribution to the Foundation and to the association was in his ability to 'give back'. Through this grant, we continue his legacy of 'giving back'.

The grant is funded through The SAFE Foundation and is made possible by a generous gift from Pioneer Athletics for 10 years.


Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant

The SAFE Foundation announces the introduction and funding of the inaugural Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant. This grant honors Gary Vanden Berg, CSFM, for his contributions to the industry in promoting internships. Gary was the Director of Grounds for the Milwaukee Brewers until his death on October 10th, 2011, and his commitment to creating an excellent learning experience for interns was legendary throughout the MLB and the entire sports turf industry.

This grant will be awarded in late fall each year for an internship completed the during the spring or summer of that year. STMA Student Members in good standing who are currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours or were enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester just prior to the internship are eligible to submit for the $1,000 grant. Thus, recent graduates who completed an internship after graduation are eligible. The grant will be awarded in the fall and the winner introduced at the STMA Annual Conference in January.

The grant is intended to offset the costs a student may have incurred while interning including, but not limited to, transportation, lodging, and food, or as a subsidy to wages. In addition to receiving the $1,000 grant, the winner will also receive a full conference registration and three night’s lodging at the next STMA National Conference and Exhibition.

The deadline to submit is Oct. 15. To apply, click here. If you are interested in making a donation in Gary’s honor to help fund this grant for future years, contact Kim Heck, 800-323-3875.

Previous winners of the Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant:

2016 - Amanda Folck, Ohio State University 
2015 - Tyler Carr, University of Arkansas

2014 - Jeremy Langlois, University of Massachussets/Amherst
2013 - Zachary Avers, Ohio State University
2012 - Nik Wooldridge, Colorado State University
2011 - Aaron Bryant, University of Tennessee


Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant

The SAFE Foundation will award the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant, sponsored by Turface Athletics again this year. This $1,000 grant is intended to fund a portion of the winner's attendance at the STMA Conference in January. All members of an STMA affiliated chapter are eligible to win, and must be nominated through a letter of recommendation by a National STMA Member.

The deadline to apply for the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant will be October 15. STMA will provide a complimentary conference registration to the winner, and the winner will be recognized at the Association's annual Awards Banquet held at the conference.

The STMA Scholarship Committee, who judges the SAFE Scholarship winners each year, will be involved in the selection of winner. Click here to download the nomination form. This form includes the criteria for eligibility and guidance for writing your nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact STMA headquarters at 800-323-3875.

STMA would like to thank Turface Athletics for their support of the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant.

Previous Winners of the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant

2016 - Nicholas Lievense, Purdue University 
2015 - Doug Watt - West Marshall High School

2014 - Daniel Losito - North Carolina State University
2013 - Don Scholl, CSFM - City of Tracy, CA
2012 - Gabriel Mitchell - San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2011 - Weston Floyd - University of Texas/Tyler - Tyler, TX
2010 - Kevin Fernandez - White Bear Lake School District - White Bear Lake, MN
2009 - Eddie Atherton - City of Owensboro - Owensboro, KY

 


 

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