Donors

There are several opportunities to support our students and programs in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. Awards and scholarships are available to students in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences who show outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and involvement in department activities. These awards are presented annually at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Honors Banquet during Spring semester.

American Society of Agronomy Outstanding Senior Award

Chosen by a faculty committee, the recipient is a senior in Crop and Soil Sciences who combines leadership in the Spartan Agronomy Club and other departmental activities with a high level of academic success. The recipient receives an engraved plaque and key.

Burt Bradshaw Award of Lawn Equipment Inc.

Selected by a faculty committee, the recipient is an outstanding student in turfgrass science and has demonstrated leadership qualities. Plaque and a cash award are presented.

Charles E. and Frances M. Osterman Scholarship

Awarded to one of more undergraduate students majoring in Crop and Soil Sciences with an emphasis in turfgrass management. Applications are submitted in the spring of each year and awarded the following Fall and Spring semesters. Selection is made by the Department Scholarship Committee.

CSS Faculty Award

Cash awards are given annually to students who have completed at least two semesters of study at MSU and who demonstrate outstanding leadership and scholarship. The recipients are chosen by a faculty committee.

Elmer C. Rossman Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship presented annually to an undergraduate student who has completed at least two semesters of study at MSU and who demonstrates outstanding leadership and scholarship. The recipient is chosen by a faculty committee.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Scholarship

The recipient is chosen by the Association on the basis of scholarship, aptitude, achievement, character, attitude, professed interest in golf course management as a career, and a need for financial assistance. Applications for the scholarship are accepted upon the recommendation of the turfgrass advisor or turfgrass faculty only. Interested students should contact their turfgrass advisor, for additional information. The recipient receives a plaque, cash award, and a trip to the GCSAA national meeting.

Leyton V. Nelson Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship presented annually to an undergraduate student who has completed at least two semesters of study at MSU and who demonstrates outstanding leadership and scholarship. The recipient is chosen by a faculty committee.

L. S. Robertson Soil and Water Conservation Endowed Scholarship

Presented to a CSS undergraduate student emphasizing soil and/or water conservation and related fields. The recipient is chosen by a faculty committee.

Michigan Crop Improvement Scholarship

Sponsored by the Michigan Crop Improvement Association, the scholarship is given to incoming freshmen students. All of the departmental requirements are eliminated and the student, along with his/her academic adviser, will set up a preliminary 4-year set of courses directed by the career interests of the student. The student will have a range of paid work experiences available in research laboratories, field research, teaching assistant, and/or a Michigan Crop Improvement Association laboratory worker and field inspector. A senior honors thesis will be written from research executed during the junior-senior years’ work experience.

Michigan Turfgrass Foundation Hancock Award

A committee of faculty members and the Board of Directors of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation annually chooses a two-year or four-year student, based on character and potential to make a meaningful contribution to the turfgrass industry. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award.

Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association Award

This award is based on attitude and potential as a golf course superintendent and is given to a resident of Michigan enrolled in the two-year or four-year turfgrass program. The award is a certificate and cash.

Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Scholarship

A scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a student who demonstrates scholarship, outstanding attitude, and potential as a golf course superintendent. Selection is made by turfgrass faculty members.

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