Bayer CropScience now accepting Plant Health Scholarship applications

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Bayer_healthy_turfEnvironmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is now accepting applications for its second annual Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Scholarship to further advance plant health research and education in the turf care industry. Two superintendent applicants will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue their education in the area of plant health as part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program Bayer developed in collaboration with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA’s) Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).

“We are excited to support superintendents who value continuing education and are helping to lead the way to a healthier, more sustainable future,” says David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer’s professional turf and ornamentals (T&O) business. “The Plant Health Scholarship program aims to empower superintendents with the tools they need to further plant health on their courses and share practices and insights that will help promote a better future for the T&O industry.”

Superintendents may apply for the Plant Health Scholarships now through Oct. 10. Scholarship recipients may use the award to attend local, regional or national educational conferences, or to enroll in continuing education programs at an institution of higher learning. To apply, superintendents can visit the application page. Applicants must be employed as a golf course superintendent, and must also be a Class A or superintendent member (SM) of GCSAA and be enrolled in the My Bayer Rewards customer loyalty program. Applicants must also be employed in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

“Going back to school is one of the best decisions of my life, and I’m learning things that help me just about every day on the course,” says John Petrovsky, GCSAA superintendent member at Greenbriar Woodlands Golf Club, Toms River, N.J., who is using the Plant Health Scholarship to help fund his full-time coursework at Penn State University. “It’s not your grandfather’s superintendent job anymore – you need to be thinking ahead, long-term, all the time, and this program is helping me to do that.”

The Plant Health Scholarship is part of Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, a multifaceted initiative to advance plant health research and education for the turf industry. In addition to scholarships, the program includes plant health-related webinars, demonstration courses and the Plant Health Academy. To fund the program, Bayer invests a percentage of StressGard Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three years – a minimum commitment of $300,000 over three years. Funds generated through the program will also be dedicated to the EIFG to support research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.

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