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Congratulations to the 2017 Sports and Commercial Turf Award winner, Kirk Thomas

In 1987, MSU and the MTF recognized the importance of the lawn care industry in Michigan and the benefits of increasing its number of well-educated turf managers. To this end, Mr. Walter Wilkie, owner of the Toro Distributor in Pontiac and the Bare Foot Lawn franchises in Michigan, funded the startup of the Lawn Care Management Program in MSU's Institute of Agricultural Technology. A similar need by the sports turf industry was recognized in 1992 when its name was changed to the Lawn Care/Athletic Turf Program and then again in 1997 when it became the Sports and Commercial Turf Management Program. Recognized nationally as the only one of its kind, the program continues to graduate outstanding students, many of whom have gone on to become well known and successful leaders in their respective industries. 

  1. Number of Awards Annually: One
  2. Amount of Award: $2,000.00
  3. Basis for Award: Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  4. Minimum 42 credits completed
  5. In second year of Program
  6. Scholarship, leadership, character and estimated potential for future 
    accomplishments
  7. Program Eligibility: Student in 2-Year Sports and Commercial Turf Program
  8. When Awarded: At Annual Award ceremony
  9. Electronic Scholarship Application available at the bottom of this page
This award is administered by the Turfgrass Management Program and approved by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and MTF Scholarship Committee.

Download Scholarship Application 

Sports and Commercial Turf Award History

1990 Marc Stine
1991 Matt Kawa
1992 N/A
1993 Gerald Lavender
1994 Steve Martinko
1995 Robert Carson
1996 Todd Rowley
1997 David Datema
1998 Jeff Bodziak
1999 Jeff Bodziak
2000 Michael V. Tremper
2001 Charles Eastman

2002 Gregory Elliott
2003 Loyd Bowman
2004 Tim Hackett
2005 Derek Curtis
2006 Mark Picucci 
2007 Jason DeMink 
2008 Russell Bray
2009 Brian McDougal
2011 Daniel Jennings 
2012 Nick Wolcott
2013 Nicholas Binder
2014 Josh Allenman
2015 Ian Bumpus
2016 N/A
2017 Kirk Thomas


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