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Travel Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Bill Rose Foundation awards travel scholarships to Future Turfgrass Leaders!


Ashton Franks, M.S., Texas A&M University

Ava Veith, Virigina Tech

Dillon McCallum, University of Tennessee

Elisabeth Kitchin, Virginia Tech

Karem Meza Capcha, Utah State University

Ryan Earp, Rutgers University

 

This award will send them to the upcoming Pure Seed Field Day in Roseville, North Carolina (June 19th-21st, 2024).

 

The field day provides a unique opportunity for these students to:

  • Deep dive into the latest research and advancements in turfgrass science.

  • Connect and network with industry professionals.

  • Learn from grass seed farmers

 

The winners were chosen based on their:

  • Academic excellence

  • Research interests aligned with sustainable turfgrass solutions

  • Dedication to making a positive impact on the industry

 

We thank all who applied! The Bill Rose Foundation was overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applications received. We wish all the students the very best in their academic pursuits.

 

Established in 2022 to honor turfgrass legend Bill Rose, the Bill Rose Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between the academic world and the turfgrass industry.


The Foundation achieves this mission by offering travel scholarships to industry events and awarding funding to academic programs focused on sustainable turfgrass research.

 




Ashton Franks- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Management and Physiology




RESEARCH PROJECT: Cultivation Strategies for Improving Soil Physical and Chemical Properties in Highly Compacted and Sodium Degraded Fairways.







Ava Veith- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Science




RESEARCH PROJECT: Spring Dead Spot and Winterkill Impacts on Athletic Field Playability and Safety.









Dillon Mccallum- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Pathology




RESEARCH PROJECT: The Transcriptome of the Dollar Spot-Bentgrass Pathosystem over the Time-Course of Infection








Elisabeth Kitchin- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Pathology and Precision Turfgrass Management




RESEARCH PROJECT: Accuracy and Precision of Targeted Pesticide Applications using a GPS-Guided Sprayer.








Karem Meza Capcha- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Quality and Water use using Remote Sensing Information and Machine Learning Techniques




RESEARCH PROJECT: Satelitte-Based Estimation of Actual Evapotranspiration of Golf Course Cool Season Turf-USGA ID#: 2017-17-627.





Ryan Earp- 2024 Bill Rose Scholarship Recipient

FIELD OF STUDY: Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics




RESEARCH PROJECT: Genome wide Association Studies for Important Kentucky Bluegrass Traits using SNP Markers.

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