The Lawn Institute Scholarship Program
The Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship was established by The Lawn Institute (TLI) Board of Trustees in 2006 as a way to honor a founding father of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) and to help to mitigate the rising costs of college and post-graduate education. The scholarship is available to all Class A and B TPI members, their family members, their employees and their employees' family members who are ursuing higher eduation (an associate, bachelor, masters or doctorate degree). TLI Will provide a schoarship valued up to $10,000 (US). This includes an initial award of $2,500, renewable up to three times, pending certain criteria.
Applicants must apply through the TLI scholarship application process, which opens in September and concludes in January. Applications are reviewed by TLI's Scholarship Committee and objectively evaluated, based on pre-determined criteria. Scholarship winners are announced in July every year. Initial payment will be made the followng February, pending TLI's receipt of first semester/quarter grade reports.
To receive the scholarship, winners are asked to submit an annual report summarizing how the previous years' education can be applied to the turfgrass industry. Scholarship recipients are invited to make a live presentation at a TPI meeting or to submit an essay that can be printed in Turf News magazine. Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary conference registration to the TPI International Education Conference and Field Day (does not include hotel or travel) to make a presentation to attendees describing the impact that the scholarship has had and where their studies are leading.
A copy of scholarship winners' grades from the previous year, course schedule for the upcoming year and affirmation that their declared major has not changed or information regarding their new major must be submitted by the last Friday of September for the scholarship to be renewed after the initial award.
The following circumstances would result in scholarships not being renewed and remaining committed monies being forfeited:
Student decides to complete their education in fewer than 3.5 years
Student drops out of school
Student is expelled from school
Student fails to submit grade reports to TLI
Student fails to maintain a full time status*
* Not applicable for post-graduate scholarship
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