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 pursuing higher education (an associate, bachelor, masters or doctorate degree).  TLI will provide a scholarship 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 following 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 full time status*

    * Not applicable for post-graduate scholarship

2021 Scholarship Opens May 1, 2020


Please submit all application using the fillable pdf 



Nathan Heuver
Mikhail Kidd

Eagle Lake Prof. Landscape Supply, AB, Canada
Cloverdale Nursery & Turf Farm, Boise, ID


Sara Lechlider
rista Bouchard

Laytonsville Landscaping, Inc., Laytonsville, MD         
Kingston Turf Farms, West Kingston, RI


Lanie Carl
Emma Hedgpeth

Carl & Son Turf, Harrisonville, MO
Columbia River Seed, Plymouth, WA


Amy Wilber
Sara Lechlider

Oakwood Sod Farm, Inc., Delmar, MD
Laytonsville Landscaping, Inc., Laytonsville, MD  


Andrew Aposhian FireFly Equipment, Farmington, UT


Adam Aposhian FireFly Equipment, Farmington, UT


Cody Anderson
Molly Maroney
Taylor Thompson
K'ntucky Turf, Othello, WA
Hope Plantation Turf, Telephone, TX
Red Hen Turf Farm, Inc., New Carlisle, IN


Cameron Blair
Grant Youmans
Green Velvet Sod Farms, Bellbrook, OH
Green Acres Turf Farm, Furman, SC
2012 Chase Cochran
William Warpinski
Turf Merchants, Inc., Tangent, OR
Central Sod Farms, Inc., Centreville, MD
2011 Trevor Smith
Christopher Utterback
Southwest Sod Inc., Maricopa, AZ
Utterback Sod Farm, Sacramento, CA
2010 Michael Anderson
Sarah Wilber
K'ntucky Turf, Othello, WA
Oakwood Sod, Delmar, MD
2009 Amanda Bush
Kelsey Lain
Bush Sports Turf, Milan, IL
Pine Island Turf Nursery, Pine Island, NY
2008 Kevin Coombs Coombs Sod Farms, LLC, Elmer, NJ
2007 Jacklyn Thorson
Nathan Bush
Michael Anderson
Todd Valley Farms, Inc., Mead, NE
Bush Sports Turf, Milan, IL
K’ntucky Turf, Othello, WA
2006 James McCurdy
Mindy Brandt
McCurdy Farms, Dyer, TN
American Sod Corp., Palatine, IL

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