The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship is an annual award given since 2009 to honor the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Walter J. Travis in the game of golf. In his pioneering career, Travis was a champion amateur golfer, esteemed golf course architect, innovative turf grass expert, and prolific golf journalist. He was founder and editor of one of the most influential golf magazines of his time, The American Golfer. We encourage applicants to explore this site to learn more about the man in whose honor this scholarship has been established.
The Travis Memorial Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture; golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent; professional golf management, club professional, or sports journalism with a special interest in golf.
In addition, in our wish to promote amateur golf, we will give serious consideration to outstanding amateur college/university golfers for our scholarship awards, based on their competitive record as an amateur golfer, and criteria listed below (with exception of career goals). Amateur golfer applicants are not likely to be pursuing a career in a golf related industry.
2015 applicants for The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship must present evidence of being enrolled/matriculated, in the Fall of 2015, as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited two- or four-year college/university, in a program of study that will prepare the student for a career in one of the above-mentioned professions.
The following criteria will be used in the evaluation and judging of all applicants:
1. Involvement in golf-related interests and activities
2. Career goals (Not applicable for students who are applying in the category of “amateur golfer”)
3. Extracurricular activities, including volunteer work with student/community organizations; participation in sports and community affairs; jobs held; special interests, and hobbies. We are impressed with those students who have demonstrated a desire to “give back to their community” through volunteer activities.
4. Scholarship applications are independently reviewed by a panel of six. The panelists rate each applicant on the above criteria using an evaluation rating system designed to objectify the evaluations as much as possible. The panelists submit their top 6 applicants to the scholarship chairman who identifies the four winners, based on their overall ranking.