If golf courses are to be developed and managed in a sustainable manner we need well qualified, ambitious and committed greenkeepers and this is dependent on continued investment in their education and training.
The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme was established to support high achieving students enrolled in professional turf management qualifications. The R&A has now produced a brochure which describes the programme, how it operates and how students can apply to become an R&A greenkeeping scholar. The brochure also outlines exclusive networking and continuing professional development opportunities which enhance industry exposure and employability. A number of former scholars now working in the golf industry are featured in the brochure. The brochure can be downloaded here.
The R&A currently operates its greenkeeping scholarship programme through Myerscough College and SRUC Elmwood Campus. The R&A identifies the most deserving students to receive scholarships through close co-operation with these educational establishments and a rigorous selection process. The decision to award a scholarship is based on a number of criteria, such as academic performance, tutor recommendation and career aspirations.
Since the inception of this programme in 2004, The R&A has supported over 180 scholars from 20 different countries, equating to an investment of proceeds generated by The Open of over £0.6 million.
To learn more about The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme, download the brochure. Enquiries about the programme, and your eligibility to apply for an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org