2017 WCTA Student Award Winners Say Thanks

Up to five awards totalling $2500 are presented annually by the Western Canada Turfgrass Association to deserving students enrolled in a full time Turfgrass Management Program, as chosen by a selection committee appointed by the WCTA.  Award value is minimum $500 and winners also receive a free one-year WCTA membership.

 2017 Award winners are:

Justin Smidt - Olds College, $1250
Jason Morgan - KPU Turf Management, $750
Alyssa Lake - Olds College, $500

"Congratulations to this year's award winners," stated Awards & Recognition Committee Chair, Peter Sorokovsky.  "The WCTA is very pleased to assist our turf management students and were impressed with the depth and quality of the applications.  It was a difficult decision indeed!"

Student notes of appreciation follow:

Dear Mr. Peter Sorokovsky and the 2017 WCTA Student Award Committee,

I am thrilled to be selected as a WCTA scholarship recipient and would like to express my thanks to the WCTA executive team for considering my application and selecting me. It is an honour to receive this award and it will be a great help to me as I finish my degree and as I start my career as a Second Assistant Superintendent at The Glencoe Golf & Country Club this summer. 
This student scholarship award is a great initiative shown by the WCTA to help the future generation of golf course managers get a leg up as they finish their schooling. It also serves as a great incentive for students to work hard to try to achieve something like this. I appreciate the commitment shown by the WCTA to turf students by helping us learn and grow by way of this scholarship and offering a student membership option.

I have worked hard over the past three years at Olds College and it feels great to be recognized by an organization like the WCTA for my efforts, and I know getting my degree will help to get me a long way in the business. The scholarship award makes the costs of a degree much easier to bear, and will continue to help me out down the road as I work toward achieving my professional goals.


Justin Smidt 
Olds College 

 Dear Mr. Sorokovsky,

I would very much like to thank you and the rest of the WCTA Student Award Selection Committee for selecting me as a recipient of a WCTA Student Award, When I heard my name in the AGM this past Friday, I was very excited, as this award will greatly help me in arriving at my intemship at Baltusrol this summer.

As a student in KPU's Turfgrass Management Diploma, opporfunities to work at save money are restricted to summer months. With the snow that persisted for several weeks this past winter, the amount I was able to work and save money was restricted. This Student Award is a fantastic addition to my savings in order to get to Baltusrol for this flrnmer. This internship is going to help me immensely with my professional development, knowledge about turf and turfgrass science, stess management, and growth as an individual. Having the WCTA support me in this endeavor is wonderful and I am incredibly gratefirl for this support.

I would like to thank you and the rest of the WCTA Student Award Selection Committee once again for your generous award. I look forward to representing the WCTA well this sunmer while in New Jersey. I also look forward to future WCTA events. After my experience this past week, I am very glad to be a part of this organization.


Jason Morgan
KPU Turf Management Diploma Program 

 To the Board of Directors and Membership of the WCTA,

I would like to express my appreciation for being chosen as one of the three recipients of the 2017 WCTA Student Award. It is an honour to be recognized by the industry for my studies in the Olds College Turf Management program, and I look forward to putting my education to good use as I pursue my career in turf.

From the past decade of work at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club, the three years of school at Olds College, and attending annual regional and provincial association functions, my experience and involvement in the turf industry has been incredibly rewarding. I once again thank the WCTA for recognizing my passion and helping to further my education and role in the golf industry.

Alyssa Lake