2018 WCTA Student Award Recipients Named

Every year, the Western Canada Turfgrass Association accepts applications from those pursuing their education toward a turfgrass management career.  Up to $2500 is awarded annually to up to five deserving students. 

Chair of the WCTA Awards and Recognition Committee and WCTA President Peter Sorokovsky, is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients.  Each student also receives a complimentary WCTA membership for the year.  Congratulations to this year's winners!

Zach Bishop, Olds College - $1300

Dear Mr. Peter Sorokovsky and the 2018 WCTA Student Award Committee,

First, I would like to sincerely thank you and the 2018 WCTA executive team for selecting me as this year’s student award recipient. I am honored to accept this award and be recognized by the Turfgrass Industry. I feel I have worked hard over the past two years at Olds College and it feels great to be rewarded for my efforts.

As a student, there are always financial constraints and costs that surface while attending College during the winter months. Receiving this award is a great way to help support me financially as I aim to finish strong in my last year of the Turfgrass Management Program.

I also want to thank the WCTA for the ongoing commitment to Turf Students. This award program provides a great incentive for students to perform academically and become more involved with provincial, and national associations. Also, having that recognition from the WCTA is a great way for newly graduated students to grow their careers, and build their networks.

Lastly, none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of my family, friends, faculty, and classmates. They have given me the foundation to be successful and always help me strive for greatness. I look forward to the next chapter in my career as I start my new position at Kananaskis Country Golf Course this upcoming season. I am happy to be part of this organization and I am excited to attend future WCTA events.

Thank you,

Zach Bishop
Olds College


Jordan Bodiguel, Olds College - $600

Dear Mr. Peter Sorokovsky and the 2018 WCTA Student Award Committee,

It’s an honor to be a recipient of the 2018 WCTA Scholarship.  Over the last three years I have dedicated myself to both my studies at Olds College and my internship at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, and it’s a great validation to receive this award.  I would like to thank you not only for this recognition but also the generosity of the award, the money goes a long way to helping me pay for my education.  

My goal in my turfgrass career is to be part of teams that strive for excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship.  I also believe that organisations like the WCTA are integral to the health of the industry and it’s exciting to see the support that the WCTA gives to the next generation of Turf Managers. Lastly, I wanted to also let you know that I use your website resources for both my studies and work, and find the research section particularly helpful.  Your support of research and innovation is what sets you apart and I commend you for your efforts in these areas.  


Jordan Bodiguel
Olds College

Arran Marlow, University of Guelph - $600

I would like to thank the Western Canada Turfgrass Association for awarding me the student scholarship.  I am honoured to receive this award and can’t thank the WCTA enough. 


Arran Marlow

Editor's Note: Call for 2019 student award applications will be distributed in the late fall. If you know of a student attending any form of turfgrass program in a full time capacity, please let them know about this opportunity. While we get quite a few applicants, you would be surprised at how many don't know about this free money.