2020 WCTA Student Award Winners Announced

Every year, the WCTA sets aside up to $2500 for deserving students enrolled in an accredited Turfgrass management program.  There were six applications this year.

Congratulations to our 2020 winners!

Cody Little (Olds College) - $1000.00
Patricia Sloan (Thompson Rivers University) - $750.00
Nathen Hagel (KPU Turf Management) - $750.00

We would like to take a moment to thank our award committee members, Chair Peter Sorokovsky, Dave Duncan, Kevin Neufeld and Scott Mitchell, for making the time to assist with this year’s selections.  Worth noting, all applications were high quality and it was indeed an extremely difficult decision making process.   



To the WCTA,

I extend my gratitude towards the Western Canada Turf Association for selecting me as a recipient for the 2020 student scholarship.  Thanks to your support, I will maintain momentum to complete the Applied Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Management at Olds College.  

The outlook on the future of golf in Canada continuously motivates me to educate and provide great opportunities for myself and my work colleagues.  The curriculum at Olds College will allow me to make a lasting impression on the turf industry for many years to come through the expertise and knowledge gained through the studies. 

Being a part of the WCTA has encouraged me to network and communicate with fellow industry professionals to learn from and appreciate their commitment to the ongoing development of the turf industry.  I look forward to being a larger part of the community throughout my career.

Thank you,

Cody Little



I would just like to extend my appreciation to you, the board and the WCTA. 

I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at having been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Student Awards. 

The turf industry continues to amaze and inspire me. I’m so excited to continue pursuing my career aspirations and growing within this incredible industry. I hope one day that I’m able to help give back to other deserving students. 

Again, Thank you so much for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting you in the future. 


Patricia Sloan


Dear WCTA,

Thank you for selecting me as one of this year’s recipients of the WCTA Student Award!

I’ve been working extremely hard this winter commuting back and forth from Kamloops to the Lower mainland weekly for class. This award money has helped me to finish the “home stretch” of my schooling and allowed me to have a relatively stress-free transition into my first Golf Superintendent role.

Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to playing an active role within the WCTA for years to come!


Nathan Hagel