The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarships and The Walter J. Travis-Rudy Zocchi Memorial Scholarship
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 Walter J. Travis, in whose honor this scholarship program was established.
One of our scholarships will be awarded in honor of Rudy Zocchi, a long-time Travis Society member who devoted much of the last years of his life to researching Walter J. Travis. We are forever grateful to Rudy for the countless significant contributions he made to our knowledge of Walter J. Travis. Our large collection of Travis literature and memorabilia is largely the result of Rudy’s dedicated and diligent efforts.
The Travis Society’s 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 high school/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 pursuing a career in a golf related industry.
2018 applicants for The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship must present evidence of being enrolled/matriculated, in the Fall of 2016, 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:
- Academic record
- Involvement in golf-related interests and activities
- Career goals (Not applicable for students who are applying in the category of “amateur golfer”)
- 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.
- For amateur golfers, their record in competition will be a major consideration.
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 winners, based on their overall ranking.
Number of Awards: Four awards (at-large). A fifth award is reserved for a student who is associated with a Travis Society Member Club, i.e. the student’s parents are a member of the club, or the student is a member of the club’s staff. The Member Club scholarship is open to any student who has demonstrated interest and competency in golf.
Awards renewal: Awards are renewable subject to re-application, including a letter of recommendation from at least one of the student’s professors, and evidence of maintaining a 3.00 GPA, or higher. Past winners will be reviewed by the Scholarship Screening Panel using the same criteria applied to all other applicants.
Awards use: This scholarship may be used for any legitimate educational expense.
Application procedures: Candidates must complete the following form:
Save application to desktop, fill out and return via mail or email:
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our scholarship program. We may be reached as follows:
travissociety @ yahoo.com
The Walter J. Travis Society
24 Sandstone Drive
Rochester, NY 14616
Ed Homsey, Scholarship Chairman