The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarships and The 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.
STRUCTURE. APPLICATION GUIDELINES, AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
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, 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 do not need to be pursuing a career in a golf related industry.
One of our scholarships is 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.
Applicants for The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship must present evidence of being enrolled/matriculated as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited two- or four-year college/university, for the following Fall semester.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the merit of all scholarship applications:
- Overall quality of application materials, including thoroughness and clarity of information provided, current references/recommendations, and an essay that reflects a good understanding and appreciation of the instructions.
- Academic record
- Involvement in golf-related interests and activities.
- Career goals (Not applicable for students who are applying in the category of “amateur golfer”) that are consistent with the goals of this scholarship program.
- 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 those in the amateur golfer category, successful participation in competition.
Scholarship applications are independently reviewed by panelists who 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 6-10 (depending on size of field) applicants to the Scholarship Chairman who identifies the winners, based on their overall ranking.
Number of Awards: Five awards.
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:
2023 Scholarship Application (Online Submission-Available November 2022). Online application click here
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 15, 2023
For any questions pertaining to the Travis Society scholarship, please contact us at: ScholarshipsWJTS@gmail.com
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Travis Society scholarship program exists solely through the generosity of our donors. Whether you are a Travis Society member, or an individual who appreciates the contributions to golf by the great, early pioneers of the game such as Walter J. Travis, we invite you to support the scholarship program through a tax deductible contribution. Your donation will be used exclusively for the scholarship awards. All donations will be acknowledged, and donors contributing $250 and above, will receive appropriate tax deduction statements. You may send your donation through Paypal, or check, made out to The Walter J. Travis Society Scholarship Program and mailed to:
The Walter J. Travis Society
49 S. Main St
P.O. Box 386 Elba, NY 14058
Or, click on the paypal link to make a tax deductible donation:
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I have the madilion of his for the 1904 First place amateur championship
Douglas, I assume you are referring to his 1904 British Amateur Championship. If you have the original medal, that would be priceless. We have several replicas in our collection, provided us by the Historian at Garden City Golf Club. Could you scan an image of it and send it to our email: TravisSociety@yahoo.com?
Who were the recipients of the 2015 scholarship awards?
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Hello, can you please tell me which of these scholarships through the Walter J Travis Memorial Scholarship are available for high school students? Also, is this all high school students or high school seniors only? Thank you!
Tina–Each of the scholarships is available for high school students going on to college. The scholarships are intended for expenses associated with college, not high school.
Tina, Each of our scholarships are available for graduating high school students who are planning to enter college after graduation. Thus, current scholarships are for students who will be entering college this Fall, and for students who are at any stage of their college career. If you have any other questions, please contact our Scholarship Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best–Ed Homsey, Historian
Can you please tell me how I can access the application? Thank you
Kennedy–The 2021 application is not up yet. You can contact the scholarship chairman via email@example.com