2017 WALTER J. TRAVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
The Walter J. Travis Society is very proud to introduce the following winners of the 2017 Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship. Each of these students is to be congratulated for his or her success in the classroom, volunteer activities, approach to the game of golf, and personal development. They emerged as deserving winners from a very strong field of 30 applicants, who were given the full scrutiny of our 6-person Scholarship Selection Committee.
Devon Carroll, of State College, PA, graduated from Penn State University in December 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Turfgrass Science while maintaining an impressive grade-point average. At present, she is at Penn State pursuing a Masters of Agronomy, with a specialty in Turfgrass Science. As an undergrad, Devon was successful as a researcher, developing a “seedling germination study” that earned her a first-place prize in undergraduate competition. She continues research with the ultimate goal of improvement of golf course green surfaces. Devon has been an active participant in campus/student organizations, and the recipient of many awards and honors. She has earned high praise for her abilities, leadership, motivation, work ethic, and personal character.
Peyton Durham, of Dinwiddie, VA, will be entering her Junior year in Methodist University’s PGA Golf Management program, with a double major in Business Administration and Marketing. Throughout high school and her first two years of college, Payton has maintained an impressive level of academic achievement, while excelling on her high school and college golf teams. She was an Academic All-American during her Freshman and Sophomore years at Methodist, and will be the Captain of the Methodist women’s golf team during the 2017-18 school year. Peyton is an active and positive participant in campus/student activities and organizations, and is currently completing an internship at The Patterson Club, in Fairfield, CT enroute to her goal of becoming a Head Golf Professional.
Kritsarin Oukosavanna, of Boca Raton, FL, will enter Iona College, of New Rochelle, NY, as a Freshman in the Fall of 2017. Krit graduated from high school with an impressive academic record, and an outstanding high school golfing career. In addition to being Team Captain, and ranked number one on his high school golf team, Krit has been an active participant and a winner in AJGA and SFPGA events. His long-time coach and guardian lauds Krit’s leadership abilities, character, “sense of kindness”, and motivation to meet “any challenge”, including the improvement of his golf game. Krit has an admirable record as a volunteer for a variety of school and community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank, and Salvation Army, and a charity golf event that he and a friend conducted.
Ashton Radvansky, of Missouri City, TX, entering his Junior year at Bucknell University, is now a three-time winner of our scholarship. During his first two years at Bucknell, studying Business Administration, Ashton has been on the Dean’s List every semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He has been a starter on Bucknell’s Division I golf team during each of his first two years, earning the Patriot League Conference Honor Roll each year. Beyond his excellent accomplishments in academics and golf, Ashton has served as a mentor with the First Tee program, participated in charity golf tournaments supporting the Wounded Warriors, and received his fraternity’s Emerging Leaders Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence.
Mitchell W. Smith, of Orchard Park, NY, is the winner of The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship reserved for students associated with a Travis Society Member Club. Mitch’s parents are members of Orchard Park Country Club, a club that played a key role in the founding of The Walter J. Travis Society. In the Fall, Mitch will be entering the Walker College of Business, at Mercyhurst University, in Erie, PA as a Freshman. Mitch had a very successful high school career academically, and earned the respect of peers and adults for his character and demeanor. He had an outstanding career as a high school golfer, ending his Senior year with the #1 conference ranking, and as a member of the Section VI team at the NYS high school championship tournament for the second year in a row.