The Toro Company is pleased to announce Kyley Dickson and Nik Wooldridge as the winners of the 2013 James R. Watson Scholarship.
Dickson, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, is working on his master's degree in plant sciences. In addition to being very involved with the school's sports turf program, he has also given lectures and instructional sessions to students on a variety of topics including overseeding, athletic field management, and organic field quality. Dickson hopes to continue his education by obtaining a Ph. D, and eventually plans to become a professor in the turf industry.
Wooldridge, a self-proclaimed baseball fanatic, knew from an early age that if he couldn't play baseball professionally, he would like to manage a baseball field of his own. In his final year at Colorado State University, Wooldridge is taking steps to realize his dream by majoring in Turf Management and Landscape Design. He is also a member of school's turf club, and works on campus for the sports turf crew. Recognizing his passion for the industry, the Boston Red Sox grounds crew even offered Wooldridge an internship last summer.
The James R. Watson Scholarship was established in 1998 in honor of Dr. James R. Watson, a long-time agronomist at The Toro Company. During Dr. Watson's extensive career, he taught, conducted research, contributed to texts on turfgrass science, and authored over 400 articles. Dr. Watson also received many awards and served on boards associated with the turfgrass industry. His career was dedicated to enhancing the communication between the business community and the research and academic arena of the turfgrass industry.
To be considered for the James R. Watson Scholarship, applicants are judged on academic preparation, cumulative grade point average, experience in sports turf management, and references provided by student advisors, as well as previous or current employers. Applicants also are evaluated on their career objectives, as well as their contributions to their schools, departments and organizations to which they belong.