SAFE Scholarships and Grants Available, and Not Just for Students!

The SAFE Scholarship and Grants program application deadline is October 15!

SFMA members – SAFE has $2,500 for your college student!

If you have a child in college or enrolling, SAFE can award up to two $2,500 scholarships for qualifying students. The student must be pursuing a field of study unrelated to the sports field management industry at a recognized college or university.

The Darian Daily legacy scholarship honors Darian’s strong commitment to the profession and his even stronger focus on his family. Darian passed away suddenly in August 2016.

In addition to the Darian Daily Scholarship, SAFE has several other scholarships and grants available.


SAFE Scholarships for students pursuing a career in the sports field management profession:

  1. SAFE Scholarships, including Dr. James Watson Scholarships, sponsored by The Toro Company and the Dr. Fred Grau Scholarship, are for turfgrass students in Graduate, Four-year, and Two-year programs, and the top student in a Two-year program, respectively.
  2. The Paul Zwaska Scholarship, presented by Beacon Athletics, promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for students from groups underrepresented in SFMA.

View additional information about all SAFE Scholarships, and how to apply, here.


SAFE offers three grants:

  1. The Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant is awarded to a member who worked as an intern in the preceding spring or summer season. This grant is to help an intern offset up to $1,000 in costs he/she incurred while interning, such as transportation, lodging, wages, etc.
  2. The Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant, presented by Turface, is to help fund a practicing sports field manager’s attendance at the annual SFMA Conference and Exhibition. All members of an SFMA affiliated chapter are eligible to win and must be nominated through a letter of recommendation by a national SFMA Member.
  3. The Leo Goertz Grant, presented by Pioneer Athletics, funds up to seven two-year memberships for non-SFMA members. SFMA national or chapter members or a fellow employee can nominate an individual. The grant also allows for self-nomination.

Additional information about the grants and how to apply can be found here.