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Honors, Awards & Scholarships


Members are able to submit the names of deserving nominees for TPI's best of the best industry awards!

Please click on the link below to complete your 2019 Nomination Form. You may download a pdf or submit your entry using our online nomination form.

2019 Nomination Form               Online Nomination Form


The Honorary Member award is presented to an individual(s) who has in some significant way improved the turfgrass industry or organization. The designation is carefully preserved to maintain the prestigious status of individuals who are honored. Honorary Member award recipient(s) are selected by a vote of the Board of Trustees based on individuals nominated by members at large. Recipient(s) receive lifetime TPI membership, an individualized commemorative gift, complimentary meeting registration, Turf News coverage and a listing in the TPI membership directory. The recipient(s) receive recognition during the Midwinter Conference.


TPI Past Presidents select one individual from nominees submitted by fellow members. This award recognizes outstanding devotion of time, talent and energy to TPI, its programs and objectives for five or more years. Recipient receives complimentary membership for five years and receives recognition in Turf News magazine, a personalized plaque and a listing in the TPI membership directory.


The TPI Public Relations Working Group selects one individual from among nominees submitted by fellow members in recognition of unique and significant achievement that advances turfgrass sod production through research, engineering, training, marketing and public relations or environmental improvement. The Innovator of the Year Award recipient receives a personalized plaque, Turf News coverage and a listing in the TPI membership directory.


The TPI President, at his/her sole discretion, may select one member during his/her term in office that has shown exemplary dedication and performance to TPI for one or more years.


The TPI Public Relations Working Group selects a formal educator member from among nominees submitted by fellow members that represents personal commitment, dedication and positive influence in helping educate consumers, turfgrass producers and industry professionals throughout the world. These individuals have made themselves available to their community and to TPI to address turfgrass questions and concerns and get involved with programs that promote the benefits of turfgrass.


The Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship program (administered by The Lawn Institute) was established to honor a founding father of TPI, while demonstrating the association's commitment to education and offering a valuable membership benefit. Since its inception in 2006, TPI has awarded up to $10,000 in scholarships annually. Scholarships are available to immediate family or designated staff of a current TPI member (Class A or B) in good standing. Scholarship applicants majoring in any given field must plan on attending or be attending an accredited educational facility as a full-time student.

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