Brian Finnigan Memorial Fund Bursary

The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association administers the "Brian Finnigan Memorial Bursary Fund". Brian Finnigan was a Golf Superintendent at the Furry Creek Golf Club who passed away in the spring of 2000 at the young age of 41. Donations were sent to the Finnigan family and the Furry Creek Golf Club. The family felt the best use of these funds would be to start a memorial fund in Brian's name to assist people in the golf maintenance industry in British Columbia to further their education.

Application Prerequisites:

  1. Applicant's Superintendent must be a member in good standing in the BCGSA
  2. Applicant must be a member of the BCGSA
  3. Applicant must be residing in British Columbia
  4. Applicant must have a minimum of two seasons of employment on a golf course
  5. Applicant must have proof of enrollment in a qualified turfgrass institution
  6. Applicant must have a report from your current Superintendent
  7. Please Submit a Photo with Application for Publication Purposes

This scholarship is open to all BCGSA members, including anyone who is taking continuing education courses that enhance your position in the golf course industry.

Application Deadline Date is October 15th

Application Form to Print Out
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Vern Burnell Interior Chapter Scholarship

The Interior Chapter of the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Associaton funds a scholarship program that is open to horticulture, mechanic and turfgrass students alike. The amount of the scholarship ranges from $250 to $1000 per year.

The criteria for this scholarship is as follows:

  1. The applicant must be enrolled as a full time student; and
  2. He or she must be employed at a golf course based in the Interior (Okanagan Valley) when not attending school
If any students are interested in applying for this scholarship, contact the Interior Region for an application form to the attention of:

Jeff Bennett
Scholarship Committee Chairman
Mable Lake Golf & Country Club
3445 Mabel Lake Road
Enderby, B.C.
V0E 1V5

Fax: (250) 838-0821

Email: jcbenny@shaw.ca

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Kootenay Chapter Scholarship

As associates of the B.C.G.S.A. (Kootenay Chapter) we realize the importance of education. Through our own experiences we have learnt that determination, combined with a quality education will allow you the opportunity to attain your goal of becoming a respected member of the work force.

Our association has identified a financial need in regards to education and is committed to helping our members, their employees, and our member's immediate families. The costs associated with obtaining a degree or diploma in today's educational institutions have become substantial. Due to these rising financial responsibility the B.C.G.S.A. Kootenay Chapter have tabled and passed a motion to set up two educational scholarships. These scholarships are available to any eligible recipient allowing them the capability to pursue their careers and ultimate goals.

We are offering an annual scholarship of $1000.00 or two $500.00 awards. (to be determined once all applications are reviewed) The funds will be awarded to the person, or persons, that shows a financial need, dedication, and the drive required to become successful in their chosen field. The scholarships are open to any vocation enabling all eligible recipients the opportunity to benefit from the funds.

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VIGSA Scholarship - Dave Creamer Memorial Bursary


The Dave Creamer Memorial Bursary Fund was established in 2010 in recognition of long time V.I.G.S.A. member Dave Creamer who passed away suddenly in May of 2009. Dave’s benevolence and dedication to the golf industry overflowed into his community where he and his wife Patti have run very successful hockey and skating programs for kids of all ages.

Due to the legacy that the Creamer family established in giving to the community of the Comox Valley, the members of VIGSA deemed it appropriate to establish some form of scholarship fund that would be of benefit to all VIGSA members and their families. Over the years, among other fundraising efforts, an annual hockey game and golf tournament is held where fellow peers of the golf course industry participate in honour of their past colleague and friend. All proceeds from these events go to support the Dave Creamer Memorial Bursary Fund.

The generous support of the contributors to this fund has made it possible for V.I.G.S.A. to award a bursary to a successful applicant to help financially in their educational pursuit.

The deadline for submission of applications is November 15th

Please mail all Applications to:

6382 Herons Place
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 6Z3

Application Requirements:

The Dave Creamer Memorial Bursary Fund is open to all members of V.I.G.S.A. and their family members who are dependent upon them. The selection of the successful applicant will be left to the sole discretion of the V.I.G.S.A Board of Directors

To qualify, the applicant must:

- have documentation verifying their full-time enrollment in post-secondary education

- provide information on the attached Application Form, in the space provided, as to what they hope to achieve with the educational program that they are enrolled in and, also, explain their financial need for this bursary.

Dave Creamer Memorial Bursary Application

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