Melrose Leadership Academy Melrose Leadership Academy The Melrose Leadership Academy supports the professional development of GCSAA member superintendents by providing individuals the opportunity to attend the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. The program is set up to provide up to 20 scholarships every year. It is designed to benefit GCSAA Class A members who: Have not attended the education conference in the past five years or more Have a desire to advance their careers. Seek to develop their leadership skills. The history The Melrose Leadership Academy was established in 2012 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. This program will have a positive impact for each superintendent selected and ultimately, the game of golf. The program While at the education conference, class members will attend sessions hosted by golf’s industry leaders, such as Melrose, CEOs of golf’s leading associations and recognized within the profession and the game. The event will also allow opportunities to network with GCSAA leadership, industry leaders and certified peers at various roundtables, receptions and events. The academy will offer education in the areas of: Risk management (health, safety, and environmental copliance) Efficient operations (agronomic, equipment maintenance, etc.) Key business elements, including communication Environmental stewardship The benefits Grant recipients will receive the following: GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show full package registration Education seminars and leadership sessions Airfare Four nights’ hotel accommodations $200 spending money Following the conference and show, grant recipients will continue to receive communications recommending education, tools and resources offered by GCSAA to keep class participants engaged. Graduates of the Melrose Leadership Academy will elevate their professional status and provide enhanced value to their facility through: Education points Leadership training Development of a new network of peers and resources A broad understanding of issues facing the golf industry An understanding of how to build a professional network through attending the conference and show Selection process The selection process is designed to provide a class representative of the diverse elements of the GCSAA membership. The selection criteria takes into account qualifications, interest and financial need, and to the extent possible, will be focused on less experienced superintendents who will benefit most from the educational opportunity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an increasing level of responsibility in their profession by working to advance in their careers, and the potential for continuing to play a leadership role with GCSAA and their GCSAA affiliated chapter. Work experience, scope of personal interests, level of community involvement, and recognition of leadership abilities through receipt of honors/awards may also have significant impact in the final selection process. Applications for the 2013 Melrose Leadership Academy will be accepted beginning July 15 and will close Sept. 15.