GCSAA Larry Powell Scholarship endowment reaches major milestone

Award focuses on underserved students planning a career in golf course management.


Filed to: Education

Renee and Larry Powell

Just a year after launching, the endowment for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Larry Powell Scholarship has raised $50,000.

The scholarship, which recognizes students in underserved populations seeking a career in golf course and turfgrass management and is administered by the GCSAA Foundation, was named in honor of Larry Powell, a 49-year GCSAA member and golf course superintendent at Clearview Golf Course in Canton, Ohio. Powell’s father, Bill Powell, was an entrepreneur and pioneering golf course owner who opened Clearview Golf Club in Canton in 1948. The integrated course was the first and only course to be designed, constructed and owned by an African American. Bill was a member of GCSAA for 37 years prior to his death in 2009. Bill and Larry were the first African American father-son members in GCSAA history. The Powell Family, which includes Larry’s sister, Renee, who was the second African American player in LPGA history, was awarded GCSAA’s Old Tom Morris Award in 2019.

The first Larry Powell Scholarship was awarded in January to Travis Campbell, a two-year GCSAA member who is now assistant superintendent at Old Barnwell Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.

The complete list of donors to the Larry Powell Scholarship Endowment includes:

  • Michael R. Bavier, CGCS Retired
  • Jim Beatty Golf Ventures
  • Club Car
  • ClubProcure
  • Ryan Flickinger
  • John R. Fulling, Jr., CGCS
  • Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, and Paula Ihms
  • Mark F. Jordan, CGCS
  • Northern Ohio GCSA
  • Gina D. Rizzi
  • Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS
  • Patricia Vittum, Ph.D.
  • Michael Wallace, CGCS Retired
  • Westfield Insurance Foundation

More donations will ensure the continuation of the program. To make a donation visit https://gcsaa-foundation.snwbll.com/larry-powell-scholarship