The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation

Application for Ph.D. candidates


The criteria for selecting award recipients are based on, but not limited to, the graduate student’s work, academic record, dissertation, publications, leadership and extracurricular activities.

Applications for the Musser Foundation’s 2023 “Award of Excellence” will be available after October 1, 2022. Applicants who qualify may obtain the application form via my email at It will be a MS Word file attachment.

The Musser Foundation's primary purpose is to promote the advancement of Turfgrass science by supporting exceptional graduate students studying in the Turfgrass specialties. At our annual Board of Directors meeting in February, I will recommend to the Board that we grant our "Award of Excellence" with a significant amount of cash to a doctoral candidate, provided we have applications from graduate students that meet our criteria. If you are a graduate student with the following qualifications, you may submit an application. The completed application must be returned no later than December 15, 2022.

Qualifications for application are:

  1. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.4 for the last 2 years of undergraduate study.
  2. A thesis problem which is well conceived, soundly based on good science, with innovative new concepts and is relevant to solving key basic problems facing the Turfgrass industry.
  3. Extracurricular activities, which suggest strong leadership potential.
  4. Current research objectives in the main stream of Turfgrass science and culture.
  5. Candidates must be in the last year of their Ph.D. program and must have successfully completed the written and/or oral preliminary exams.
  6. If an applicant has attained their Ph.D. during the current calendar year (2022), they are still eligible to be a candidate for the up coming Award of Excellence.

Special Note: Your application, transcripts and support letters should all be sent digitally via email to

The Awards Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to the Board.

I will notify all applicants of the results by March 1, 2023.

D. Frank Dobie

Click HERE (after October 1, 2022) to request the application document by e-mail. For questions about the application process, contact me at