The ISTMA provides a grant to advance education and science in the field of turfgrass management. The goal is to identify and recognize outstanding students who plan careers in sports turf management or a related field. This scholarship, in honor of Lynda Wightman, will be awarded to eligible top ranked students currently enrolled in turfgrass management or related curriculums. The monetary amount awarded to each student shall be set by the ISTMA board of trustees.
ABOUT LYNDA WIGHTMAN
Lynda Wightman announced her retirement from Hunter Industries to coincide with her 35th anniversary as an employee, on February 18, 2020. Lynda served as Hunter’s Industry Relations Manager for Landscape Irrigation and Outdoor Lighting for more than a decade and held various other sales and leadership roles over 34 years. Education was her passion throughout her career, as seen in her stewardship of the NALP National Collegiate Landscape Competition, STMA Student Challenge, and countless seminars she personally taught at colleges, universities, and markets domestically and abroad.
Lynda's contributions have been appreciated and celebrated throughout the green industry. She received numerous awards during her career, including the Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award (ASIC), the STMA Harry C. Gill Founders Award, and induction into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.
She also held leadership and Board of Directors positions with numerous green industry organizations including the Irrigation Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Irrigation Consultants, Sports Turf Managers Association, National Association of Landscape Professionals, and Professional Grounds Maintenance Society, among several others.