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Onstott Endowment created as memorial golf tournament honors Ag Institute graduate

Joining Dr. John Cornwell (front, left), Agricultural Institute director, at the signing ceremonies are Kevin Onstott's family members, including father Joe Onstott (front, right) and (back row, from left) half-brother Cullen Onstott, stepmother Pat Campbell, half-sister Ainsley Onstott, uncle Bill Clewis and cousin Matt Clewis
Photo by Suzi Salter

On June 21, Raleigh's North Ridge Country Club hosted the Kevin M. Onstott Memorial Tournament and the ceremonies where the Kevin M. Onstott Memorial Scholarship Endowment was signed into creation. More than $50,000 has been raised to establish the endowment that supports scholarships for students enrolled in the two-year Agricultural Institute turfgrass management program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State University.

Onstott, 27, a graduate of the Agricultural Institute, was working as an assistant superintendent at North Ridge, overseeing a piece of heavy machinery, when the vehicle struck and killed him last December. His father, Joe Onstott, family, friends and co-workers have worked together with N.C. State University and North Ridge Country Club to create the scholarship endowment. It states, "Kevin was proud to have graduated from the turfgrass management program at North Carolina State University, and the endowed scholarship in his name will leave a permanent legacy at the institution."|

The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in turfgrass programs in the Agricultural Institute, with preference given to turfgrass program majors who are current or past employees of North Carolina golf courses and country clubs and who demonstrate an interest in a career in golf course management.

-Terri Leith