As a tribute to his good friend and teacher, Al Watrous, Martin Stark established this scholarship fund in 1998 to assist members of the SVSU golf team who demonstrate dedication to the game of golf during their high school and/or college years.
Martin H. “Marty” Stark was a longtime Saginaw businessman, philanthropist, and community booster. A graduate of Saginaw’s Arthur Hill High School, Mr. Stark founded Arrow Paper Products in 1948, serving as the company’s president until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Stark devoted much of his time to serving his community, for which he was honored with the Frank N. Andersen Spirit of Philanthropy Award and the Samuel H. Shaheen Vision of Free Enterprise Award.
An avid golfer, Mr. Stark credited his friend and mentor, Albert “Al” Watrous, with sparking his interest in the game that meant so much to him during his lifetime. Mr. Watrous was an excellent teacher of the game of golf, and was the professional at the Oakland Hills Country Club for 37 years. An outstanding player, Mr. Watrous was the runner-up to Bobby Jones in the 1926 British Open and was a three-time winner of the PGA Seniors’ Championship. Mr. Watrous won the Michigan Open a record six times (first in 1926 and last in 1949) and he won the Michigan PGA championship an incredible nine times. Mr. Watrous died in 1983.
• Member or prospective member of the SVSU golf team
• Demonstrate character
• Academic achievement and dedication to a golf program in high school or college