The scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to attend and explore the operation of the field at the NRPA Annual Conference. A primary focus is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop professional contacts with leadership and members from around the nation. Recipients receive complimentary NRPA Annual Conference registration, a travel stipend and hotel expenses reimbursed.

 

Scholarships and Fellowships: Young Professional Fellowships

Young Professional Fellowships

The fellowship provides selected young professionals (up to 4) with the opportunity to explore the operation of NRPA and its governing bodies at the NRPA Annual Conference. Participants will meet with NRPA leadership, and will attend various conference sessions and meetings with their assigned mentor. A primary focus of the program is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop professional contacts with NRPA professionals from around the nation.

Who should apply: NRPA members under 35 with 2-10 years of experience in parks and recreation who want to want to attend the NRPA Annual Conference and grow their professional network.

2018 Recipients
Takeyra Collins, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, VA
Jill Ellison, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle, WA
Katy Keller, Indian Trail Parks and Recreation, Indian Trail, NC
Hillary Roemersberger, Apex Park and Recreation District, Arvada, CO

 

Scholarships and Fellowships: Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

The Student Scholarship is presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in recognition of community service or contributions to the parks and recreation field. The scholarship provides selected students (up to 2) with the opportunity to explore the operation of the field at the NRPA Annual Conference. Participants will meet with NRPA leadership, and will attend various conference sessions and meetings with their assigned mentor. A primary focus of the program is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop contacts with NRPA professionals from around the nation.

Who should apply: Student members of NRPA who are currently studying for a degree in parks and recreation. If you are excelling at your studies, desire to learn more about the field, and want to attend the NRPA Annual Conference and learn from other professionals in the field, you should apply.

2018 Recipients
Jordan Sylvester, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
Heidi Weiler, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, WI

 

Scholarships and Fellowships: Diversity Scholarships

Diversity Scholarships

The NRPA Diversity Scholarship (up to 2) supports individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the parks and recreation community as well as those that demonstrate outstanding contributions serving diverse communities. The scholarship aims to engage recipients’ interest in future leadership roles within the association.

Who should apply: Current members of NRPA (either professional or advocate) that are from an underrepresented group in the park and recreation community and/or demonstrate outstanding contributions serving diverse communities specifically related to park and recreation programs and services.

2018 Recipients
Ashley Jones, Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space, Norfolk, VA
Nelson Musselman, City of Lewisville, Lewisville, TX


For additional information contact awards@nrpa.org.

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