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.

Applications for the 2020 Fellowship and Scholarship program will open on January 6, 2020.

 

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.

2019 Recipients
Jeremy Bajdaun, Town of Miami Lakes Parks and Open Spaces
Luke Bolinger, Town of Erie Parks and Recreation
Sarah Hansen, City of Golden Valley Parks and Recreation
Elissa Malone, City of Frisco Parks and Recreation

 

Scholarships and Fellowships: Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships

The Student Scholarship recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student for 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.

2019 Recipients
Kandice Newton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Kristen Sikorsky, Kansas State University

 

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 the 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.

2019 Recipients
Attiyya Atkins, Broward County Parks and Recreation
LaCleveia Morley, City of Miami Department of Parks and Recreation

 


For additional information contact awards@nrpa.org.

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