MRPA maintains a commitment to the excellence of the recreation
and parks industry by providing alternative sources of income for educational
opportunities. Take advantage of these scholarship opportunities and you may
receive up to $500 in scholarship money! It is well worth the time to complete
the very simple application.
The application deadline for the following
scholarship is due July 15, 2017
- Kay Valeson Memorial Scholarship
Kay Valeson's love of the profession and encouragement of continuing education,
this scholarship funds attendance at the National Recreation and Park
Association National Congress (or closely related national conference).
Preference is given to first-time attendees. Recipients are encouraged to share
information gained from the conference with MRPA members.
The application deadlines for the following scholarships are
February 15, 2017 / April 15, 2017 / October 15, 2017.
The MRPA Scholarship Committee would like to encourage applicants to
apply for the following:
- William L. Montgomery Memorial Graduate
This scholarship was established in memory of William
Montgomery's professional contributions and leadership in the development of
MRPA. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in
leisure services or a closely related field and have satisfactorily completed at
least six (6) credits.
- Undergraduate Scholarship
for undergraduate work provides financial assistance to students pursuing a
major in recreation and parks, leisure studies or another closely related field.
Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and
have completed at least one year of study.
- Rubini Continuing Education
Named in memory of the professional contributions of
Frank Rubini, this scholarship can be applied toward any type of training or
continuing education program that supports the professional development of the
applicant. Examples include, but are not limited to: local or regional
conference attendance, management schools, or one-day professional development
- Certified Park and Recreation Professional
This grant reimburses fifty percent (50%) of the exam fee for
the Certified Park and Recreation Professional exam administered by the National
Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Applicants must meet the qualifications
from the NRPA to sit for the exam. Recipient must register and pay all
appropriate registration and exam fees, complete the course, pass the exam on
the first attempt, and present proof of passing score. The recipient will then
be reimbursed for fifty percent (50%) of the exam fee.
- All applicants must be MRPA members and must live, work or be
active volunteers in Maryland.
- Priority is given to applicants who have not received a previous
scholarship and/or grant.
- Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: MRPA
involvement, contributions to the profession, transcripts, financial resources,
individual merit, and/or personal interview.
- Proof of attendance for the course or workshop is required. For
academic scholarships, the participant must provide a copy of the final course
grades, which must be a "B" or higher, before the scholarship can be reimbursed.
- For all other scholarships, the recipient must register and pay
all appropriate fees, complete the course or workshop and present proof of a
passing score. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Only completed applications will be accepted.