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MRPA Scholarships

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 July 15, 2020

  • Kay Valeson Memorial Scholarship
    Recognizing Kay Valeson's love of the profession and encouragement of continuing education, this scholarship funds attendance at the National Recreation and Park Association National Conference (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 October 18, 2019 / February 14, 2020 / April 15, 2020.

The MRPA Scholarship Committee would like to encourage applicants to apply for the following:

  • William L. Montgomery Memorial Graduate Scholarship
    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
    This 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 Scholarship
    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 workshops.
  • 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.


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