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2022 Diversity Scholarship


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 with hopes of engaging their interest in future leadership roles within the association. Conference registration will be complimentary, travel stipend will be provided, and hotel expenses will be reimbursed.

The nomination deadline is March 25, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current member of NRPA.
  • May be a professional or advocate. Specific qualifications vary (see below).
  • Must be an individual from an underrepresented group in the park and recreation community; and/or demonstrate outstanding current or continuing contributions serving diverse communities, specifically related to parks and recreation programs and services.
  • Must attend the 2022 NRPA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona September 20-22, 2022.
  • May only apply for one fellowship or one scholarship per year.
  • Prior Diversity Scholarship or Young Professional Fellowship recipients are not eligible.

    Professional
  • Currently employed in parks, recreation and leisure services.
  • Demonstrates potential leadership in the field of parks and recreation as evidenced by work and volunteer history.

    Advocate
  • May be an elected official; an appointed, non-paid official; or volunteer.
  • Demonstrates a history of support of public parks and recreation and demonstrates potential leadership in the field as evidenced by volunteer history.

Scholarship Commitment:

  • Attendance at the 2022 NRPA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona September 20-22, 2022.
  • Active engagement with a mentor who currently serves in a leadership role within NRPA.

Required Materials:

  • Resume (professionals) or biography (advocates) providing examples of contributions relevant to the criteria of this scholarship.
  • Answers to essay questions
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with contributions relevant to the criteria for this scholarship.
    • Professionals - one (1) letter from a supervisor and one (1) letter from a colleague or advocate knowledgeable of your job performance.
    • Advocates - one (1) letter from a park and recreation professional and one (1) letter from another professional or fellow advocate, both knowledgeable of your contributions to public parks and recreation.

Application Instructions:

  • All applications must be received by NRPA no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on March 25, 2022.
  • Applicant may only use this official application form.
  • Applicants must have or create an NRPA login account to complete an application.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
  • Application is automatically disqualified if it does not meet criteria or submission instructions.
  • This format has a save and continue feature that is located at the bottom of the question pages.

Terms and Conditions:

  • NRPA reserves the right to disqualify an application if in NRPA’s sole discretion it determines that the application does not contain truthful information, is contrary to the standards or policies of NRPA, or violates applicable laws, or if the nominee acted contrary to the standards or policies of NRPA, or violated applicable law or could reflect negatively on NRPA.
  • NRPA reserves the right to revoke any award or prize if in NRPA’s sole discretion it determines that the awardee acted contrary to the standards or policies of NRPA or acted in violation of applicable laws or could reflect negatively on NRPA.

For more information, contact the NRPA Awards Program at awards@nrpa.org.

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