The NIRSA Annual Conference is the only place where more than 2,500 students and colleagues from collegiate recreation gather expressly to advance the profession. It’s also the only time that members from across all NIRSA regions get to gather face-to-face. However, no matter how great the pay-off, funding travel to events like the NIRSA Annual Conference can pose a significant challenge.

Given the funding challenges for many, the NIRSA Foundation is excited to announce a continued partnership with NIRSA associate member Core Health & Fitness. For the fourth year in a row, Core Health & Fitness is offering six NIRSA professional members the chance to attend the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, which will be held from February 21-24 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland.

The NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend presented by Core Health & Fitness will award one professional member from each of NIRSA’s six regions the opportunity to advance their careers in the field of collegiate recreation. At NIRSA 2017, these professionals will gain valuable knowledge and get to network with other professionals in the field—all without having to shoulder the full cost of travel and lodging.

Travel stipends will be awarded based on need with preference going to members who were not able to attend the Annual Conference last year. The stipend is specifically designed to cover the travel expenses—up to $1,000—associated with attending the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference. Funds can be applied to airfare, mileage, and hotel costs. The deadline to apply for a Travel Assistance Stipend is Monday, October 17.

Browse through the NIRSA Foundation: “Where are they now?” articles to hear how NIRSA Foundation Scholarships and Stipends impact recipients personally and professionally. To contribute to the NIRSA Foundation and provide needed assistance with scholarships and other Foundation priorities, please visit NIRSA’s Give page. Every gift matters!

Stipend information—including the application, eligibility, and submission guidelines—can be found on the NIRSA website.

  • For more information about the NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend, please contact NIRSA Foundation Coordinator Breeana Myatt.
Associate Director at The University of Texas at Arlington | NIRSA Profile

Chris Muller, Member of the NIRSA Foundation, is currently an Associate Director at The University of Texas at Arlington.