NIRSA Awards & Scholarships

NIRSA members bring tremendous value to the field of collegiate recreation.

Whether they are professional members inspiring passion within student members, student members going above and beyond, or institutional members finding creative solutions, NIRSA members strive to recognize the excellent work of their colleagues.

Creative Excellence Awards

The Creative Excellence Awards focus on outstanding marketing and advertising materials published by the NIRSA Membership.

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Herman Williams Founders Outstanding Service Award

Named in honor of one of the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders founders, Herman Williams, who made extraordinary contributions in advancing innovative strategies to improve opportunities for minorities in campus recreation.

Honor Award

The highest honor awarded by the Association, the NIRSA Honor Award is presented each year to a Member for outstanding achievements in the profession.

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019

Horace Moody Award

The Horace Moody Award is a means for students to recognize and applaud professional members who have made contributions to student development by their encouragement, support, and performance.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

NIRSA Annual Service Award

The NIRSA Annual Service Award acknowledges exceptional performance or dedication to NIRSA Members.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award

The NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award annually recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the NIRSA Foundation and its mission.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

NIRSA/USTA Tennis Ace Awards

The NIRSA/USTA Tennis Ace Awards honor NIRSA Institutional, Professional, and Student Members who have implemented NIRSA-endorsed Tennis On Campus programs, and recognize efforts to grow recreational tennis participation.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards

The Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards recognize excellence in newly constructed, renovated, or expanded recreational facilities at NIRSA Member Institutions.

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019

President’s Award for the Article of Distinction

The President’s Award for the Article of Distinction recognizes excellence in writing from contributing authors to the NIRSA Recreational Sports Journal.

Regional Award of Merit

The Regional Award of Merit acknowledges exceptional performance or dedication of NIRSA Members.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

Research and Assessment Award

The Research and Assessment Award recognizes a NIRSA member who has made extraordinary contributions toward advancing research and assessment initiatives on their campus and/or for NIRSA.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

The Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award

This award celebrates the dedication of a NIRSA Championship Series volunteer who has embodied the spirit of Sarah Fain exhibited by their commitment to the Series through years of service to the NIRSA Services Corporation.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards

The William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards recognize outstanding students who are actively involved with the Department of Recreational Sports on University and College campuses.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2019

Scholarships and Travel Grants

To promote opportunities for personal and professional development, the NIRSA Foundation offers scholarships to student and professional members to attend various NIRSA educational programs.

  • Deadline: December 3, 2019

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