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Financial Assistance through Scholarships & Grants

The NIRSA Foundation is dedicated to the personal and professional development of NIRSA members.

Committed to the future of campus recreation, the NIRSA Foundation proudly offers a variety of scholarships to ensure NIRSA’s premier educational events are accessible for all NIRSA students and professionals. Members at all stages of their career benefit from learning, innovating, and networking experiences at these events.

In today’s difficult economic climate, financial assistance for professional development is more important than ever before. The NIRSA Foundation’s scholarship program affords professional growth opportunities for the field’s leading students and professionals by minimizing the costs of event registration and travel.

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Scholarships for the NIRSA Family are possible thanks to NIRSA Foundation donors. The NIRSA Foundation proudly supports the future leaders of campus rec.

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Event Scholarships for Students & Professionals

With scholarships available to students for the NIRSA Annual Conference and to professionals for all NIRSA-run institutes and education events, the NIRSA Foundation is committed to investing in the personal and professional development of the NIRSA Family at all stages of their careers. Follow the links below to learn more about the scholarships available through the NIRSA Foundation.

Past Recipients

Congratulations to all our past recipients!

“I would not be where I am in the field of campus recreation if it were not for the opportunities provided to me through this program.”

Brianna Lee, 2019 Jennifer R. De-Vries Scholarship Recipient, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Being recognized with a NIRSA scholarship is something I will always be proud of. It solidified my love of working in campus recreation and gave me the drive to work hard and keep faith that I would find a future in this field.”

Jennifer De La Rosa, 2017 Region I Scholarship Recipient, George Mason University Recreation

“I would not have been able to attend my first conference without the help from the NIRSA Foundation. They embody every sense of the word ‘serving,’ which makes me proud and appreciative to be a part of the NIRSA family.”

Aneury Pichardo, 2018 Mark E. Fletcher Scholarship Recipient, Providence College

“Receiving this scholarship allowed me to see and feel why NIRSA is so important to student development and the importance of support during selecting a career path for life.”

Brittney Justice Holloman, 2019 Frederick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice in Collegiate Recreation Recipient, San Francisco State University

Travel Grants for Professionals

NIRSA Foundation Travel Grant, presented by CORE Health & Fitness, allows NIRSA professionals the opportunity to advance their careers in campus recreation without shouldering the expenses of travel and lodging. The $1,000 (USD) grant is specifically designed to cover travel expenses associated with attending the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. Travel grants are possible because of corporate sponsorship.

2019 Jennifer R. De-Vries Scholarship Recipient

“I would not be where I am in the field of campus recreation if it were not for the opportunities provided to me through this program.”

Brianna Lee, Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at CENTERS LLC, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2017 Region I Scholarship Recipient

“Being recognized with a NIRSA scholarship is something I will always be proud of. It solidified my love of working in campus recreation and gave me the drive to work hard and keep faith that I would find a future in this field.”

Jennifer De La Rosa, Assistant Director of Marketing at George Mason University Recreation

2018 Mark E. Fletcher Scholarship Recipient

“I would not have been able to attend my first conference without the help from the NIRSA Foundation. They embody every sense of the word ‘serving,’ which makes me proud and appreciative to be a part of the NIRSA family.”

Aneury Pichardo, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports at Providence College

2019 Frederick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice in Collegiate Recreation Recipient

“Receiving this scholarship allowed me to see and feel why NIRSA is so important to student development and the importance of support during selecting a career path for life.”

Brittney Justice Holloman, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator at San Francisco State University

For More Info

Have questions about an application? Want to learn how you can help expand scholarship opportunities? Contact NIRSA Foundation Coordinator, John Raskauskas.

For additional scholarship opportunities offered in your area, please check your state association webpages. These scholarships are separate from the NIRSA Foundation scholarship program.