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Financial Assistance through Scholarships & Stipends

Dedicated to the future of collegiate recreation, the NIRSA Foundation is proud to offer a variety of scholarships and travel stipends to NIRSA members.

NIRSA Foundation scholarships and stipends help ensure that all of NIRSA’s members — regardless of personal income — are able to take advantage of NIRSA’s many educational and professional opportunities available each year.

Since its inception in 1992, the NIRSA Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 to better serve NIRSA’s student and professional members. In today’s difficult economic climate, financial assistance is more important than ever before: the NIRSA Foundation’s scholarships and stipends program affords opportunities for leading students and professionals to learn and network at NIRSA’s educational events by minimizing the costs of travel and registration.

NIRSA Foundation provides support for Research & Assessment of Campus Recreation

The NIRSA Foundation proudly supports our NIRSA Family and the future leaders of our field through scholarships and stipends.

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The application period has closed

Information regarding 2018 Scholarship & Travel Stipend applications will be available in August 2017.

  1. Login to Abstract Manager using your NIRSA login information.
  2. Verify that your NIRSA profile is up to date.
  3. Once you are on the Submissions homepage, click on “My Proposals and Applications.”
  4. From the available events options, select the “2017 Foundation STU & PROF Scholarship, & Travel Stipend” option to start your NIRSA Foundation Scholarship or Travel Stipend application.
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2016 William Wasson Scholarship Recipient

“Receiving a NIRSA Foundation scholarship allowed me to immerse myself in an environment filled with extraordinary professionals, supportive colleagues, and endless networking opportunities. A NIRSA Foundation scholarship was what started my journey within campus recreation.”

Jorge Herrera, Coordinator of Fitness Facility Operations at Florida State University

2016 Jennifer R. De-Vries Scholarship Recipient

“The NIRSA Foundational scholarship I received changed my life and opened up a world of possibilities within the NIRSA community and beyond.”

Carol Gibbon, Graduate Admin Assistant at South Dakota State University

2016 Region I Scholarship recipient

“Receiving a NIRSA Foundation scholarship has made a huge impact on the development of my career in collegiate recreation…Not only did it help me move my career forward to the next level, I was able to learn how to develop leadership practices within my department and how to improve my programs.”

Brianna Harris, Graduate Assistant for Perry Field House, Intramural Sports, and Club Sports at Bowling Green State University

Event Scholarships for Students & Professionals

With scholarships available to both professional and student members for all NIRSA institutes and education events, the NIRSA Foundation is committed to investing in the personal and professional development of members at all the different stages of their careers. Follow the links below to learn more about the scholarships available through the NIRSA Foundation.

Student Member Scholarships
Professional Member Scholarships

Travel Stipends For Professionals

The NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipendpresented by CORE Health & Fitness, allows NIRSA professional members the opportunity to advance their career in the field of collegiate recreation by networking and gaining valuable knowledge without shouldering the expenses of travel and lodging. The $1,000 (USD) stipend is specifically designed to cover travel expenses associated with attending the 2018 NIRSA Annual Conference (airfare, mileage, and hotel). Travel stipends are only available to NIRSA professional members.

Professional Member Travel Stipend

For More Info

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