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Professional Scholarships

At NIRSA’s annual conferences, institutes, and schools, our professional members have the unique opportunity to gain valuable professional skills while contributing to our vibrant organization.

The NIRSA Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to cover registration fees for NIRSA professional development events, such as the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo, preconference workshops, and other NIRSA institutes and schools. These opportunities ensure that all of our members can take advantage of these amazing educational opportunities without worrying about the cost. Professional scholarships cover the cost of registration fees for the appropriate NIRSA event related to each endowment

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

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Applications open August 7 and are due October 22, 2018.

Scholarships may be awarded to the following NIRSA professional development events in 2019: NIRSA Annual Conference and preconference workshops, NIRSA Triventure, NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute at Triventure, NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute, NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation – Level I, and NIRSA Directors Institute. Check the scholarship descriptions below to learn which scholarships may be used toward which event(s).

Applications are due October 22, 2018.

Scholarships may be awarded to the following NIRSA professional development events in 2019: NIRSA Annual Conference and preconference workshops, NIRSA Triventure, NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute at Triventure, NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute, NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation – Level I, and NIRSA Directors Institute. Check the scholarship descriptions below to learn which scholarships may be used toward which event(s).

Scholarship applications are processed through CadmiumCD software.

  1. Head over to Cadmium by clicking the link below and log in using your NIRSA login information.
  2. In your profile, verify that your NIRSA membership and other profile information are up to date.
  3. Click the green link: “Click here to begin an Application.
  4. Enter your full name and select “Professional Scholarship Application” under the Application Type drop-down.
  5. Click “Continue” to begin your application.

Got it. Take me to Cadmium!

Applications are due October 17, 2017

Scholarship applications are processed through Abstract Manager software.

1.     Head over to Abstract Manager by clicking the link below and log in using your NIRSA login information.

2.     Verify that your NIRSA membership and the information on your NIRSA profile are up to date.

3.     Once you are on the Submissions homepage, click on “My Proposals and Applications”.

4.    From the Available Events dropdown, select the “2018 Foundation STU & PROF Scholarship and Travel Stipend”
option to start your NIRSA Foundation scholarship application.

Got it. Take me to Abstract Manager!

The application period for 2018 professional scholarships has closed.
Please check back in late summer 2018 for information about professional scholarships for 2019.

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Submission Guidelines

All scholarship applications must be completed and submitted by October 22, 2018, Applicants will be notified of their application status by late December 2018. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s financial need, service to the Association, leadership and participation in activities on the applicant’s campus, as well as the relationship of the symposium/conference to the applicant’s job responsibilities. Specific submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship application. Please note scholarships do not cover the cost of travel.

General Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Current NIRSA membership through the awarded NIRSA event is required for scholarship applicants.
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Applicants are limited to one NIRSA Foundation professional scholarship in a three-year period.
  • Applicants are limited to receiving one NIRSA Foundation Scholarship per NIRSA Foundation Endowment category, with the exception of the Founders Endowment, which may only be awarded to an applicant one time.

Professional Scholarships for NIRSA Professional Development Events

The Small Programs Scholarship was developed from NIRSA’s 2017 Small Programs Initiative and will be awarded to a professional from a small program to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a professional member employed at an institution classified as a “small program,” which is defined as one or more of the following:

  • A two-year institution
  • A program that services a student body of 5,000 or fewer
  • A program that has five or fewer FTE staff dedicated to campus recreation

The Region V Endowment provides professionals from Region V registration to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be from a Region V institution.

The SoCal (Region VI) Endowment provides professionals from Region VI registration scholarships to attend any NIRSA school, institute or conference.

Applicants must be a Region VI professional member.

The Philadelphia City 6 Endowment was developed to provide an educational opportunity for a NIRSA professional member to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a current professional member of NIRSA and employed by one of the six Philly City 6 institutions: Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Villanova University, Saint Joseph’s University, or LaSalle University.

In 2014, the Salado Consortium (Texas) Endowed Professional Scholarship was renamed in honor of Steve Kintigh, former Director of Campus Recreation at Texas Christian University. The Steve Kintigh Endowment provides funding for scholarships for registration to the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo for professional members who are employed at a Texas school of higher education. The scholarship was established in 2006 by directors from Texas universities to support student and professional development.

Applicants must be employed at a Texas school of higher education. If there is not a qualified applicant from a Texas school of high education, then the scholarship will not be awarded.

In 2005, Christopher Chivetta established The Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowment in honor of the works and passions of his father, Tony Chivetta. As a distinguished architect for over 45 years, he completed some of the nation’s most unique and creative recreation, fitness and wellness centers on collegiate campuses. The Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowment provides a professional member of NIRSA the opportunity for a conference registration to attend the NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute or NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

The NIRSA Founders Endowment was endowed in April 2009 in honor of the 20 African American Founders of the National Intramural Association (NIA), formed in 1950. Its purpose is to provide funding for scholarships for a NIRSA professional member from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo or any of the NIRSA schools or institutes.

Applicants must be employed at an HBCU. If there is not a qualified applicant from an HBCU, then the scholarship will not be awarded.

The Frederick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice in Collegiate Recreation provides funding for scholarships for registration to the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo for a professional member who is LGBTQI and/or identifies as an Ally. Recipients are selected because they actively work to provide an environment of inclusion and safety for LGBTQI community members in recreational sports environments. This scholarship was established in January 2011 by Laurie Braden, in memory of her father, Dr. Frederick R. Braden who dedicated his life to social justice and equality.

The Jennifer R. de-Vries Scholarship will provide a scholarship to a professional member to attend NIRSA’s School of Collegiate Recreation also known as “The School”.  Jen’s greatest gift was to create a learning environment for NIRSA professional and students to grow.  The recipient of this scholarship will allow the NIRSA Foundation to continue what Jen always did in helping others reach their potential and bring dreams to life.

The Will Holsberry Endowment was established in 1997 in recognition of Will Holsberry’s 24-year service to the Association. As the third Executive Director of NIRSA, the Association experienced tremendous growth under his direction. Will’s vision, dedication, persistence and especially his commitment to NIRSA are the elements that made him such an outstanding advocate on educating professionals within collegiate recreation. The Will Holsberry Endowment provides a professional member of NIRSA the opportunity for a registration to attend any NIRSA school, institute or conference.

The Bill Thompson Scholarship was established in 2012 by Mr. Thompson, who was committed to the advancement and development of NIRSA Professionals. The Bill Thompson Scholarship provides a professional member of NIRSA the opportunity for a registration to attend any NIRSA school, institute or conference.

Barbara Brimi was a long-time member of NIRSA.  She pushed for women to be a part of NIRSA during a time when they were not allowed. She was a mentor and a leader.  Barbara was a founder of the NIRSA Foundation and served on the NIRSA Foundation’s first Board of Directors.

This scholarship provides a female professional NIRSA member registration NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Jeff became a NIRSA member in 1974 and in the following four decades he served in numerous leadership positions within the Association—these include NIRSA President, Region III Vice President, and Past President’s Representative on the Assembly from 2012-2014. He was a leading figure in the development of the NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation, hosted the first NIRSA School, and served as a founding member of the faculty.

This scholarship provides a professional member registration to attend any NIRSA school, institute or conference.

Steve has served NIRSA in many roles over his career in Recreational Sports. Known to many as “Old School”, Steve loved his profession and working with students. He fostered strong relationships with his colleagues and always was there to lend a helping hand. He was instrumental in his Region, a strong advocate at his university and an amazing leader within NIRSA. He served on the NIRSA Board as a Vice President and on the NIRSA Foundation as the Chair.

This scholarship provides a professional member registration to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Jesse A. “Tony” Clements joined NIRSA in 1972, and during his active 45 years of membership, he volunteered in dozens of leadership positions and presented at over 50 NIRSA conferences. He served as NIRSA President, Region III Vice President, a member of the Assembly Work Team for Governance Transition, and a member of the NSC Board of Directors. Along with Jeff Vessely, Tony was a leading figure in the development of the NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation and served as a founding member of the faculty.

The Tony Clements Young Professional Presenter Scholarship will be awarded to a young professional presenting at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a young professional member, defined as holding NIRSA professional membership for 1-10 years, presenting at the Annual Conference. Scholarship recipients will not have already received a registration scholarship for the upcoming Annual Conference.

The NIRSA Foundation is honored to provide scholarships to professionals who exemplify the mission and vision of NIRSA. General NIRSA Foundation Scholarships provide professionals registration to attend any NIRSA school, institute or conference.

Applicants must be a NIRSA professional member.

Professional Scholarships for Preconference Workshops

The J. Michael Dunn Endowment was developed in 2010 to create an enduring legacy for our friend, colleague, and mentor, Mike Dunn. The primary mission of this endowment was to ensure that students could learn and develop personally and professionally through their participation by attending the J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop. Provisions were established that once the fund reach a fund balance of $24,000, funds would then become available for professionals to also receive registration scholarships to preconference educational programs. Through generous donations made in Mike’s memory by those who loved and respected Mike, this is now a reality.

Up to $525 will be awarded for registration for professional preconference educational workshops at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Health & Wellness Expo. They may not be used for any trips, facility tours, or service project registration fees. Professionals may apply for a J. Michael Dunn Professional Preconference Education Scholarship in addition to any of the other scholarships for which they are eligible.

Past Recipients

Congratulations to all our past recipients!

For More Info

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