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Student Scholarships

NIRSA and the NIRSA Foundation are committed to advancing the profession of campus recreation. Student scholarships allow future leaders the opportunity to develop personally and professionally while networking with current leaders in the field.

The NIRSA Foundation is pleased to offer a variety of student scholarships to cover registration fees for the NIRSA Annual Conference and the J. Michael Dunn preconference workshop. These opportunities ensure that all our members can take advantage of these amazing educational opportunities without worrying about the cost of registration.

Student scholarships cover the cost of registration fees for the appropriate NIRSA event related to each endowment.

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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Applications for 2020 NIRSA Foundation Scholarships open on October 7 and are due on December 3.

The application period for 2019 Region II Excellence Scholarships has closed. Please check back in summer 2020 for information about 2020 Region II Excellence Scholarships.

Applications open October 7 and are due December 3.

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. Click the green link: “Click here to begin a new application.
  3. Enter your NIRSA ID number and select “Student Scholarship Application” under the Application Type drop-down.
  4. Click “Submit” to begin your application.

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The application period for 2019 Region II Excellence Scholarships has closed.
Please check back in summer 2020 for information about 2020 Region II Excellence Scholarships.

Thanks to our NIRSA Foundation Corporate Partners

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Submission Guidelines

All Region II Excellence Scholarship applications must be completed and submitted by August 28, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their application status by late September 2019.

All other scholarship applications must be completed and submitted by December 3, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their application status by late February 2020.

All student scholarship applications require a complete application form, a résumé and a NIRSA Foundation Scholarship Application Support Form signed by the director of the applicant’s recreation department.

Scholarships are awarded based on NIRSA involvement as well as participation in recreation and leadership activities on the applicant’s campus, in addition to the required application materials. Specific submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship application. Please note scholarships do not cover the cost of travel.

General Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Students do not need to hold NIRSA student membership to apply for scholarships; however, recipients will be required to purchase student membership upon accepting a student scholarship.
  • An applicant is limited to receiving one NIRSA Foundation scholarship as an undergraduate student and one as a graduate student, with one exception: The Founders Endowment Scholarship may be received only one time regardless of student or professional status.
  • NIRSA Foundation scholarship awards may not be presented to students, either undergraduate or graduate, in consecutive years.
  • Student recipients may receive a J. Michael Dunn Preconference Workshop Scholarship and/or a Region II Excellence Scholarship in the same calendar year as other scholarships.
  • All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Student Scholarships for Preconference Workshop

J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop

In addition to the list of scholarships below, the NIRSA Foundation is pleased to offer (30) scholarship opportunities for students to attend the J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop, a NIRSA Annual Conference preconference event. The workshop aims to inspire NIRSA student members to further their professional development and learn about leadership topics, tactics, and techniques, as well as how to seek insight and mentoring from current NIRSA professionals.

This workshop honors the memory of Mike Dunn, a long-time NIRSA member, former Honor Award recipient, and Past President of NIRSA, who dedicated his life to advancing the profession of collegiate recreation and the student experience. Students may apply for a J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop scholarship in addition to any of the other scholarships for which they are eligible.

Student Scholarships for NIRSA Professional Development Events

The Mark E. Fletcher Scholarship is the NIRSA Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship: It is awarded to the student applicant receiving the highest cumulative score from the selection committee’s review process. The scholarship covers registration for a student to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The NIRSA Foundation partners with corporate sponsors who are dedicating to advancing the mission of NIRSA. Our NIRSA Foundation Corporate Partners –Woodway, Matrix, and Sports Imports – each provide one scholarship to a student to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

Thanks to our NIRSA Foundation Corporate Partners

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

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation and must be enrolled 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 less
  • A program that has five or fewer FTE staff dedicated to campus recreation

The Region I Endowment was developed by members of Region I to award a registration scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student from Region I to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be from a Region I institution and an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Fletcher/Leonida/Region II Endowment was developed to create an enduring legacy for two of our NIRSA colleagues and friends, Mark E. Fletcher and Mark M. (Leo) Leonida. This endowment was established in 2011 to be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who attends a Virginia college or university, with a secondary priority to students in NIRSA Region II, to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a Region II undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

Region II Excellence Endowment was established in 2018 to provide registration scholarships for students from Region II to attend the Region II Conference.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student member of NIRSA in Region II.

The Region III Endowment provides a registration scholarship for students from Region III to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be from a Region III institution and an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Region IV Endowment provides a registration scholarship for students from Region IV to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be from a Region IV institution and an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

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

Applicants must be from a Region V institution and an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Region VI Endowment provides students from Region VI registration scholarships to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be from a Region VI institution and an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Salado Consortium (Texas) Endowment provides registration scholarships to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo for students who attend or work at a school in the State of Texas. The scholarship was established in 2006 by directors from Texas universities to support student and professional development.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student attending a school in the State of Texas and in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

NIRSA began in 1950 as the National Intramural Association when our founder, Dr. William Wasson, convened a meeting of 20 men and women from 11 Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCUs) at Dillard University in New Orleans. The Founders Endowment honors their legacy by providing scholarships for NIRSA members from HBCUs to attend NIRSA professional development events.

The NIRSA Founders Endowment provides one scholarship for a student from a HBCU to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a student member from an HBCU with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Frederick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice in Collegiate Recreation provides scholarships for registration to the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. for a student 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 Endowment will provide a scholarship for a student to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. Jen’s greatest gift was to create a learning environment for NIRSA professional and students members to grow. The recipient of this scholarship will allow the NIRSA Foundation to continue what Jen always did: helping others reach their potential and bring dreams to life.

Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

The Sonia and Max Gartenberg Endowment was developed in 2003, to create an enduring legacy for the parents of long-term NIRSA member Mitch Gartenberg. Mitch learned the value of hard work and commitment with a charitable spirit through the teachings of his parents which led him to create this endowment.

The endowment was established to give priority to support a student member from a traditionally Historic Black College or University (HBCU) for their attendance to the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. If no candidate is available from an HBCU, then the scholarship would be made available to another deserving student.

Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

Established in 2002 to honor of Dr. William Wasson, founder and first President of the National Intramural Association (now NIRSA) and Honor Award Recipient, the William Wasson Endowment provides two registration scholarships to theNIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo for students with the highest grade point average in the cumulative scoring process by the scholarship selection committee.

Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation. The William Wasson Scholarship selection is based on applicants’ GPA and scores.

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 Student Presenter Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student presenting at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student presenting at the Annual Conference and must be in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation. Scholarship recipients will not have already received a registration scholarship for the upcoming Annual Conference.

The Illinois (IIRSA) Endowment was developed to provide educational opportunities for Illinois students to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student member of NIRSA in the state of Illinois.

The NIRSA Foundation is honored to provide scholarships to students who exemplify the mission and vision of NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be a graduating senior or a graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the 2018-2019 Student Leadership Team at NIRSA 2019 in Boston, seven “Give to Grow” scholarships are available to the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with plans to pursue a career in campus recreation.

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.

Scholarships may be subject to taxation, depending on individual factors. You can reference IRS Publication 970 for general guidance, but please consult with a tax advisor if you are unclear about the tax implications of any scholarship. The NIRSA Foundation does not provide tax advice and is not responsible for taxes that result from any awards.

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