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NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend—presented by Core Health & Fitness

The NIRSA Foundation is excited to partner with Core Health & Fitness to offer NIRSA’s Professional Members financial support to attend the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference.

When you set out to build something, the finished product is only as strong as its foundation. So when Core Health & Fitness brought together fitness brands from all corners of the industry, we settled for nothing but the best.

StarTrac. StairMaster. Nautilus. Schwinn. Four iconic brands that pioneered entire categories, and whose machines are still the ones members ask for by name. Today, we’re committed to continuing the tradition that started decades ago – and that’s greatness you can feel good about building on. With Star Trac, we’re with you and your members every step. And it goes beyond providing cardio products. It’s about solutions designed around users to help mold lifelong habits for health and fitness. For facility operators, it’s about relationships that are just as strong and enduring as the equipment that bears our name.

The NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend allows leading 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.

Travel stipends will be awarded based on need to one NIRSA professional member from each of NIRSA’s seven regions. The $1,000 (USD) stipend is specifically designed to cover travel expenses associated with attending the NIRSA Annual Conference (airfare, mileage, and hotel). Funds will be released in the form of a reimbursement check after the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. Please review the eligibility requirements before applying.

March 2019 Update:

At this time, the travel stipend program has no corporate sponsor. Without sponsorship, the NIRSA Foundation regrets that the stipend program is on hiatus. Keep an eye on the NIRSA News for information about the future of this program. If you are interested in sponsoring travel stipends for NIRSA members, please contact Heidi Hurley.

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CORE Health & Fitness is committed to the professional development of our NIRSA Family thanks to their sponsorship with the NIRSA Foundation.

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

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Applications are currently closed

The application period for 2019 professional travel stipends has closed. Please check back in late summer 2019 for information about travel stipends for 2020.

Applications are due October 22, 2018.

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 Travel Stipend Application” under the Application Type drop-down.
  5. Click “Continue” to begin your application.

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


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The application period has closed

Application Guidelines

Travel assistance stipend applications for the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference were due on October 22, 2018.

Applicants were notified of the outcome of their application status by late December 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be a current NIRSA professional member at the time of application and must maintain membership through the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo. NIRSA professional members are limited to one travel stipend in a three-year period. Professionals are not limited to receiving only a stipend award or a scholarship award in the same year and can therefore apply for NIRSA Foundation Scholarships and the NIRSA Foundation Travel Stipend. Preference will be given to NIRSA members who have been unable to attend the previous NIRSA Annual Conference.

Disbursement Process

The travel stipend will be released in the form of a reimbursement check after the NIRSA Annual Conference for the following approved expenses: airfare, mileage (at the standard IRS reimbursement rate) and lodging (room and tax only for up to five nights).

Please note: The travel stipend covers travel and lodging expenses up to $1,000 (USD) related to the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo only. Funds are not eligible to be applied toward the cost of NIRSA Annual Conference registration.

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.