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NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend

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.

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.

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.

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.


Nomination Form
The application period has closed

Application Guidelines

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

Applicants will be 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!

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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.