Scholarship Applications Close August 18, 2023
2022 NRPA Supervisors Management School Scholarship Recipients:
Jazmyn Gindratt, Lewisville Parks & Recreation, TX
Tim O'Melia, El Cajon Parks & Recreation, CA
The AAPRA commits to promote, nourish, and embody an inclusive and equitable environment, strengthen our commitment to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, combat systemic and structural racism, and promote a culture of equality for all, through our knowledge advancement, research, education, and scholarly efforts.
The American Parks & Recreation Foundation (Foundation), philanthropic partner of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration (Academy), is sponsoring two (2) scholarships to cover the tuition for two (2) first-year students to attend the National Recreation & Park Association’s 2023 Supervisors Management School, 2024 Revenue Development & Management School and 2024 Director’s School (total of six scholarships)
The scholarship for Director's School is the “Pottsie” Leadership Development Scholarship, which honors the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration’s former Executive Director, John C. Potts.
Nominations are currently open for all three schools with a closing date of August 18, 2023.
The Foundation board considers an applicant’s experience, goals, passion, diversity and financial need as important criteria in the application evaluation and scholarship selection process. Please be sure to address this in the essay.
To apply for a scholarship complete an on-line application no later than August 18, 2023.
Required materials to be submitted through the on-line application:
Completed application must be received no later than August 18, 2023
Questions? E-mail: email@example.com
Learn more about all the schools at https://learning.nrpa.org/
Tips for a strong application
"As a new Deputy Director with only 9 months experience in my position, having the opportunity to attend NRPA Directors School was incredibly impactful. Networking with professionals from across the country and having the opportunity to learn from our industry's leading practitioners and consultants was inspiring. I walked into this experience with anxious excitement, not knowing what to expect and left with a toolbox full of resources and 90+ new connections, friends and an energized perspective that made for a truly invaluable experience. I am beyond grateful to have been awarded the American Parks & Recreation Foundation John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship."
Cortney Weinstock, 2022 Pottsie Scholarship Winner
Deputy Director, Baltimore County Parks & Recreation, MD
Tede Price, 2022 Pottsie Scholarship Recipient
"I was honored to be a recent recipient of the Pottsie Scholarship for 2022 NRPA Directors School. I am grateful to the American Parks & Recreation Foundation (APRF) for the John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship selection. The Directors School was one of the best schools I’ve attended. I was able to network with like minded professionals. The sessions were valuable and addressed many of the challenges my department currently faces. It was great to be able to discuss relevant topics and make connections with Parks professionals whom I will continue to reach out to in the future. Thank you again APRF for this opportunity, allowing me to continue growing in this profession."
Amanda Creque, Cleveland Metroparks, OH
Kelsey Heiden, New Braunfels Parks & Recreation, TX
Josh Hendricks, Bloomingdale Park District, IL
Eileen Ramirez, Crestwood Parks & Recreation, MO
A message from Amanda Creque, Cleveland Metroparks, OH
Superintendent of Administration, Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation, MO
2020 Pottsie Scholarship Recipient
Jeanne Sprague, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, Lincoln City, OR
"NRPA Directors School was amazing. I met many new colleagues, and learned many new strategies to assist my parks and recreation department and in general throughout Oregon and the U.S.''