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A. Joseph and Holly Arave Endowed Scholarship in Outdoor Recreation Ethics

The A. Joseph and Holly Arave Endowed Scholarship in Outdoor Recreation Ethics awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism who demonstrates an enduring interest in, and commitment to, furthering outdoor recreation ethics, as well as academic achievement and financial need. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

About the Award

This award honors the memory of Dr. Joseph (Joe) Arave, a graduate of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's doctoral program, and associate professor, interim department chair and associate department chair from 1996 to 2011. Originally from Virginia, Joe was an avid outdoorsman whose passion for nature and gardening was only outweighed by his love for his family and faith. He left a legacy of being an excellent team player and will be remembered for his commitment to the Department. This award also honors Holly Arave, who supported Joe throughout his career and shared his love for the outdoors and his concern for students.

Alta Endowed Scholarship

The Alta Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism whose emphasis area is Commercial Recreation or Sustainable Tourism. The recipient will have experience in the field, and be actively involved in a professional parks, recreation, tourism and/or leisure organization at the local, state, regional and/or national level. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in sustainable tourism, a commitment to the natural environment and a concern for those living nearby, and be in financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Applications must include a personal statement.

About the Award

The Alta Endowed Scholarship was created in 1998 by Mr. Peter Quinney Lawson in honor of his grandfather, Mr. S. J. (Joe) Quinney, whose philosophy is embodied in the Alta Ski Resort today. Mr. Lawson graduated from the Department in 1980 with an emphasis in Commercial Recreation. Mr. Lawson wore many hats at Alta: He drove snow cats, worked ski patrol, accumulated and preserved 40 years of avalanche research, worked in marketing and served as Assistant General Manager. Mr. Lawson has served on the Alta City Council, on the Advisory Council for the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University and on the National Native American Seed Board. He continues to serve the cause of conservation through philanthropic work in Utah.

Dianne Nelson Binger Memorial Scholarship

The Dianne Nelson Binger Memorial Scholarship awards an outstanding female, graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Graduate or undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

About the Award

This scholarship was established in 2006 by the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau in memory of Dianne Nelson Binger. Dianne served at the Bureau for 18 years, where she progressed from Convention Sales Director to Vice President, to Senior Vice President and, in 2001, President and CEO. She promoted Salt Lake City and Utah as a travel destination and knew the tremendous cultural and economic value that tourism brings. Diane took great efforts to mentor the careers of people around her, and nothing pleased her more than seeing their achievements.

Don B. Hutchison Endowed Scholarship

The Don B. Hutchison Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, the recipient will also be in financial need. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

About the Award

This scholarship was established in 2007 in the name of Donald B. Hutchison. The scholarship fund awards one student per year in each of the College of Health’s departments/divisions.

Dr. Linn R. Rockwood Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Linn Rockwood Scholarship is awarded on the basis of a paper competition. The paper is to be an original composition for the purpose of the scholarship. That is, previously written work, such a papers written for a grade in a class, previous publication, or papers with multiple authors, etc. are not eligible. A wide variety of genres are welcome. Examples might include research papers, literature reviews, thought-provoking essays, etc. Topics are wide open, but must be related to the field of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. The standard to which students should write is that the paper should be suitable for publication. The papers will be judged by a panel of two Graduate Faculty from the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program within Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation and one Graduate Faculty from another academic program or department on campus.

About the Award

The scholarship was established in 1994 by Dr. Linn R. Rockwood, Professor Emeritus in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. Linn earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Utah in 1967. His involvement in the field of parks and recreation spanned four decades. He was Superintendent of Recreation and Director of Parks and Recreation for Provo City, a popular sports broadcaster and Chair of the Recreation Division (now Parks, Recreation and Tourism) of the University of Utah from 1968 to 1972. A sterling example of the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle, Linn was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 for his achievements in tennis.

Elliott M. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship

The Elliott M. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism who demonstrates academic excellence as well as financial need. The recipient will demonstrate a commitment to promoting active lifestyles in sports and/or outdoor recreation to the public through the delivery of leisure services. Applicants must provide evidence of an active lifestyle. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

About the Award

The scholarship was established in 1998 by Mrs. Judy Wolfe in recognition of her husband and her family’s involvement in the outdoor recreation retail industry. Elliott loved the out of doors and all that it represented. The Wolfe family owned a chain of successful sporting goods stores in Utah for many years.

Gayle Richards Lawrence Endowed Scholarship

The Gayle Richards Lawrence Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, the recipient will also be in financial need. Applicants should be actively involved in a professional parks, recreation, tourism and/or leisure organization at the local, state, regional and/or national level. Preference will be given to applicants who share characteristics with Ms. Lawrence, namely professionalism, warmth, kindness, congeniality, loyalty, dedication, perseverance, and caring towards and consideration for others. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

About the Award

This scholarship was established in 1998 by Gayle Richards Lawrence for students in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Gayle served as a secretary, executive secretary, administrative secretary and administrative assistant in Parks, Recreation and Tourism for over fifteen years. She was known for her warmth, professionalism and consideration of others. Her dedication, perseverance and devotion to the students, faculty and staff was given freely and always with a smile.

G. Mitchell Morris Legacy Endowed Scholarship

The G. Mitchell Morris Legacy Endowed Scholarship recognizes an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The recipient will have a record of academic excellence and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

About the Award

This scholarship was established in 2001 by G. Mitchell Morris and June M. Morris. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are noted for their humanitarian interests and compassionate natures. The couple created one of nation’s largest travel agencies, Morris Travel, and later, Morris Air, and they travelled extensively. At age 86, Mitch fulfilled his goal of visiting all seven continents when he visited Antarctica in 2006. The Morris’ legacy at the University of Utah includes the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Graduate and Undergraduate Inspirational Student Award

The Inspirational Student Award goes to the undergraduate or graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism who inspires and encourages faculty, staff and fellow students; through academic achievement, overcoming personal adversity, compassion for others, and contribution to Parks, Recreation and Tourism, College of Health and/or the University of Utah.

About the Award

This award is offered by Parks, Recreation and Tourism in recognition of students whose character and actions help others to gain a greater appreciation of life and community. Nominations are accepted through faculty and student nominations.

Scholarship in Outdoor Recreation Leadership

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scholarship awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism who demonstrates financial need. The applicants should show a commitment to the sustainable use of wild lands and waterways with a desire to preserve these resources for other living beings and for future generations of people; respect for the opinions of others and positive approaches to problem solving; and an interest in outdoor education or outdoor recreation as a career field. Applicants must submit a brief essay exploring these three elements. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5..

About the Award

This scholarship was provided by an anonymous donor who believed in the preservation and conservation of the outdoors.

Mr. and Mrs. Jagtar Singh Endowed Scholarship

The Mr. and Mrs. Jagtar Singh Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Commercial Recreation, Sustainable Tourism or Hospitality Management. The recipient will excel academically and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who display commitment and dedication to the profession, are hardworking, diligent, show perseverance and a desire to succeed, and have a strong potential to be a future leader or manager in the profession. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.75.

About the Award

The scholarship was donated by Dr. Amrik Singh in honor of his late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jagtar Singh. Dr. Singh obtained his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure from the University of Utah and has been Assistant Professor at the Daniels College of Business School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at the University of Denver since 2006.

The Dr. Kelly and Nate Bricker ‘Experience the World’ Scholarship

The Bricker Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving park, recreation, and tourism student in honor of Kelly and Nate’s contributions to sustainable tourism worldwide, and, in particular, for the extraordinarily positive difference they have made in the island nation of Fiji in the South Pacific. Financial support for the Bricker Scholarship comes from an anonymous donor who appreciates Kelly and Nate’s positive impact on the park, recreation, and tourism program, Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, the College of Health, and the University of Utah, as well as countless countries across the globe that depend on sustainable tourism for their economic, social, and environmental well-being.

Details:

  • At least one annual scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding Parks, Recreation and Tourism major or graduate student. Recipient(s) of these scholarships shall be known as Kelly and Nate Bricker Scholar(s).
  • Scholarship recipients will be selected by a faculty selection committee in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program.

Scholarship Selection Criteria:

  1. The Learning abroad internship scholarship recipient(s) Undergraduate or Graduate students attending full time: 12 credits Undergraduate Student, 9 credits Graduate Student.
  2. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their Major at the time of application and award.
  3. At the request of the donors, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who is seeking funding to specifically engage in a learning abroad program offered at the University of Utah, and demonstrate an interest in sustainable recreation and/or tourism.
  4. Applicants must be a declared major within Parks, Recreation and Tourism (pre-major does not qualify).
  5. Application will be disqualified if not submitted correctly, completely, and timely.

NOLS and PRT Faculty and Staff Quasi Scholarship

The NOLS and PRT Faculty and Staff Quasi Scholarship recognizes a talented graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism who will use a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course to enhance their academic experience and advance toward their career goals. Applicants must provide an essay describing how the NOLS course will contribute to her/his career and/or academic plan, discussing personal traits and skills that the student will contribute to the NOLS course in order to improve it. Applicants must also include analysis of relevant concepts and skills learned in Parks, Recreation and Tourism classes, and outdoor experiential learning and education classes that apply to their probable success in the NOLS course. Need and merit may be used in the selection process. Receipt of the award is contingent upon acceptance into an appropriate NOLS course. Recipient must complete the NOLS course within one calendar year of the award. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrolment and meet with the faculty NOLS Advisor upon receiving this award.

About the Award

This combined scholarship is made possible through contributions of the faculty and staff of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, and through a fund created by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

As part of our partnership, NOLS and PRT faculty and staff have created a scholarship to recognize a talented graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation who will use a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course to enhance their academic experience and advance toward their career goals. The endowed scholarship fund at the U (created through contributions from PRT faculty and from NOLS) covers $800 (an amount which may rise as the endowment grows) toward the annual recipient’s tuition, while NOLS covers the remaining tuition up to $4500. This scholarship is awarded to one PRT student annually, and the deadline for the student to enroll in a summer NOLS course is May 1.

PRT Memorial Quasi Scholarship

The PRT Memorial Quasi Scholarship is presented to outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The recipient must display a commitment and dedication to the profession. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduate applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

About the Award

The scholarship was created in 2004 by faculty and staff in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation in loving memory of lost loved ones.

The Sustainable Tourism and Recreation Experiential Learning Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Dr. Kelly Bricker and Nathan Bricker, with a match from the College of Health and an Anonymous Donor of the University in honor of leaders in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation and adventure programs who have passed on, yet have left a legacy of providing access to amazing outdoor experiences and protecting biodiversity of our planet.

  1. The Learning abroad internship scholarship recipient(s) Undergraduate or Graduate students attending full time: 12 credits Undergraduate Student, 9 credits Graduate Student in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
  2. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their Major at the time of application and award.
  3. At the request of the donors, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who is seeking funding to specifically engage in a learning abroad program offered at the University of Utah, and demonstrate an interest in sustainable recreation and/or tourism.
  4. Applicants must be a declared major within Parks, Recreation and Tourism (pre-major does not qualify).
  5. Application will be disqualified if not submitted correctly, completely, and timely.

The following must be included in your scholarship application: 

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • A well-written and compelling essay, no longer than 1000 words that includes a brief history of yourself, your academic and professional goals, the importance of traveling abroad, and reasons why you feel you are a strong candidate for this scholarship.
  • A list of any pertinent accomplishments, honors, or special awards of recognition you have received.
  • A current (fall semester) My Degree Dashboard (Formerly DARS) or transcript with grades.  If you have been at the University of Utah for less than two semesters, please submit a transcript from other schools attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  Letters must be signed and sealed with the author’s signature across the envelope flap.
  • Involvement in activities that advance the mission and values of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
  • Distinctive strengths within your area of interest (community service, leadership skills, etc.) 

Aaron Michael Karitis Endowed Learning Abroad Scholarship in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

A scholarship fund established in 2018 in honor of Aaron Michael Karitis to be awarded to one or more students who are studying abroad with the PRT program. Recipients must be enrolled in PRT coursework and have declared a major in an undergraduate or graduate degree in PRT; Undergraduate scholarship recipients must have completed a minimum of nine credit hours in PRT coursework. Graduate scholarship recipients must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in PRT coursework; and must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens of the United States of America, or international students who are lawfully present in the U.S. There is no minimum GPA required for this scholarship, therefore will recipients must adhere to the Learning Abroad requirements for the program of their choosing.