College of Health

PRT Scholarships

For Undergrad Students

Dr. L. Dale Cruse Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. L. Dale Cruse Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student studying in any emphasis area in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Applicants should exhibit the following traits via their application and personal statement: Excellent personality, enthusiasm about the field of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, creativity, energy, excellent oral and written communication, strong organizational skills, professional involvement, and a concern for others. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.2 overall at the University of Utah, 3.5 in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, and demonstrate financial need.

About the Award

The award was endowed in 1992 by Dr. L. Dale Cruse, Professor Emeritus, and Chair of Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation from 1972 to 1994. The scholarship is given in honor of his late son, Randy Dale Cruse. Over his 22 years at the University of Utah, Dale was an invaluable teacher and administrator.

Fred and Judy Tamagawa Scholarship

The Fred and Judy Tamagawa Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing an emphasis in Community Recreation and Sport Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation who demonstrates financial need. The applicants should provide evidence of an interest in community recreation or youth sport through practical paid experience or volunteer work. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.2 overall.

About the Award

This scholarship is presented by Fred and Judy Tamagawa. Fred is a long-time friend of Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, and a recipient of the Department’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Fred’s leadership and devotion to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism profession is unparalleled. His career with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation spanned 31 years and he remains active in community recreation as chairman of the Utah Softball Hall of Fame’s inductee selection committee.

Gretchen Sue Weber Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Gretchen Sue Weber Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes an outstanding undergraduate in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation who is actively involved on committees, special activities and programs in the Department, and is in need of financial assistance. The recipient will demonstrate high academic achievement, a concern for the environment, and exemplify the same love and zest for life so evident in Gretchen Sue. Specifically, the awardee will have a fun-loving and adventurous personality, be actively involved in outdoor recreation, be willing to pursue new challenges and adventures, and be modest about her or his accomplishments. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

About the Award

This award is presented in honor of the memory of Gretchen Sue Weber, a Parks, Recreation, and Tourism undergraduate student who perished in a skiing accident on Baldy Chutes at Alta Ski Resort on March 20, 1980. Gretchen was a vibrant, bright and enthusiastic young woman. The award was developed by her family and friends at the University of Utah and is given annually to recognize one student who best exemplifies the characteristics of Gretchen.

Harold J. Goodro Endowed Scholarship

The Harold J. Goodro Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student studying Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. The scholarship is intended to recognize students who demonstrate a willingness to pursue new challenges and adventures in outdoor recreation, an interest in protecting the wilderness and the environment, and an interest in leadership skills in skiing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, backpacking or backcountry camping. The applicant should also display enthusiasm and have an adventuresome personality toward the wilderness while showing compassion, kindness and care for others who use the natural environment, as well as modesty concerning personal achievements. Priority will be given to students with experience in parks, recreation and tourism and who have been active in a professional parks, recreation, tourism, or leisure organization at the local, state, regional and/or national level. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

About the Award

This award was established in 1994 by Harold Goodro and continues to serve in his memory. In addition to being a long-time ski instructor and working ski patrol at Alta, Harold taught outdoor adventure programming and environmental awareness education at the University of Utah from 1974 to 1996. His enthusiasm and dedication to quality teaching brought him international acclaim as an outstanding adult instructor in the State of Utah. He pioneered climbing routes in the Wasatch Range, including Goodrow’s Wall in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and climbed and skied all over South America, Europe and Africa. The outdoor skills courses that he developed eventually became the U’s Natural Resources Learning Program, now known as the Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education Program (U-EXPLORE).

Helen D. Goodro Endowed Scholarship

The Helen D. Goodro Endowed Scholarship recognizes a deserving undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation who demonstrates 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. Prior experience in the field of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is also desirable. It is hoped that the recipient would possess important character traits for which the Goodros are so well know, including a love of the outdoors, perseverance, endurance and a desire to succeed. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

About the Award

This award was established in 1996 by Harold Goodro and Helen D. Goodro for deserving undergraduate students who are in need of financial assistance. An artist, Helen taught art for many years and owned the Taylorsville Art Studio. Harold worked for the University of Utah for over 20 years as an instructor in outdoor adventure programming and environmental education. His courses were eventually developed into the U’s Natural Resources Learning Program, now known as the Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education Program (U-EXPLORE). Harold was an avid explorer of mountains in Utah and around the world. Mr. and Mrs. Goodro are fondly remembered by staff of Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

Laurie Allred Christianson Endowed Scholarship

The Laurie Allred Christianson Endowed Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation whose focus is outdoor recreation and parks management. Priority will be given to students with experience in parks, recreation and tourism and who have been active in a professional parks, recreation, tourism, or leisure organization at the local, state, regional and/or national level. Applicants should show character traits exhibited by Laurie Allred Christianson, including being personable, courageous, and having a caring attitude and sensitivity to the needs of others. Applicants must have excelled academically, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

About the Award

This scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of Laurie Allred Christianson. Laurie received her B.S. degree from the University of Utah in 1990 after which she worked as a state park ranger at Great Salt Lake State Park. She later moved to Wasatch State Park where she specialized in teaching first aid, CPR and firearms safety to Utah State park rangers. Laurie organized the first Junior State Parks Ranger Club. She was known for her caring attitude, concern for others and her dedication and courage in the face of many health adversities.

Merit Scholarship

The Merit Scholarship is awarded to a Utah resident undergraduate continuing student in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. The scholarship consists of $2,500 for fall semester and $2,500 for spring semester. The PRT Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications and bring recommendations to the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism faculty for final selection. The name of the recipient will be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office of the University of Utah. A student may receive the honor only once. Awardees will have a minimum GPA of 3.5 at the University of Utah and in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, a minimum of 20 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, be coded as a Parks, Recreation and Tourism major for a minimum of two semesters, be a Utah resident, be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours for both fall and springs semesters, be involved in Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism activities or representation of the Department in College of Health, University of Utah or community activities.

About the Award

The scholarship is provided annually by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation to undergraduate students pursuing a BS or BA degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Updated October 2015 5 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation to an undergraduate student. The recipient will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement as well as outstanding leadership and service to the department, university and larger community. The awardee will be a declared PRT major; have demonstrated contributions to Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation through involvement in Student Advisory Council (SAC), Recreation and Parks Society (RAPS) leadership and or Department special projects; demonstrated contribution to the larger university community through leadership in committees or activities of the College of Health or sponsored by the University; and demonstrated leadership qualities through excellence in field work or internship placement and/or involvement and contribution in the community. Nominations are accepted through faculty nominations.

About the Award

This award is given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

Susan S. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship

The Susan S. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding undergraduate female student (junior) in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. Priority will be given to students who have been active in a professional parks, recreation, tourism, or leisure organization at the local, state, regional and/or national level.

About the Award

The scholarship is made in honor of Susan S. Christiansen. Susan’s contributions to the Department reach back to 1981. She is remembered for her compassion and concern for students.

Prior experience in the field of parks and recreation is desirable. The applicant should show character traits of Susan Christiansen, including being personable, having a sense of humor and possessing courage. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.2.