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Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Scholarships

 

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Scholarships are merit-based and/or need-based, and may or may not include a financial prize.

PRT scholarships and awards are made possible through the generous support of donors and alumni. We gratefully acknowledge their contributions to the success of our students and our field. To donate to Parks, Recreation, and Tourism scholarship program, please contact PRT Director Kelly Bricker (kelly.bricker@utah.health.edu).

Scholarships

Scholarship Application Deadline

The deadline for all scholarships is Friday, January 29th, 2021 @ Midnight. 

Eligibility (Base Criteria)

  • Applicant must be a declared major in an undergraduate degree program or enrolled in a graduate degree program in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of nine (9) credit hours (undergraduate students) or six (6) credit hours (graduate students) in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an international student who is lawfully present in the U.S.

Application Process

 

Students submit one application for all scholarships which is submitted electronically. The application will allow you to return to finish your submission if you use the same computer and browser. If you wish to be considered for a specific scholarship that requires extra materials, please include those materials in the last step of the electronic application. If you are unable to upload or copy your extra materials, please submit these materials to the PRT office by the application deadline. Please click here to access the scholarship application link. All applications will require a completed application containing the following information: personal information, department affiliation, degree sought/emphasis area

Personal and program required information

  • Personal, department, degree, and emphasis (if applicable)
  • Credits completed in PRT and your PRT GPA, as well as your University GPA
  • Academic, extra-curricular, professional, and scholarly accomplishments (honors courses, special summer programs, technical training, exhibits, etc.)
  • Scholarships, awards, grants, and FAFSA (Complete online form to demonstrate need at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Letters of recommendation are not required.

Additional documentation required for some scholarships

  • Gary D. Ellis Scholarship (requires abstract and budget submission)
  • Scholarship in Outdoor Recreation Leadership (requires essay)
  • NOLS and PRT Faculty and Staff Quasi Scholarship (requires essay and concept & skills analysis)
  • Dr. Linn R. Rockwood Endowed Scholarship (requires professional paper)

What to include for experience in the field of parks, recreation, and tourism

  • Seasonal or part-time work
  • Fieldwork or internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Full-time work

 

Award Acceptance and Follow-up

 

Award recipients will be notified in March 2021.

Award recipients are expected to do the following:

  1. Accept or decline offer by date on scholarship agreement
  2. Write thank you letter with a brief biographical sketch to scholarship donor(s)
  3. Attend the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Awards Luncheon in April
  4. Attend University of Utah Health's Scholarship Awards Luncheon, if invited. This event usually takes place during the month of September in the evening. 

Financial Need

Financial Need will be determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Seventeen of the scholarships are needs-based and can only be awarded to students that are FAFSA certified. Please use the following link to complete your FAFSA application. 

FAFSA website

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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.

    ALTA ENDOWED 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.) 

    DR. ANTHONY AND MYRTLE SIMONE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

    The Dr. Anthony and Myrtle Simone Endowed Scholarship Fund is given to a graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with a preference for students pursuing a doctoral degree. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and must have had experience in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure through full time work, seasonal or part time work, fieldwork or internships, or volunteer work. The awardee should possess the characteristics of warmth, kindness and effective interpersonal skills so exemplified by Dr. and Mrs. Simone. There is no GPA minimum requirement for this scholarship.

    About the Award

    The scholarship was established in 1993 by Dr. Anthony Simone and Myrtle Simone. Anthony’s many years as a valued member of the faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation gave him first-hand knowledge of the needs of university students.

    DR. GARY D. ELLIS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

    The Dr. Gary D. Ellis Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The scholarship is intended to help defray the costs involved in collecting data for thesis or dissertation research. Applicants should be planning their thesis or dissertation for the next academic year.

    The application should include a one-page abstract of proposed research with line item budget of data collection expenses. Recipients of this scholarship will be reimbursed for expenses related to data collection.

    About the Award

    The scholarship was established in 1994 by Dr. Gary D. Ellis, Professor Emeritus and previous Chair of Parks, Recreation and Tourism from 1996 to 2005, in support of graduate students working to complete their thesis or dissertation. As a teacher, educator and mentor, Gary influenced for good the lives of many.

    OUTSTANDING DOCTORAL CANDIDATE AWARD

    The Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism to a PhD candidate. The recipient will demonstrate exceptional contributions in the areas of scholarship (evidence of ongoing scholarship of discovery, integration, or application as demonstrated through published papers, quality contributions to research projects within the department, presentations at professional conferences and meetings); teaching (accepts and performs teaching duties and receives good teaching evaluations from students and peers); service (active leadership in departmental, college, university, and professional); and departmental engagement and collegiality (when called upon, the student assumes a leadership role; student is recognized for being collegial and a team player). Nominations are accepted through faculty nominations.

    About the Award

    This award is given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

    OUTSTANDING MASTER’S STUDENT AWARD

    The Outstanding Master’s Student Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism to a master’s student. The award recognizes a master’s student who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with outstanding merit in thesis or project and/or excellence in field work or practicum placement; demonstrates a contribution 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; demonstrates contribution to the larger university community through leadership in committees or activities of the College of Health or sponsored by the University; and demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the department, university and larger community. Applicants must be fully matriculated, and should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 20 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. Nominations are accepted through faculty nominations.

    About the Award

    This award is given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

    REBECCA E. BARRY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

    The Rebecca E. Barry Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a deserving PhD student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The recipient will have a record of academic performance and service, have the respect of his or her professors, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has a strong aptitude for and interest in environmental interpretation. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    About the Award

    Dr. Rebecca E. Barry earned her doctorate from the University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in 2000. Dr. Barry is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She teaches the history of wilderness, environmental interpretation, history and philosophy of leisure, and research and evaluation. Her research has focused on outdoor recreation visitor management: specifically, getting people to clean up after their dogs. She speaks Russian and French.

    J. GORDON AND BETTY M. BROWNING SCHOLARSHIP

    The J. Gordon and Betty M. Browning Scholarship annually recognizes one outstanding incoming graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The recipient will have excelled academically and be in financial need. This award is used to assist those entering the program in their first year through their letter of offer.

    About the Award

    The scholarship was established in 2003 in the names of J. Gordon and Elizabeth (Betty) M. Browning to support graduate students in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. In recognition of their involvement with the University of Utah, the University Hospital dedicated the Browning Plaza and Auditorium to the Brownings in 1982.

    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 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, 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 of Parks, Recreation and Tourism 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 the Parks, Recreation and Tourism major.

    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 Outdoor Recreation Studies in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 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.

    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 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 Goodro family are so well known, 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.

    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.

    LAURIE ALLRED CHRISTIANSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

    The Laurie Allred Christianson Endowed Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism 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 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 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, a minimum of 20 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, be enrolled 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.

    OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

    The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism to an undergraduate student in their final year of study. The recipient will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement as well as outstanding leadership and service to the department, university and larger community. The awardee should be a declared PRT major; have demonstrated contributions to Parks, Recreation and Tourism through involvement in Student Advisory Council (SAC), Recreation and Parks Society (RAPS) leadership and or PRT 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.

    SUSAN S. CHRISTIANSEN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

    The Susan S. Christiansen Endowed Scholarship awards an outstanding undergraduate female student (junior) in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 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. 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.

    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.

    Help and Assistance

    With questions, comments, or to report a technical bug, please send an email to Michelle Franchina (michelle.franchina@health.utah.edu). Please include your name, your UNID, and a thorough description of your question and/or issue.

    For more information about the scholarships offered by Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation please contact:

    • Kelly Bricker, PhD
    • Department Chair
    • 801-585-6503
    • Dan Dustin, PhD
    • Professor
    • 801-585-7560
    • Eric Gardner
    • Undergraduate Academic Advisor
    • 801-585-0832