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Recreation, Sport & Tourism

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Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism present numerous opportunities for the academic and service accomplishments of our students to be recognized through financial scholarships and awards.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Allen V. Sapora Research Award (for Undergraduate Research)

The Allen V. Sapora Research Award (for Undergraduate Research) is awarded to an undergraduate student in the department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism to support original research in the leisure field being undertaken by that student that is not simply a class project. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Charles K. Brightbill Memorial Scholarship

The Charles K. Brightbill Memorial Scholarship is the highest award given to an undergraduate student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. It is awarded to an RST major who has demonstrated outstanding academic merit. One award of $1,500 will be presented to the recipient.

Chicago Knight Life Charities Scholarship

The Chicago Knight Life Charities Scholarship is presented to two undergraduate students majoring in Recreation, Sport and Tourism who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, entrepreneurial drive and spirit, RST community involvement, and potential as a future RST professional.  Two awards of $750 each will be presented.

George and Mary Lowrey Scholarship

The George and Mary Lowrey Scholarship is awarded to three undergraduate students in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, service and merit. Outstanding scholarship is determined by the overall GPA & demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to classroom participation and projects. Service can include active involvement with student associations or involvement with national, state, or campus associations and activities engaged in the delivery of leisure services. Merit implies that this award is presented to a student who has demonstrated strong moral and ethical behavior. Three awards of $1,500 each will be presented to one student from each of the three Concentration Areas (Recreation, Sport and Tourism).

John Bruce Capel Scholarship

The John Bruce Capel Scholarship is presented to a sophomore or junior in Recreation, Sport and Tourism who has demonstrated outstanding ability and potential. Capel graduated in 1966 from the Department of Leisure Studies and was killed in Vietnam on May 2, 1996. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

Margaret K. and Edward W. Harvey Scholarship in Parks and Recreation

The Margaret K. and Edward W. Harvey Scholarship in Parks and Recreation is awarded to two undergraduate students in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism who have been residents of the State of Illinois for at least one year prior to his/her selection. Recipients shall submit a statement on how their work could impact the State of Illinois after graduation. Two awards of $1,500 each will be presented.

Triple S Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Sarah B. Nemeth to honor her three favorite professors (Dr. Kimberly Shinew, Dr. William Stewart, and Dr. Monika Stodolska, whose last names all start with "S") in the Department of Recreation in the College of Applied Health Sciences. This scholarship will be awarded to one senior pursuing a concentration in Recreation and will be selected on the basis of financial need and merit, which may be evidenced by outstanding ability, potential, and commitment to the field of recreation. One award of $1,000 will be presented to the recipient.

 

 

Graduate Student Awards

Allen V. Sapora Research Award (for Graduate Student Research)

The Allen V. Sapora Research Award (for Graduate Student Research) will be awarded to one masters student and one PHD student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism to support original research in the leisure field not undertaken as a class project. This does not have to be dissertation/thesis research; it can be any research project for which the student has a leadership role. An award of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.

Charles K. Brightbill Memorial Scholarship

The Charles K. Brightbill Memorial Scholarship is the highest award given to a graduate student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. It is awarded to a Recreation, Sport and Tourism graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic merit. An award of $1,500 will be presented to the recipient.

Christine Ziebarth Howe Graduate Student Award

The Christine Ziebarth Howe Graduate Student Award is awarded to recognize a doctoral student who demonstrates academic excellence. Financial need or “extenuating circumstances” may also be considered as criteria for selecting the award recipient. One award of $1,000 will be presented.

Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship

The Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship will be presented to one outstanding online masters student and one outstanding on-campus graduate student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are in good standing and can demonstrate need for financial assistance. An award of $1,000 each will be presented to the recipients.