CFPR Professional Development Scholarships

CFPR Scholarships

NEW this year... Professional Development Scholarships!

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Application deadline: 
September 30, 2021

Award notifications sent:  
October 2021

Scholarship Award Recognition:  
March 11, 2022
Sacramento, CA

Who is eligible?

Any CPRS professional who wishes to further their career!

Recipient Expectations

Each recipient will be asked to submit an article for California Parks & Recreation magazine outlining the training opportunity they attend and the skills they learned and/or commit to assisting with future scholarship fundraising activities.  

Evaluation Criteria

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on these overall criteria:

  • Experience in the field
  • Leadership and impact in the profession
  • Professional reference(s)
  • Demonstrated use of scholarship funds towards educational opportunities and/or trainings

General Guidelines

  • CPRS membership must be active at the time of award notification.
  • Scholarship funds must be used towards educational opportunities and/or trainings related to the park and recreation industry.  This may include but is not limited to conferences, workshops, trainings, certifications or related travel expenses.
  • Graduate candidates must have completed at least 9 units and have a GPA of 3.0 overall and in the major.
  • Only completed applications including at least one (1) letter of recommendation will be eligible for review.
  • Scholarship recipient(s) will be eligible for future professional development scholarships every three (3) years. 

Final Decisions

The Scholarship Committee is comprised of professionals and educators from Northern and Southern California, a representative from the California Park & Recreation Society Board of Directors, and the Executive Director of California Park & Recreation Society.


For general Scholarship Program questions, please contact our CFPR Scholarship Chair:  Justin Schmillen

For websitesubmission form questions or technical assistance, please contact CPRS HQ:  Stephanie Stephens, 916-665-2777