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Professional Development Scholarships

Each year, the North Carolina Recreation & Parks Scholarship Foundation provides several grants for the training of recreation leadership in public education, research and professional development in an effort to advance and enhance the parks, recreation and leisure services profession. Professional education is intended to include symposia, conferences, continuing education courses and other training opportunities. Applications typically open by mid-February and must be submitted by midnight on April 1st.


Professional Development Grant

  • Grants are available for individual professionals to attend accredited professional parks and recreation schools, symposiums, conferences and other training opportunities that offer Continuing Education Units such as schools offered by the National Recreation and Park Association and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association.

  • Grants will be awarded by June 1 for use during the subsequent July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.

  • Grants are for one year only and recipients are ineligible for future grants for a five year period.

  • While all professional education/training opportunities are eligible for grants, consideration will be given in the following priority order: Specialized national and regional institutes, schools and symposiums, NRPA sponsored national and regional conferences, and NCRPA sponsored conferences.

  • Grants shall not exceed $1000.00 each and shall be used to offset expenses related to registration, housing and transportation.


Jan Parker NRPA Conference Scholarship

The Jan Parker NRPA Conference Scholarship was established in 2014 to assist an outstanding NCRPA member with costs associated with attending the NRPA Conference.  Jan Parker served as NCRPA President in 2006. She was an advocate for professional development and always enjoyed the opportunity to attend the NRPA Conference.  This scholarship was established to honor her and her commitment to the parks and recreation profession.  This scholarship is funded by proceeds from the NCRPA Visa Debit Card in partnership with the Local Government Federal Credit Union.   The Scholarship provides $2000 to be used towards the expenses associated with attending the NRPA Annual Conference and may be used for in-person or virtual event.

New Professional NCRPA Conference Fellowship Application

The North Carolina Recreation & Park Association’s New Professional Fellowship Program enables an outstanding new professional to attend NCRPA's Annual Conference and to interact with and learn from some of the most influential state leaders within the Association. A Fellow receives complimentary registration to the annual conference, a stipend of up to $600 to cover lodging, travel, and meals; and a mentor is assigned to the new professional for the duration of the conference. 

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