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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 being undertaken by that student that is not simply a class project.

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.

Chicago Knight Life Charities Scholarship

The Chicago Knight Life Charities Scholarship is presented to three 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.

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.

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. Preference will be given to a student who has a concentration in parks and recreation management and who wants to pursue a career in parks and recreation in the state of Illinois.

Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship

The Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship will be presented to an undergraduate student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism who is in good standing and demonstrates need for financial assistance.

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 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.

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.

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.

Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship

The Mary and Duke Regnier Scholarship will be presented to a graduate student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism who is in good standing and demonstrates financial need.

Send in your application

Applications will be accepted later this Fall.