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Wanted: NIRSA Professionals seeking additional professional development opportunities

Apply now for a NIRSA Foundation scholarship

Regardless of where you are in your professional life, the NIRSA Foundation Professional Scholarship Program can help you further your career by providing financial assistance to attend various NIRSA educational programs.

This financial assistance is made possible through the Will Holsberry and Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowments. These endowments continue to grow from the past and ongoing generosity of the many NIRSA Members through the annual giving campaign.

If you are the typical multi-tasking Professional Member of NIRSA whose mind and energy are focused on no less than a thousand things at once, you may think you are too busy to plan for your own professional development. So let us help you jump-start that opportunity!

Three scholarships available

The following three scholarships are available. Apply online by January 15.

  • Will Holsberry Endowed Scholarships (2)
    The Will Holsberry Endowment was established in 1997 in recognition of Will Holsberry's 24-year service to the Association. As the third Executive Director of NIRSA, the Association experienced tremendous growth under his direction. Will's vision, dedication, persistence, and especially his commitment to NIRSA are the elements that made him such an outstanding advocate for educating professionals within recreational sports. The Will Holsberry Endowment provides a Professional Member of NIRSA the opportunity to attend one of the following:
    • 2008 School of Recreational Sports Management Level II
    • 2008 National Recreation Facilities Institute
    • 2008 National Intramural Symposium
    • 2008 National Marketing Institute
    • 2008 Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition
    • Any other NIRSA national institute or symposium offered through March 31, 2009
  • Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowed Scholarship (1)
    In 2005, Christopher Chivetta established the Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowment in honor of the works and passions of his father, Tony Chivetta. As a distinguished architect for over 45 years, he has completed some of the nation's most unique and creative recreation, fitness and wellness centers on collegiate campuses. The Anthony (Tony) J. Chivetta Endowment provides a Professional Member of NIRSA the opportunity to attend one of the following:
    • 2008 National Recreation Facilities Institute
    • 2008 Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition

General information

Professional scholarships cover the cost of registration fees and are awarded based on the applicant's financial need, service to the Association, involvement, and leadership. Educational awards are good from April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009. Questions concerning scholarship applications may be directed to Monica Nelson at the NIRSA National Center, 541-766-8211, or NIRSA Foundation Board Members Loretta Capra, Mark Fletcher, or Suzette Smith.

Application deadline and notification
All scholarship applicants must complete and submit their application electronically by Tuesday, January 15, 2008. Applicants will be notified of the success of their application by early February.

Scholarship eligibility

  • Current NIRSA membership is required for scholarship application.
  • Applications must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Applicant is limited to one NIRSA Foundation scholarship during the calendar year.
  • Applicant is limited to receiving one NIRSA Foundation Scholarship per NIRSA Foundation Endowment category.
  • Applicant is limited to receiving no more than one NIRSA Foundation Scholarship/Award within three years.
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