October 2015
Foundation of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society
Help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society!
Members of the Foundation are very proud of the Scholarship Program that has awarded close to $150,000 in scholarships and assisted local students and professionals with their education including the 2015 VRPS Annual Conference. You can contribute to the Foundation three ways.

We will be recruiting new and returning members at our "FOUNDATION FRENZY" campaign during the 2015 VRPS Annual Conference. We need your help to achieve our goal of recruiting 30 new members! Please consider volunteering in our efforts by SIGNING UP and selecting one or more volunteer shifts.

Join us at the Exhibit Hall Adventure on Monday, November 9, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the Foundation Frenzy table and visit with other members. All new and continuing Foundation members will be eligible to spin our fabulous PRIZE WHEEL! You can also support the Foundation by bidding on items at the Silent Auction. 50% of all funds raised will go to supporting Foundation scholarships.

In addition to your membership, please support the Education Endowment Fund. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 in the interest of funding continuing education for parks and recreation professionals. Public funds for staff training are difficult to obtain. The Education Endowment will help talented, hardworking parks and recreation professionals stay current with continuing education.

With tremendous thanks,

The Foundation of VRPS Membership Committee:

Annual Conference Scholarship Recipients
Annual Conference Logo
The Annual 2015 VRPS Conference will be held November 7-10, 2015 in Virginia Beach. Through the diligent fundraising efforts of the Service Areas, Resource Groups, and Foundation, we were able to fund 41 full and partial scholarships to attend the conference.

Please help us in congratulating our student and professional scholarship recipients!

Tresa WalkoRadford UniversityBrianne BagliniCity of Fairfax
Kayla MonticueRadford UniversityBrittany BooneCity of Suffolk
Lasheena HardenOld Dominion UniversityJustin BullockFredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Public Facilities
Rebecca LackeyOld Dominion University
Patricia CopelandChesapeake Juvenile Services
Gabrielle HudsonOld Dominion University
Gina CraigDanville Parks and Recreation
Lawrence LaPellOld Dominion University
Cindy Jo DanielHenrico County Recreation and Parks
Philip KuenzerOld Dominion University
Teresa FunkhouserShenandoah County Parks and Recreation
Katelynn SparksOld Dominion University
Kristen HamillCity of Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Michelle WhiteheadOld Dominion University
Amy-Jo HendrixTown of Vienna
Tishauna BrevardOld Dominion University
Karen HibbardDanville Parks and Recreation
Anna WeishaarOld Dominion University
Jered HooverShenandoah County Parks and Recreation
Elizabeth RodriguezOld Dominion University
Dianna JohnsonTown of Elkton
Taylor McIntoshVirginia Wesleyan CollegeJoy JohnsonJames City County Parks & Recreation
Hannah ParentVirginia Wesleyan College
Deborah KennedyGrayson County Parks and Recreation
Tenley ScottVirginia Wesleyan College
Abby KimbleHerndon Parks and Recreation
Jessica KronbergGoochland County Parks, Recreation and Facilities
Rebekah ReynoldsGoochland County Parks, Recreation & Facilities
Karen LussierCity of FairfaxBrandi RhinehartShenandoah County Parks and Recreation
Nicole MarkoFairfax County Park AuthorityBen StineShenandoah County Parks and Recreation
Rita MillerVirginia Department of HealthMichelle SwalinGoochland County Parks, Recreation & Facilities
Allison MorrisElkton Area Community Center
Margaret ThorneCity of Portsmouth
Tim MoubrayCounty of Orange
2016 Jesse A. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship
Jesse A. Reynolds
Jesse A. Reynolds was a parks and recreation director for the City of Richmond.  He was instrumental in establishing professional parks and recreation "registration," which was the predecessor to Virginia's CPRP program. Upon his passing, Jesse's family, including son Ron Reynolds, a former director in Campbell County and a former VRPS Foundation Board member, established this scholarship in his name.

Designed to assist professionals currently employed in leisure services (preferably public recreation), this $1000 scholarship is awarded to assist in graduate level education, either on a part-time or full-time basis.

For information on the scholarship and the 2014 winner, Rebecca Flaherty, click HERE.


For more information and to apply, click HERE.  Deadline is Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.


Scholarship preference will be given to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through membership in VRPS and the Foundation of VRPS.