June 2016
Foundation of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society
Foundation Frenzy Membership Drive a Success
In 2015, the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society celebrated 30 years of serving the Commonwealth. Our goal was to add 30 new members as part of the Foundation Frenzy campaign. We are pleased to announce that we added 31 new members: 17 Bronze, 8 Silver, 3 Gold, 2 Century Club, and 1 Platinum. Thank you for your support!
2015 & 2016 Scholarships Awarded So Far = $14,903
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Leadership Training Institute
Cole Scholarship
VRPS Annual Conference
The Foundation awarded $9,487.50 in scholarships for the 2015 Annual Conference. We helped 42 people attend through 11 Foundation Professional Scholarships, 16 Service Area/Resource Group Scholarships, and 15 Student Scholarships.  
Leadership Training Institute 
Eight scholarships were awarded for the Leadership Training Institute totaling $2,650. This event took place April 24-26, 2016, at the Wintergreen Resort.

James K. Cole Scholarship
Takeyra Collins, CTRS, a doctoral student in the Human Movement Sciences Program at Old Dominion University was awarded the 2015 James K. Cole Scholarship. This was a $1500 award.


Additional awards include: 

  • Nine scholarships for the Senior Resource Group 2015 Fall Conference, totaling $202.50.
  • Four scholarships for the Eastern Service Area CPRP Boot Camp, totaling $63.75.
2016 Jesse A. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship
Justin Bullock
The Jesse A. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship was designed to assist professionals currently employed in leisure services (preferably public recreation) with graduate level education. It is a $1000 award.

The 2016 recipient is Justin Bullock, Sports and Fitness Supervisor at Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities. He is a graduate student at Liberty University majoring in public policy with a concentration in public administration.

Justin aspires to become the director of a municipal parks and recreation department. His graduate work has helped broaden his understanding of social issues and become a more effective leader. Please help us congratulate Justin on his continued success!
2016 Annual Conference
VRPS 2016 Annual Conference
Through a generous educational grant from Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, student VRPS membership will include complimentary student registration to the VRPS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of parks and recreation professionals in the Commonwealth.
  • Student registration includes all academic sessions plus the exhibit hall luncheon.
  • Student membership must be valid at time of conference registration and through month-end of the conference. 
  • Students must register for the Annual Conference by the end of the regular registration period or pay standard rates. Deadline is September 28, 2016.
Professional Conference Scholarships Available
The Foundation will be offering Eastern, Central, Northern, and Western Service Area, as well as Professional, scholarships that vary from $100 to 100% of the early registration rate. Applications must be received by COB on Wednesday, July 13. Applicants will be notified of their award status prior to the regular conference registration deadline.
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.
Looking Ahead
Senior Resource Group Fall Conference scholarship deadline is Sunday, August 7. The topic will be "Building Blocks for Active Older Adults." The application is available here:  http://datadsgn.formstack.com/forms/2016_srg_fall_workshop_scholarship 
The Foundation will be offering up to 31 scholarships, each worth 50% of the early registration rate.
The 2017 VRPS Management Conference Scholarship deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016. The application is available here:  http://datadsgn.formstack.com/forms/2017_management_conference_scholarship 
The Foundation will be offering both Professional and Northern Service Area Scholarships that vary from 50-100% of the early registration rate.