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Scholarship Finder offers easy, one-stop access to University scholarships.  Students can find and apply for scholarships based on their major, interests,  background, grade point average and more.  Scholarship Finder makes it fast and easy to find and apply to scholarships.  Log in here:  Once signed in, complete a general application and the site will then give customized recommendations that match your academic records.

Joanne Ardolf Decker Scholarship - $1500

Dr. Joanne Ardolf Decker served MSU, Mankato and the RPLS Department for many eyars.  She was an extremely effective advocate for the therapeutic recreation profession and for the RPLS Department.  The RPLS Department offers this scholarship, honoring her work, to an outstanding junior or senior RPLS major in any emphasis area.  

Amount is $1,500    Deadline is Wednesday, Febuary 28, 2018  12:00 Noon

Applicants must submit a two to three page double-space narrative that demonstrates how they meet the requirements.  An unofficial transcript and resume must be included.  Applications are to be submitted to the Department office HCN213.

 College of Allied Health and Nursing  (AH&N) Interprofessional Workshop

Plan to Attend!  Thursday, March 28, 2018 from 10:00 am - noon Registration begisn at 9:30 am in the CSU Ballroom.  This is for seniors from all departments in AH&N including RPLS.  This is your opportunity to meet with seniors from across the campus to learn more about the different disciplines and practice working together to promote the health of indviduals and families.  During this hands-on workshop, you will work with other students to problem solve and create an interdisciplinary care plan for a "patient".  To register, please provide this information to the contact person Brooke Burk by Wed. March 21, 2108 - Name, Program/Discipline, Email.  

Rockey Mountain Outdoor Center Certification Workshops

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Buena Vista, CO offers many certification workshops such as ACA Stand Up Paddle Instructor, ACA Kayak Insturctor, Colorado River Outfitter licensed raft guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Aiare Avalance education, Wilderness First Aid & Remote Care along with Internships and Basic First Aid and CPR & AED training.  For more information 

Volunteer Opportunities

MN DNR - MinnAqua Fly-Fishing Mentor.  Provide personalized fly-fishing instructin and guidance to novice youth and adult fly fishers at the Youth:Adult:Mentor Beginners Fly Fishing Weekend or other DNR programs.  April 27 - 29, 2018.  Contact Deb Groebner at 507-359-6049 or

Mankato Area Public Schools - There is a significant need for playground supervisors.  Shift typically start around 11 and end at 12;45.  This is a paid position. Contact

YMCA STRIDE - We are recruiting both PAID and UNPAID (volunteer) Coaches for our teams!  Students can obtain between 2-10 hours of volunteer work a week.  Our program runs twice weekly on either M/W or T/TH with 10 different sites around town.  New this season - STRIDE has partnered with the Mankato Chapter Miracle League to create an inclusive environment for boys of all abilities.  This group is mainly focusing on working with middle school boys from the Minnesota Autism Center and will be branching out to future seasons to other populations and ablities.  

MRCI Workforce - Whether you enjoy music, arts, wellness or any recreational activity, we'd love to have you!  No special experience needed.  Contact

Conference Opportunities

Bike+Walk Minnesota Conference - April 29 - May 1, 2018, Rochester, MN.  More information can be found:

Wild, Scenic and Beyond! - October 22-25, 2018, Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center, Vancouver WA.  More information and to register can be found here:

Student Outdoor Educators' Conference - March 23 -25, 2018, Northland College, northern Wisconsin.  More information and registration can be found here:

National Outdoor Recreation Converence - April 23-26, 2018, Burlington, VT.  More information and registration can be found here:  

AORE WEA Joint National Conference - October 24-26, 2018, Snowbird Utah.  More information can be found here:

Why get an internship before applying for your first "Big Kid" job?

Read the blog written by our own Dr. Kristi Montandon for the Career Development Center regarding why you should get an internship.  Check it out here: 

Minnesota Recreation and Park Association - Student MembershipMRPA

Student Membership Rate is $10.00 and apply to those that are full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursing a degree in recreation, leisure services, or related fields at any university, community college or vocational school. Members receive job postings and internship/volunteer announcements, they can connect with professional mentors, are invited to the annual conference with paid lunch, receive Member Connection, MRPA's quarterly newsletter, receive reduced rates for educational training, conferences and workshops, scholarship opportunities and many more fantastic membership benefits. Visit for more information or call 763-571-1305 x100.

Rethinking The Role Of A Conservation Officer

The DNR's Ken Soring wants officers making big-picture decisions and recruits with passion for natural resources. The article featured in the StarTribune by Dennis Anderson indicates that the DNR will hire people with a background in resource management and then pay for them to attend Law Enforcement school. See the article here:

MTRA MembershipMTRA logo

Students are encouraged to join the Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association (MTRA) for free. When you join the MTRA you are able to view recently posted TR jobs among many other benefits. To join please click on the following link:

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

In the May 2013 edition of Parks & Recreation was an article on Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Many public park and recreation professionals are unaware of this opportunity. The learn more about this please view the article.

[PDF] Public Service Loan Forgiveness (5 MiB)