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MRPF Student Scholarship

Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation Student Scholarship Program is made possible through the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundationi scholarship partner program.  The MRPF scholarship program has been created to promote and enable excellence in the field of park and recreation by providing financial assistance to juinors, seniors and gradaute students who are majoring in a Minnesota four-year curriculum with a park and recreation emphasis, or are permanent residents of Minnesota majoring in a neighboring state in the same degree.  Applicants must also display exellence in their ablities, leadership qualities, job experience and commitment to the park and recreation field.  The scholarship program includes up to five $1,000 scholarships with up to one designanted for graduate students and the remainder for undergraduates.  These scholarships are not intended for professionals and students may only receive this scholarship once.  

Eligibility: must be a junior, senior or graduate student; must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 overall and 3.0 major; must be enrolled in a program with a parks and recreation empahsis. 

Full application information and to apply can be found here: 

Completed scholarship applications must be submitted by Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Southern MN Recreation & Park Association Student Scholarship

The SMRPA Scholarship was established to recognize those students pursuing a degree in the field of Recreation, Parks and/or leisure studies at Minnesota State University - Mankato or Winona State University.  One or more scholarships, equaling $1,000 each, will be distributed each academic year, following the recommendation by the Review Committee. 

Applicants must: be enrolled as a full time student at either Minnesota State University - Mankato or Winona State University; be delcared a Recreation, Parks and/or Leisure studies Major with either Junior or Senior standing; demonstrate a minimum GPA of 2.50, within the major; have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits of course work with the RPLS, RTTR or similar prefix; documented evidence of work of volunteering in recreation or related field and/or within your University department (reference on application with contact information acceptable); personal essay, 400-500 words stating your future goals in the profession and how your experiences to date have shaped you to achieve those goals.  

Appilcants will be weighted based on work and volunteering, then essay, then GPA.  Application deadline is NOON, October 31, 2017.  The awards will be announced at the November meeting of SMRPA.  

Please submit all completed application materials to or City of St. Charles Attn: Rick Schaber 830 Whitewater Avenue St. Charles, MN 55972.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Mankato River Ramble - The River Ramble needs about 200 volunteers who help out in countless ways such as unloading trucks, checking people in, slicing pastries for hungry riders, at recyling stations, etc.  To browse all open volunteer shifts:  

YWCA Girls on the Run - contact or 507-345-4629.  Girls on the Run is a 10-12 week after school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  The season runs until December 2017.

Children's Museum of  Southern Minnesota - contact or 507-344-9108.  Current Volunteer Needs are Playwork Volunteer, Greeter, Outdoor Area, Special Project Volunteer, Special Events, Special Content Guest.  

Volunteer for Crew 52

In February 2018, all eyes will be on Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.  Be part of crew 52.  The time commitment is a minimum of three shifts.  Shifts range from 4-6 hours in length from January 27 - February 4, 2018.  For more information and to sign up:  

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)