Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration



Directors Recruiting a WIU Student

FALL SCHOLARSHIPS

Entering Student Scholarship (Mid September)
Criteria:
  • Must be a new student to Western Illinois University the semester that the award is made
  • Must have declared RPTA as his/her major
  • If the student is an incoming freshman, he/she should have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 22
  • If the student is a transfer he/she should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from their previous institution
  • Evidence of involvement in the field of recreation
  • Evidence of involvement in departmental, college, and/or university-wide activities and organizations
Application: Apply Here (Applications due by September 15)

Award: $250

Richard S. Westgate Professional Service Award (Early September)
Criteria:
  • RPTA Undergraduate
  • 2.5 Overall GPA
  • 3.0 Major GPA
  • Senior standing with at least two full semesters completed at WIU
  • Evidence of professional involvement in department, college, and/or university-wide activities and organizations
Application: The RPTA Department contacts students who are eligible and provides them with application instructions

Award: $500

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award (Early September)
Criteria:
  • RPTA Department Nominates one student to compete at the college level
  • Must be a senior graduating the following May or Summer
  • Should have very high GPA and many involvements. Honors program helps!
  • The award is to honor overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Application: The RPTA Department contacts the student who is nominated and provides them with application instructions

Award: Varies

Department Scholar (Mid September)
Criteria:
  • Must have approved graduation application on file in Registrar’s office for December graduation
  • Must have completed 30 hours of coursework from WIU not counting current term
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher for all WIU work
Application: The RPTA Department selects the recipient based on eligibility

Award: Recognition

College Scholar | Cecile A. Christison Sterrett Award (Mid September)
Criteria:
  • RPTA Department nominates an RPTA student
  • Must have approved graduation application on file in Registrar’s office for December graduation
  • Must have completed 30 hours of coursework from WIU not counting current term
  • Must have cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher
  • Student must complete Student Information Sheet and obtain two letters of reference from faculty
Application: The RPTA Department contacts the student who is nominated and provides them with application instructions

Award: Varies

RPTA Student Travel Award (Mid September)
Criteria:
  • Must be an RPTA undergraduate/graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.5
  • Must be traveling to a conference at which the student is presenting at or is significantly involved in the organization of the event
Application: Apply Here (Applications due by September 15)

Award: $250

Rezab Spring Internship Recognition Award
Criteria:
  • Must be completing an internship during Spring Semester
  • One award given to RPTA student for spring internship
Application: Deadline for application Dec. 1. Contact intern coordinator

Award: $500

SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS

Entering Student Scholarship (Mid February)
Criteria:
  • Must be a new student to Western Illinois University the semester that the award is made
  • Must have declared RPTA as his/her major
  • If the student is an incoming freshman, he/she should have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 22
  • If the student is a transfer he/she should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from their previous institution
  • Evidence of involvement in the field of recreation
  • Evidence of involvement in departmental, college, and/or university-wide activities and organizations
Application: Apply Here (Applications due by February 15)

Award: $250

Department Scholar (Early February)
Criteria:
  • Must have approved graduation application on file in Registrar’s office for December graduation
  • Must have completed 30 hours of coursework from WIU not counting current term
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher for all WIU work
Application: The RPTA Department selects the recipient based on eligibility

Award: Recognition

College Scholar | Cecile A. Christison Sterrett Award (Early February)
Criteria:
  • RPTA Department nominates an RPTA student
  • Must have approved graduation application on file in Registrar’s office for December graduation
  • Must have completed 30 hours of coursework from WIU not counting current term
  • Must have cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher
  • Student must complete Student Information Sheet and obtain two letters of reference from faculty
Application: The RPTA Department contacts the student who is nominated and provides them with application instructions

Award: Varies

RPTA Student Travel Award (Mid February)
Criteria:
  • Must be an RPTA undergraduate/graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.5
  • Must be traveling to a conference at which the student is presenting at or is significantly involved in the organization of the event
Application: Apply Here (Applications due by February 21)

Award: $250

Frank D. Lupton Outdoor Recreation Consortium Scholarship
Application: Contact the Consortium Advisor. Deadline for application Feb. 1

Award: $250

ECOEE (Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition) Scholarship
Criteria:
  • Must be an RPTA major
  • Must show evidence of leadership
  • Evidence of involvement in extra-curricular activities in RPTA, COEHS, the University or professional organizations
  • A minimum of 2 semesters at WIU with a minimum of 30 hours earned by the end of the spring semester prior to ECOEE enrollment
  • Financial need will be a determining factor in the final selection
Application: Contact the ECOEE Coordinator to apply

Award: Amount of award varies based upon available funds. Past awards have ranged from $200 to $1,000

Anita Magafas Non-traditional Student Award (mid February)
Criteria:
  • Deadline for applications (Friday before spring break). Presented at the PDC Awards.
  • RPTA major
  • Nontraditional student 25 years or older, who has worked/is working full-time job or who is a parent working part-time/studying part-time
  • Senior standing with at least one semester completed at WIU
  • Financial need will be a determining factor in the final selection
Application: The RPTA Department will contact eligible students with instructions regarding how to apply

Award: $100

Rezab Summer or Fall Internship Recognition Award
Criteria:
  • Must be completing an internship during Summer or Fall Semester
  • One award given to RPTA student for summer or fall internship
Application: Deadline for application May 1. Contact intern coordinator

Award: $500

Professional Development Conference Awards
PDC Awards:
  • Developing Scholar = Plaque
  • Arthur F. Clayton Award = $250
  • Outstanding Senior Award = Plaque
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award = Plaque
  • Distinguished Alumni Award = Plaque
  • Distinguished Service Award = Plaque
Application: Recipients are chosen by the RPTA Department
Julie Clayton Hospitality Majors Scholarship Application Form
Criteria:
  • Be a junior, senior or fifth year student majoring in Hospitality at Western Illinois University.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in Hospitality.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above.
  • Be a full time student during the scholarship period.
To be eligible, transfer students must:
  • Have completed at least 9 of the required 12 semester hours at Western Illinois University.
  • Have attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above at Western Illinois University.
  • Be a junior, senior, or fifth year student.
  • Be a full time student during the scholarship period.
In addition to completing the application form, the student must submit to the Department Chairperson:
  • Educational history to include transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from
  1. Hospitality faculty person addressing leadership within the Department and university community.
  2. An employer and/or community organization sponsor addressing evidence of service within the employment or civic community.
  3. Another individual addressing evidence of service and leadership. The final selection of the recipient for the JULIE CLAYTON HOSPITALITY MAJORS SCHOLARSHIP will be determined by the Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Department Scholarship Committee. This scholarship is to be awarded annually and may be renewed for the length of continuous enrollment. To receive annual renewal, the student must continue to demonstrate leadership, scholarship, and service as a full time Hospitality major at Western Illinois University, maintain a 2.8 or better cumulative grade point average, and comply with application and documentation requirements.
Application: Apply Here (Applications due by March 1)