Recreation, Park & 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