The IPRF Scholarship Program

 This program was established and made as part of the IPRA community to meet our vision of investing today for tomorrow’s leaders.  The Foundation is committed to promoting and supporting the resources necessary to establish a well-funded and promoted campaign through various activities, fund raising and awareness, to the importance of creating a sustainable model of providing continuing education and professional opportunity to all interested members of IPRA. In turn the goal is to provide the opportunity to earn and possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and aptitude to be involved in the association and encourage career paths for future leaders in the Illinois Park & Recreation Industry. Please sign in to your membership account to complete the scholarship application. 



Professional Scholarship Application  

Student Scholarship Application

IPRF Scholarship Handbook




Attending the IPRA conference this year was an amazing experience. I received a lot of beneficial advice from current professionals in the field about how to successfully run a recreation center. It was inspirational seeing how much each professional truly loved their job and the work that they do for their community.” - Schafaris Turner, University of Illinois-Champaign  

“This was the first time I attended the conference and I really enjoyed myself. I was able to sit with the DeKalb Park District Superintendent and network. I attended some informative workshops. My favorite was the Sports Concussion workshop. I currently work with children, and the information that I learned will be used. On Friday night, I was honored to receive the scholarship. I will be attending the conference again next year.” -Robert Quinones, Chicago State University 

Below is the scholarship application schedule. The IPRF Review Committee accepts, reviews, and awards applications on a continuous schedule. Applicants should pay close attention to the schedule below and make sure their completed application is submitted within the corresponding timeframe.

*The Award deadline must be prior to the educational session in which a scholarship is being requested.  No post educational scholarships will be awarded.