As a result of the current pandemic, the APRF scholarship and grant programs have been temporarily suspended. The funding for the grants and scholarships largely come from our ability to fundraise throughout the year. Unfortunately, many of these opportunities have been cancelled, which negatively affects our available funds. Thank you for your interest in the APRF scholarship and grants programs. Please check back later for updates.

APRF / APRA Grants and Scholarship Program

The Arizona Parks & Recreation Fellowship and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association recently updated their scholarship and certification assistance program for 2020.

  • Michael A. Ramnes Professional Scholarships to attend the NRPA Conference or an NRPA Management School ($750)
  • Dave Bang Associates Professional Scholarship to attend a non-NRPA related conference or educational opportunity ($500 in-state or $750 out-of-state)
  • College Scholarships for full-time students enrolled in parks & recreation or other appropriate leisure degree programs ($500)
  • College Scholarships for full-time working professionals who are enrolled in parks & recreation or other appropriate leisure degree programs ($500) 
  • Professional Certification reimbursement grant for professionals to assist with the cost of course or certification test ($150)

  • Innovative Program Grant
    • Awarded to member agencies interested in developing new programs, activities or events not funded by their agency (up to $2,500)
  • Organizational Development Grant

    • Awarded to member agencies interested in developing agency wide initiatives, community outreach, or those working toward financial sustainability in the face of escalating operating costs (up to $2,500)

Applications are posted below.

Review dates for all scholarships and certifications:

  • Applications submitted January – May; review begins June 1
  • Applications submitted June – August; review begins September 1
  • Applications submitted September – December; review begins January 1

    Applicants will be notified by the end of the month following each review date. There is limited scholarship funding available. Once the funding threshold has been met, no additional scholarships will be awarded for that year.

    If you have any questions regarding the APRF Scholarship program, contact the Scholarship Committee Chair at scholarships@aprf.org.


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