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Mar
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11:59 pm Presenters Deadline
Presenters Deadline
Mar 1 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm
Presenters Deadline
The conference committee is working hard on session framework to address current topics and opportunities at our MTRPA 2020 Conference. Learn more and submit your presentation today!
Mar
13
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11:59 pm Scholarship Deadline
Scholarship Deadline
Mar 13 @ 11:59 pm
Scholarship Deadline
The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association annually awards the Dr. Steve McCool and Dr. Joel Meier Academic Scholarship to a Montana college student at an accredited University or College with a declared major in[...]
Apr
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all-day MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day
MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
MTRPA CONFERENCE 2020 Roaring 2020s: Planting our Planet with Inclusive Communities through Parks and Recreation April 19 – 22 Copper King Hotel & Convention Center Butte, MT Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation is excited to host[...]

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Scholarships

MTRPA Academic Scholarship

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association annually awards the Dr. Steve McCool and Dr. Joel Meier Academic Scholarship to a Montana college student at an accredited University or College with a declared major in Recreation, Park, Resource or related field.

Dr. Steve McCool Scholarship – $250.00

This scholarship was established in Sept. 2000, in recognition of Dr. McCool’s commitment to students in the field of parks and recreation.  Dr. McCool is a lifetime MTRPA member and a former professor of Wildland Recreation Management at the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation.    This scholarship is available to a Montana college student pursuing a degree in Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management.

Dr. Joel Meier Scholarship – $250.00

This scholarship was established in Sept. 2000, in recognition of Dr. Meier’s commitment to students in the field of parks and recreation.  Dr. Joel Meier is a lifetime member of MTRPA and served at the University of Montana as Associate Dean of the College of Forestry and conservation, professor, and coordinator of the Recreation Management Program.  This scholarship is available to any Montana youth pursuing continuing education in recreation or parks.

Criteria:
1. Montana College student with a declared major in Recreation or Park Management.
2. Currently attending a Montana College or University.
3. Demonstrated interest in the Parks and Recreation Profession through attendance at the annual conference or participating MTRPA.

Basis of need:
– Achievements (academic or personal)
– Professional Association participation
– Extra-curricular activities
– Community volunteer service
– Financial need

How to apply:

Submit a copy of your resume, a transcript of completed college courses, and a one-page essay explaining why you are the best candidate for this scholarship, the importance of membership in a professional organization such as MTRPA and how being in MTRPA fits into your career goals.  Please send these to Assistant Professor Jennifer Thomsen at jennifer.thomsen@umontana.edu by March 13, 2020.