Scholarships


SPRA is an affiliate of Illinois Park and Recreation Association. We offer opportunities for networking/socializing, educational workshops, resource materials/equipment,  scholarships, recognition opportunities, and professional development through board service and leadership.


Professional Scholarship
This Professional Scholarship is to be used for workshops, professional development schools and/or management schools. The scholarship will pay for registration fee, hotel, and transportations costs not to exceed $500. The award is good for one year from the date of acceptance. Elected SPRA board members are not eligible. To be eligible you must work full-time for an Illinois Park District or in the recreation field and must be willing to become a SPRA member if you are not already a member.

Professional Scholarship Form


IPRA Conference Student Scholarship:
The SPRA Scholarship and Workshop committee awards a scholarship for one student to attend the IPRA conference in Chicago. The scholarship is a $110 stipend that you can use for registration or other related conference expenses. To be eligible you must have worked for an Illinois Park District or recreation department. You must be or be willing to become a member of SPRA. You must be enrolled as a full-time student in a park and recreation curriculum at a college or university. A student may only receive the SPRA scholarship a total of two years.

Student Scholarship Form


For  specific questions about scholarships :
​Dean Hoskin
Westchester Park District
dhoskin@wpdparks.org
708-865-8200