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MRPA Scholarships

MRPA maintains a commitment to the excellence of the recreation and parks industry by providing alternative sources of income for educational opportunities. Take advantage of these scholarship opportunities and you may receive up to $500 in scholarship money! It is well worth the time to complete the very simple application.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are submitted.  The review process can take up to 4 weeks.  Please complete your application well in advance.

Kay Valeson Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing Kay Valeson's love of the profession and encouragement of continuing education, this scholarship funds attendance at the National Recreation and Park Association National Conference (or closely related national conference). Preference is given to first-time attendees. Recipients are encouraged to share information gained from the conference with MRPA members.


William L. Montgomery Memorial Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of William Montgomery's professional contributions and leadership in the development of MRPA. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in leisure services or a closely related field and have satisfactorily completed at least six (6) credits.


Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship for undergraduate work provides financial assistance to students pursuing a major in recreation and parks, leisure studies or another closely related field. Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and have completed at least one year of study.


Rubini Continuing Education Scholarship

Named in memory of the professional contributions of Frank Rubini, this scholarship can be applied toward any type of training or continuing education program that supports the professional development of the applicant. Examples include, but are not limited to: local or regional conference attendance, management schools, or one-day professional development workshops.


Laura T. Wetherald Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Laura T. Wetherald.  This scholarship honors her professional contributions and leadership in the Recreation and Park industry and MRPA.  This scholarship is dedicated to helping participants advance to the next level by becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).


  • All applicants must be MRPA members and must live, work or be active volunteers in Maryland.
  • Priority is given to applicants who have not received a previous scholarship and/or grant.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: MRPA involvement, contributions to the profession, transcripts, financial resources, individual merit, and/or personal interview.
  • Proof of attendance for the course or workshop is required. For academic scholarships, the participant must provide a copy of the final course grades, which must be a "B" or higher, before the scholarship can be reimbursed.

MRPA is grateful for any donations received!  Donations will directly benefit the members and the association.  To submit a donation, please see the below information.  A donation letter will be given for all donations.

Donate by check:

Make checks out to the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA)

On the memo line, add the specific scholarship you would like to donate to donate to.  If left blank, it will be added to the general scholarship fund. 

Mail to: 4101 Crain Highway, Suite 201, Bowie, MD 20716

Donate by online payment:

Send an email to with the amount you would like to donate and what scholarship fund you would like to donate to.

Contact Us

Amanda DeFilippo
Montgomery County Recreation

Veronica Burke
M-NCPPC – Prince George’s Co.

Travis Davey
Town of Ocean City
410-520-5168 (office)

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