NIRSA Region I Contingency Fund

Each State Director will be responsible for approving up to $250.00 a year to be used for educational experiences that are occurring in their state.
Guidelines for Discretionary Fund Requests: 
  • All requests must be in accordance with NIRSA governing rules.
  • Funds must benefit an educational component of a workshop/event.
    • Examples include: Speaker fees, Materials (handbooks, books), etc.
    • Non-funded items include: apparel, awards, food, etc.
  • Funds must be request at least 45 days prior to event.
    • Committee meets once per month. Dates will be published on the NIRSA Region 1 Website.  
    • This allows committee to review and ask clarifying questions.
  • Requests will be submitted via the forms located HERE.
  • Requests must come from workshop/event chair with the approval from the state director. They can split the money for separate events.

NIRSA Region I Contingency Fund: Student Scholarship

Application Criteria & Procedures

NIRSA Region I offers support scholarships to our Regional membership on an annual basis. Regional Contingency funds are allocated to assist NIRSA Region I professional members to attend the NIRSA Annual or Regional Conference, symposiums, workshops or clinics. Applications will be found on the NIRSA Region I webpage and must be submitted by the set deadlines. Scholarship Awards are not guaranteed to be offered annually.

Minimum Qualifications for Student Applicants

  • Students Applicants must be a current Student Member of NIRSA at the time and awarding of the scholarship.
  • Student Applicants may either be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student or within 6 months from their date of graduation from a NIRSA Member Institution within Region I.
  • At the time of application, Student Applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA.
    1. Undergraduate Student Applicants – 2.50 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 on a 5.0 scale)
    2. Graduate Student Applicants – 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (3.75 on a 5.0 scale) 
      • First-semester graduate students who do not have a GPA will use undergraduate final GPA
    3. GPAs will be verified by the institution’s professional staff who can obtain that record 
  • Student Applicants are required to be employed, serve in a leadership role or be on an advisory board within a collegiate recreation program or department. Student applicants not employed, or holding a leadership role within a collegiate recreation program or department must be majoring in recreation, sports management, higher education or related degree program. 
  • Student applicants must submit the following by the posted deadline:
    1. Completed Student Scholarship Application, including the three essay questions
    2. Current Resume
    3. Letter of recommendation from a collegiate recreation professional or academic professor

Scholarship Committee

  • The Region I Scholarship Committee is comprised of six Professional Members within Region I.
  • The Region I Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Regional Representative from a pool of committee volunteers. One committee member will be appointed the chairperson.

Scholarship Awards:

  • The Region I scholarship will be comprised of two award cycles.
  • The first cycle will be awarded in September for attendance in fall NIRSA sponsored event such as the NIRSA Region I Conference, State Workshops, etc.
    • Awards for this cycle will be $250/recipient 
  • The second cycle will be awarded in February for assistance in attendance of any spring NIRSA sponsored events such as the NIRSA Annual Conference, School of Collegiate Recreation, NIRSA Symposiums, etc.
    • Award for this cycle will be $500/recipient
  • The total award amount will not exceed $7,500/year and will be dependent on the recommendation and allocation by the Region I Contingency Fund Committee.
  • If the total award amount allocated for the fall cycle is not met, the difference of the awarded amount from the allocated amount may be applied for awards to the Spring Cycle
  • Applicants are also eligible for the Region I Scholarship if awarded a NIRSA Foundation Scholarship, and may apply for both.
  • Consideration will be given to all applicants; particularly those that have not received previously received a Region I Scholarship.

Scholarship Dates and Deadlines

      • Fall Award Cycle
        • Publication of Application: August 12, 2019
        • Application Deadline: September 16, 2019
        • Review of Applications by Committee: Week of September 16, 2019
        • The decision of Awards: September 20, 2019
        • Announcement of Awards:  September 23, 2019
      • Spring Award Cycle
        • Publication of Award/Application: October 29, 2019
        • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
        • Review of Applications by Committee: Weeks of February 3 and February 10
        • The decision of Awards: February 14, 2020
        • Announcement of Awards:  February 19, 2020

To Apply:

NIRSA Region I Contingency Fund: Professional Scholarship

Application Criteria & Procedures

NIRSA Region I offers support scholarships to our Regional membership on an annual basis. Regional Contingency funds are allocated to assist NIRSA Region I professional members to attend the NIRSA Annual or Regional Conference, symposiums, workshops or clinics. Applications will be found on the NIRSA Region I webpage and must be submitted by the set deadlines. Scholarship Awards are not guaranteed to be offered annually.

Minimum Qualifications for professional applicants:

  • Active professional member of NIRSA.
  • Region I member for a minimum of two years.
  • Consideration will be given to all applicants and particularly to professionals with 5 years of experience or less.
  • Presently employed in a collegiate recreation setting or employed within 6 months of the time of application and residing in a Region I state.
  • Demonstrated service to Region I by presenting at conferences, serving on committees, and participating in the development of student members.
  • Professional applicants must submit the following:
    • Resume 
    • Letter of recommendation from a current or former direct supervisor who is a NIRSA member
    • Submit the online application by the deadline, including the three essay questions

Scholarship Committee

  • The Region I Scholarship Committee is comprised of six Professional Members within Region I.
  • The Region I Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Regional Representative from a pool of committee volunteers. One committee member will be appointed the chairperson.

Scholarship Awards:

  • The Region I scholarship will be comprised of two award cycles.
  • The first cycle will be awarded in September for attendance in fall NIRSA sponsored event such as the NIRSA Region I Conference, State Workshops, etc.
    • Awards for this cycle will be $250/recipient 
  • The second cycle will be awarded in February for assistance in attendance of any spring NIRSA sponsored events such as the NIRSA Annual Conference, School of Collegiate Recreation, NIRSA Symposiums, etc.
    • Award for this cycle will be $500/recipient
  • The total award amount will not exceed $7,500/year and will be dependent on the recommendation and allocation by the Region I Contingency Fund Committee.
  • If the total award amount allocated for the fall cycle is not met, the difference of the awarded amount from the allocated amount may be applied for awards to the Spring Cycle
  • Applicants are also eligible for the Region I Scholarship if awarded a NIRSA Foundation Scholarship, and may apply for both.
  • Consideration will be given to all applicants; particularly those that have not received previously received a Region I Scholarship.

Scholarship Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Award Cycle
    • Publication of Application: August 12, 2019
    • Application Deadline: September 16, 2019
    • Review of Applications by Committee: Week of September 16, 2019
    • The decision of Awards: September 20, 2019
    • Announcement of Awards:  September 23, 2019
  • Spring Award Cycle
    • Publication of Award/Application: October 29, 2019
    • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
    • Review of Applications by Committee: Weeks of February 3 and February 10
    • The decision of Awards: February 14, 2020
    • Announcement of Awards:  February 19, 2020

To Apply: