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Awards/Scholarships

Awards


The following awards require that students have earned at least 90 credit hours towards graduation and will have completed all degree requirements by May, August, or December of the award year. The opening of nominations will be announced and descriptions will be posted early in the spring semester. Applications for Spring 2014 are available by visiting the link of each award.

Scholarships


The following scholarships are specifically offered to students in the recreation, parks and leisure studies degree program. In addition, students may be eligible for other scholarships offered through the Admissions Office.

John A. MacPhee Scholarship

Scholarship Type: Merit-based

Eligibility Criteria: Juniors and seniors with high academic achievement and professional promise may qualify.

Award: Up to $1,500 (usually two awards of $500 to $750 per year, one each semester) is available to support off-campus field work or attendance at a national professional conference devoted to the leisure services profession.

Continuation of Funding:

Availability: One available each semester

Application: Contact the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department or download the PDF.

Jay '66 and Bettie Lee Yerka Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Scholarship Type: Merit-based

Eligibility Criteria: Available to a SUNY Cortland student majoring in recreation, preferably with a major in therapeutic recreation and a non-traditional student. Candidates must have maintained a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities, have high moral/ethical character, and have completed their sophomore year or junior year.

Award: Up to $1,000 scholarship awarded annually.

Availability: One recipient per year.

Application: Contact the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department or download the PDF.

New York State Home Bureau Award

The New York State Federation of Home Bureaus established this scholarship program in honor of Phyllis Doe, a past president of the organization.

Scholarship Type: Merit-based

Eligibility Criteria: Presented to a student majoring in therapeutic recreation.

Award: One-time award of up to $750.

Availability: One available.

Application: Eligible students will receive information from the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department to apply for the scholarship at the beginning of the spring semester.

Joyce A. Gaus '60 Scholarship

Scholarship Type: Merit/Need-based.

Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshmen majoring in the area of recreation, outdoor education, or a closely related field who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership ability and has financial need.

Award: Annual award of $1,000 is available to freshmen for four years.

Continuation of Funding: Satisfactory academic progress.

Availability: Check on availability.

Application: Available in Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. Along with the application, interested students must submit a 500 word essay describing their interest in the outdoor recreation field and career educational goals. In addition, candidates must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available from the Financial Aid Office.

Thomas L. Goodale '61 Community Service Scholarship

Scholarship Type: Merit/Need-based.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an admitted freshman or transfer student majoring in the area of recreation who has demonstrated a strong record of community or school service activities and high academic achievement. Financial need may also be considered.

Award: Renewable award of up to $1,000 is available to a freshman for four years or a transfer student for two years.

Continuation of Funding: Based on student remaining a recreation major, showing evidence of active involvement in the Cortland community and maintaining high academic achievement.

Availability: One available each year.

Application: Available in the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. In addition, candidates must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available from the Financial Aid Office.

John B. Knox Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Type: Merit/Need-based.

Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshmen or transfer student who reside permanently in Hamilton County with an interest in recreation studies and outdoor education who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership qualities outside the classroom, and has financial need. Secondary consideration will be given to permanent residents of the Adirondack Park.

Award: Award of $1,000 is available to freshmen for four years and transfer students for two years.

Continuation of Funding: Satisfactory academic progress.

Availability: Check on availability.

Application: Available in Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. In addition, candidates must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available from the Financial Aid Office.

Theta Phi, Alpha Chapter Marjorie Dey Carter '50 Scholarship

Scholarship Type: Merit-based

Eligibility Criteria: Available to a female junior or senior SUNY Cortland student majoring in education, physical education, or recreation. Candidates must have maintained a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.

Award: Annual renewable award of $1,000.

Continuation of Funding: Based on student maintaining a 3.0 GPA beginning with the end of the first year and monitored annually.

Availability: One recipient per year.

Application: Available in the Financial Aid Office. Deadline: March 1, notification mid-April.