On October 3, 2003, the Southern Illinois Park and Recreation Association (SIPRA) established and funded an educational grant/scholarship program designed to assist individuals who wish to further their educational endeavors. In October of 2008 SIPRA established the “Otto Rice Memorial” scholarship honoring a fellow park and recreation professional that died unexpectedly leaving a legacy of professional commitment to the Community Public Park and Recreation Profession. In January of 2017 SIPRA rededicated its Scholarship Program as the “H. George Whitehead Scholarship” in memory of our long-time SIPRA member George Whitehead, who passed away in March, 2016.
Annually hereafter, once the money has been earmarked and set aside, and whenever a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received, two scholarships of $1,000.00 each shall be awarded to undergraduate (juniors/seniors) or graduate students enrolled in a four year university level recreation, sport management, forestry, or outdoor education curriculum.
Payment of the awards will be made in the summer of 2018.