Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation annually awards scholarships to students majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies throughout Ohio. The Don Schmidt Scholarship is for students majoring in parks/law enforcement. To be eligible, applicants must: have a declared major in a relevant degree program at a college or university in Ohio, and/or the applicant must be a resident of Ohio; and have completed or be enrolled in courses that add up to a minimum of 30 credit hours and at least 12 credit hours in their major (grad students must have at least 9 credit hours in their major). Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their major and an overall, cumulative GPA of 2.5.
The scholarship will be evaluated based on three criteria: the resume, professional references and the essay. Scholarships are only available to go toward the applicant’s tuition. Checks will be sent directly to the University’s Bursar. Ohio Parks and Recreation Association is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of Ohio communities.