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RPTA Scholarships

Departmental Scholarships

Application information for these departmental scholarships are available through your MySacState Student Center:

The J.R. Needy Foundation Scholarship
The J.R. Needy Foundation Scholarship, created in the memory and spirit of the professional dedication of Dr. J.R. "Shocky" Needy, offers up to two $1,000 scholarships to RPTA undergraduate and graduate majors. 

Judy M. Quattrin Community Recreation Student Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to recognize RPTA students who have made a difference in communities by creating and implementing innovative recreation programs to enrich the lifestyles of children and adults. 

Skål International Sacramento Scholarship
This scholarship is to support undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in the tourism, hospitality and commercial recreation industries.

External Scholarships

Following links in this section will take you away from the University website. If specific information or links are not included below, search for the information at the organization's website.

California Park & Recreation Society District II, which includes the Sacramento region.  For more information and for deadlines, go to: and search for "District II" scholarships. 

Every year, the California Foundation for Parks & Recreation (CFPR) awards approximately 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in parks, recreation, and leisure.  Award amounts are generally between $1,000 and $2,000.  Awards will be announced in January and recipients will receive their scholarship and be recognized at the annual CPRS Conference and Expo held in March.  For more information and the application, click here.

Sacramento Hotel Association College Student Scholarship Program.

California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) Scholarship Opportunities information and application

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) Scholarships

California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) Scholarships

CSU Hospitality & Tourism Alliance.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association Peg Connolly Scholarship, named in honor of Dr. Peg Connolly, the first ATRA president and former Executive Director of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, provides tremendous personal benefits and rewards. Students that are awarded this scholarship must be able to attend the ATRA Annual Conference. Click here for more information. Students must be a member of ATRA to apply. Click here for membership information.


ATRA Annual Scholarship scholarship provides financial support to RT students who to wish to attend the ATRA Annual conference. Awards vary up to $500 and are based on the applicant's job, financial need, and benefits of professional development available to the applicant. For more information contact Dr. Brent Wolfe, ATRA Executive Director, at (703)234-4140 or at

Many other private and foundation-based scholarships are available, and we recommend that students conduct an extensive library search or utilize a free web-based search service such as