Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship
for the Advancement of Partnerships

About Chris

Christopher K. JarviChris Jarvi enjoyed a full and rich career as a parks and recreation professional and left us too soon. Graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in Ornamental Horticulture/Park Administration, he served with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation and the City of Anaheim. He spent the last six years of his career with the National Park Service in Washington, DC responsible for Partnerships and Visitor Experience.

Chris was active in leadership with prominent organizations working to support recreation and parks professionals including the California Parks and Recreation Society and the National Recreation and Park Association. Throughout his career he viewed his job as building a stronger community rather than simply delivering services. At his request, the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation established this scholarship to encourage parks and recreation professionals to continue to explore how partnering efforts can help us achieve parks, recreation, and community goals.

Purpose of the Scholarship 

The Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships was created to help dedicated professionals explore ways to integrate more partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands and the communities that host them.

Learning about partnerships and developing skills is an iterative process: the more one learns and practices, the more innovative they can be in engaging partners in all aspects of recreation and parks.

The concept and practice of partnering will change as the needs of parks and recreation professionals evolve. This scholarship encourages applications that take the practice of partnerships to the next level.

Eligibility

Chris wanted this scholarship to be open to all parks and recreation professionals working in the field who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the practice of partnering for effective delivery of services and improvement of the communities they serve.

Expectations of Applicants

The Scholarship Committee challenges applicants to be creative in seeking and gaining the knowledge and experiences to improve their partnering skills. While state and national recreation-oriented conferences are invaluable, the Committee encourages requests to choose workshops, conferences or training sessions that are in fields such as health, insurance, community development, art, or other industries and fields where partnerships could be leveraged to serve parks and recreation programs and interests. The Committee especially encourages applicants to learn more about philanthropy and planned giving, fields that are certain to deliver long-term results for parks and recreation efforts. Online or in-person programs are equally eligible.

Range and Number of Awards

Scholarships range from $500-$1,500 and in 2018, ten scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship awards may be used over the 18 months following the award. This will ensure that scholarship recipients are able to attend the training, workshop, conference, program or activity of interest and that the scholarship will fit the needs of any budgeting cycle or matching funds that may be available.

Application Dates

Applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 30 of each year. Recipients will be notified by August 15.

Expectations of Recipients

  • A 1000 word report regarding your learning experience to be published on the Scholarship webpage so that others might gain from your learning and insights.
  • Cost sharing (approximately 25%) to cover the costs of your learning journey are appreciated and connote individual and/or agency commitment.

Make a contribution!

If you want to support Chris’ vision to help parks and recreation professionals gain invaluable partnering skills, please consider a gift to the Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship Fund.

Application Materials (Available May, 2018)

  • Application
  • Supervisor Statement 
  • Report Form

Stay Informed

The Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance the Field of Partnerships is a project of
the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation and is administered
by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP).