National Outdoor Recreation Conference
Scholarship Opportunities

The 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference is the premier opportunity for new professionals and students to present their work, learn about best practices and network with outdoor recreation professionals.

Applications for 2018 will open this fall. 


New Professional Scholarship

Applicants should be employed in the outdoor recreation profession and have completed an outdoor recreation degree within the last five years or be under 35 years of age.

A scholarship valued at $1,015 will be awarded to each scholarship recipient, which includes a $500 check for lodging and travel-related expenses. The remaining $515 (425+90) is the value of a full-conference registration and a one-year membership to SORP. Applicants are encouraged to ask their organization for funds to supplement the conference scholarship. Applicants do not need to be current SORP members.

Recipients are expected to attend the full conference.

Download the 2017 announcement and instructions


Student Scholarship2015 Student Scholars

Several scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in an outdoor recreation research, planning, management, and policy development or closely related degree program to attend the 2017 National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Awards are based on academic performance, contributions to the field, relevance of studies to outdoor recreation planning and management, need, and willingness to give back to SORP.

A scholarship valued at $775 will be awarded to each scholarship recipient, which includes a $500 check for lodging and travel-related expenses. The remaining $275 (250+25) is the value of a full-conference registration and a one-year membership to SORP. Students are encouraged to ask their university for funds to supplement the conference scholarship. Applicants do not need to be current SORP members.

Recipients are expected to attend the full conference and assist with various tasks during the conference.

Download the 2017 announcement and instructions


 Scholarship Endorsement