Sport and Recreation Management Scholarships

Scholarships available to students in the Sport and Recreation Management Program: 

Sport and Recreation Management Program Diversity Scholarship

John E. Evans Experiential Learning Award

Spring 2022 Sport and Recreation Management Program Leadership and Innovation Scholarships

2022-23 Sport and Recreation Management Program Incoming Undergraduate Student Scholarships

2022-23 Sport and Recreation Management Program Incoming Graduate Student Scholarships

Steve Goff Scholarship

Scholarships offered through the Sport and Recreation Management Program: 

Sport and Recreation Management Program Diversity Scholarship

The Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) program, in its ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the undergraduate and graduate programs, invites individuals from marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply for one of several available Diversity Scholarships.  Total funding of $6,000, which will be broken up over several individual scholarship awards, is available.  Awards will be made based on identification with a marginalized or underrepresented group plus a combination of demonstrated financial need and academic and extracurricular achievement.  Scholarships will be credited directly to UBill charges to cover education-related expenses.

Applicants are eligible for one SRM Program Diversity Scholarship, but receipt of an SRM Program Diversity Scholarship does not disqualify anyone from applying for other types of SRM scholarships.  Recipients may re-apply in future years for SRM Program Diversity Scholarships.

CRITERIA:  All applications will be reviewed by a committee of SRM faculty and staff, and decisions will be made based on a combination of the criteria listed below:

  • Must identify as a member of a marginalized or underrepresented group.  This is defined broadly to include a wide range of marginalized and underrepresented groups – please click into the application link below for details about scholarship eligibility.
  • Declared major or master’s program must be Sport and Recreation Management (can be a double-major, but one major must be SRM).  Students in the SRM undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.A.) programs are eligible. 
  • Must be in good academic standing, not on academic probation, and a registered full-time student. (Less than full-time enrollment will be accepted if in the final semester before graduation or if a graduate student.)
  • Financial need based on Office of Financial Aid objective metrics in combination with any additional information on financial need in response to question #1 in the application (see below).
  • Grade Report on MAUI.
  • Information available on MAUI related to identification with marginalized or underrepresented groups, such as, but not limited to, Ethnicity/Race, Citizenship and First-Generation status. 
  • Other information on MAUI to confirm scholarship eligibility, such as, but not limited to, enrollment status, program of study and academic standing.
  • Academic and extracurricular achievement as represented in response to question #2 in the application (see below).

TO APPLY:  Complete the application at this link which requires identifying information and a written statement of no more than two total pages that responds to the following questions:  (1) How would this scholarship support your academic and career goals?  (2) describe your academic and extracurricular (on- and/or off-campus) qualifications for the scholarship. (Examples of extracurriculars could include internships, volunteer experiences, practicums, jobs, community service, student organizations, athletics and more.)  

Applications must be submitted by February 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

All scholarships are made possible by generous gifts from SRM supporters.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the continuation and expansion of scholarships in future years, please go to the SPORT AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT GIFT FUND page at the following link:  http://bit.ly/SupportUISRM  Thank you for supporting the SRM program!

John E. Evans Experiential Learning Award

During the 2021-22 academic year, the Sport and Recreation Management program will offer several scholarships to support SRM students during experiential learning.  These scholarships, known as John E. Evans Experiential Learning Awards, will be distributed during the spring and summer to individual students in SRM field experience courses (both guided and independent field experience), individual students participating in an SRM field trip, and also applied directly to field trip fees and to guided field experience courses with course fees to help make those experiences more accessible to all students. 

John Evans The John E. Evans Experiential Learning Award was established in 2019 by John Evans Jr., Julie Evans, and Jane Evans through the Evans Family Foundation. This fund is named in memory of John E. Evans (49BSC-pictured) and is awarded to support students participating in experiential learning opportunities offered by the University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management Program.   Click here to learn more about John E. Evans

Please scroll down to see some examples of how the Learning Awards have impacted students and supported the offering of experiences that would have otherwise been unavailable.  

CRITERIA:  1) Financial need, 2) academic and extracurricular achievement, and 3) potential for the experiential opportunity to support the applicant’s academic and career goals.  Additionally: applicants must be in good academic standing and registered full-time students (less than full-time enrollment accepted if in the final semester before graduation or if a graduate student).  Highest preference will be given to students majoring in SRM. Secondary preference will be given to students pursuing a minor in SRM.  All students, regardless of major, are invited to apply.  Undergraduate and graduate students will be given equal consideration.

Students may apply for more than one Evans Experiential Learning Award and will be eligible for awards in more than one experience (such as two summer guided field experiences), but students must submit an application for each experience.  In other words, if applying for three scholarships the applicant must submit three applications, each written specifically for one experience.  All scholarships are non-renewable. 

AVAILABLE AWARDS:  Evans Experiential Learning Awards of varying amounts will be made to students in the following experiences with the following Evans Award application deadlines:

SRM Spring 2022 Field Trip (Kansas City – April 7-8)

  • Scholarship application deadline March 24 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Receipt of a scholarship will also include a guaranteed spot on the trip (no waiting in the registration line)
  • To apply:  email a written statement to srm-info@uiowa.edu that answers the following questions:  1) Please explain how you believe this trip will support your educational and professional development;  2) Please explain your financial need for this scholarship.
  • The SRM program will check financial need of all applicants in the Office of Financial Aid before awards are made.  Awards will be made based on a combination of financial need (from the Office of Financial Aid and the written application), academic achievement (based on academic record), major/minor (Sport and Recreation Management must be either one of your majors or a minor), and ability of the trip to support your educational and professional development (as explained in your written application).

SRM:4196 (Interscholastic Athletic Administration independent field experience course)

  • Scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4196 is Feb. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4196 is April 29 at 11:59 p.m.

SRM:4199 (independent field experience course)

  • Scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4199 is Feb. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4199 is April 29 at 11:59 p.m.

SRM:4197:0001 (San Diego Padres guided field experience course)

  • Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

SRM:4197:0002 (Chicago Blackhawks/Cedar Rapids Kernels guided field experience course)

  • Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

SRM:4197:0016 (Team USA guided field experience course)

  • Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

TO APPLY:  Submit a written statement (maximum length of two pages) to srm-info@uiowa.edu telling the committee why you are applying for the scholarship and addressing the three main criteria outlined above: 

  1. Describe your financial need for the scholarship – the written statement provides an opportunity to contextualize your financial need and add details beyond the objective metrics on file at the Office of Financial Aid; 
  2. Academic and extracurricular achievements – outline and describe any academic and/or extracurricular achievements or efforts (internships, student organization involvement, volunteer work, etc.) that you would like the committee to consider; and 
  3. Potential for the experiential opportunity to support your academic and career goals – how will the experience that this scholarship supports help you advance academically and/or in your professional development?

The committee will review objective criteria (Office of Financial Aid metrics, program of study and GPA), but the written statement is an opportunity for the applicant to provide the committee more detail concerning the financial need for the scholarship and how the scholarship might support the applicant’s academic and career goals (subjective criteria).  Statements must be submitted to srm-info@uiowa.edu by the deadlines listed above under each scholarship for priority consideration. 

Spring 2022 Sport and Recreation Management Program Leadership and Innovation Scholarships

To support and encourage student leaders and innovators in UI Sport and Recreation Management (SRM), the program invites current UISRM undergraduate and master’s students to apply for SRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarships. Total funding of $6,000, which will be broken up over multiple individual scholarship awards, is available. The application review committee will allocate funds based on the applicant’s demonstration in their application materials of leadership and innovation (in the SRM program, elsewhere on campus, in extracurricular activities, in their community, and/or other examples).  

Applicants are eligible for one SRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarship, but receipt of an SRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarship does not disqualify an applicant from applying for other types of SRM scholarships. Recipients may re-apply in future years for SRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarships.

CRITERIA: A committee of SRM faculty and staff will review all applications and will make award decisions based on a combination of the criteria listed below.

The applicant:

  1. Must demonstrate leadership and/or innovation on- or off-campus, in their home communities, in their workplaces, or elsewhere.  Leadership and/or innovation related to sport and recreation is preferred, but leadership and/or innovation may be demonstrated in other ways.
  2. Must be a declared Sport and Recreation Management program undergraduate (B.S.) or master’s (M.A.) student. Double-major students are eligible, but one major must be SRM.
  3. Must be a registered full-time student. The application review committee will consider less than full-time enrollment applicants if the applicant is in their final semester before graduation or if the applicant is a graduate student.

The application review committee may use additional information on MAUI to confirm scholarship eligibility, such as, but not limited to grade report, enrollment status, program of study, and academic standing.

TO APPLY: Complete the application: click here to access application portal. The application requires identifying information and uploading a written statement of no more than two total pages that responds to the following:

  1. Describe your greatest examples of leadership and/or innovation on- or off-campus and, if applicable, how they relate to sport or recreation. 
  2. Would this scholarship support your continued leadership and innovation efforts?  If so, please explain. 
  3. List and provide details on other academic and extracurricular achievements (on- and/or off-campus) during your time as an SRM student. These should be in addition to your examples of leadership and innovation in response to the first question. (Examples could include being named to dean’s list, scholarship awards, internships, volunteer experiences, practicums, jobs, community service, student organizations, athletics and more.)

For full consideration, submit your application materials by March 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

2022-23 Sport and Recreation Management Program Incoming Undergraduate Student Scholarships

To support the attainment of the Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) B.S. degree by students with the greatest financial need and increase the representation of students from underrepresented and marginalized groups in the sport and recreation industry, the program invites incoming undergraduate students for the fall 2022 semester to apply for an SRM Program Incoming Undergraduate Student Scholarship (SRMIUSS).  Total funding of $10,000, which will be broken up over multiple individual scholarship awards, is available. The application review committee will allocate funds based on the applicant’s financial need and/or identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group.  

Applicants are eligible for one SRMIUSS, but receipt of an SRMIUSS does not disqualify an applicant from applying for other types of SRM scholarships.

CRITERIA: A committee of SRM faculty and staff will review all applications and will make award decisions based on the criteria listed below.

  1. Declared major must be Sport and Recreation Management (can be a double-major, but one major must be SRM). 
  2. Must be admitted, accept your admission, and enter your first semester at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2022 as a new first-year student or transfer student.
  3. Must be able to show either financial need or identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group, or both.
  • Financial need among applicants will be ranked based on Office of Student Financial Aid objective metrics, and additional information about financial need supplied in the application will be considered.
  • Identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group is defined broadly to include a wide range of groups. 

TO APPLY: Complete the application at this link: https://bit.ly/UISRMIUSS  The application requires identifying information and uploading a written statement of no more than two total pages that responds to the following:

  1. Describe your reasons for wanting to pursue the Sport and Recreation Management degree at the University of Iowa.  
  2. Describe your financial need for the scholarship – the written statement provides an opportunity to contextualize your financial need and add details beyond the objective metrics on file at the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

For full consideration, submit your application materials by April 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

2022-23 Sport and Recreation Management Program Incoming Graduate Student Scholarships

To support the attainment of the Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) M.A. degree by students with the greatest financial need and increase the representation of students from underrepresented and marginalized groups in the sport and recreation industry, the program invites incoming graduate students for the summer or fall 2022 semester to apply for an SRM Program Incoming Graduate Student Scholarship (SRMIGSS).  Total funding of $5,000, which will be broken up over multiple individual scholarship awards, is available. The application review committee will allocate funds based on the applicant’s financial need and/or identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group.  

Applicants are eligible for one SRMIGSS, but receipt of an SRMIGSS does not disqualify an applicant from applying for other types of SRM scholarships.

CRITERIA: A committee of SRM faculty and staff will review all applications and will make award decisions based on the criteria listed below.

  1. Must be admitted to the Sport and Recreation Management M.A. program, accept your admission and enroll in the program.
  2. Must be entering your first semester of the M.A. program in the summer or fall of 202 
  3. Must be able to show either financial need or identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group, or both.
  • Financial need among applicants will be ranked based on Office of Student Financial Aid objective metrics, and additional information about financial need supplied in the application will be considered.
  • Identification with an underrepresented or marginalized group is defined broadly to include a wide range of groups. 

TO APPLY: Complete the application at this link: https://bit.ly/UISRMIGSS  The application requires identifying information and uploading a written statement of no more than two total pages that responds to the following:

  1. Describe your reasons for wanting to pursue the Sport and Recreation Management degree at the University of Iowa.  
  2. Describe your financial need for the scholarship – the written statement provides an opportunity to contextualize your financial need and add details beyond the objective metrics on file at the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

For full consideration, submit your application materials by April 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

All scholarships are made possible by generous gifts from SRM supporters.  If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the continuation and expansion of scholarships in future years, please go to the SPORT AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT GIFT FUND page at the following link: http://bit.ly/SupportUISRM. 

Thank you for supporting the SRM program!

Cody Willis Hannah Conlisk
Geoff Bruder Kamryn Smith
MIchael Markla Luke Statler
Morgan Dvorak  

Scholarships offered through the Department of Health and Human Physiology:

Steve Goff Scholarship

The Department is pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships available to therapeutic recreation and sport and recreation management students founded in memory of Dr. Steve Goff, professor of leisure studies who died prematurely of cancer. Dr. Goff was a caring, active, and engaged professor who lived his life to the fullest and is remembered for his community service and love of physical challenges. We invite you to apply for the Dr. Steve Goff Scholarship.

Steve engaged life, not waiting for it to invite him in. He was a superb athlete in high school in several sports and afterwards as a golfer, marathon competitor and biking participant. Steve won his share of events, but more importantly, firmly believed that recreational activities should involve all abilities and ages no matter how skilled or where one placed. Steve was a strong supporter of participation of everyone; he was a true recreation professional with a robust dedication to public service. “Life is not a spectator sport” served as Steve’s mantra.

Steve died of cancer in 1998 at the young age of 43. Each year the Steve Goff Scholarships are awarded to students who articulate and demonstrate an engaged and examined life of service.

Steve Goff Scholarship Application Process

Applications are due by 11:59pm on February 1, 2021

Each applicant must include a short essay that will be attached to the application survey (link below). The 500-word essay should explain how the applicant embodies Steve Goff’s philosophy of an engaged and examined life of service. The essay must specifically address the ideals Steve was committed to: how using leisure is used to foster a lifestyle based upon health and fitness, challenge and adventure, education, and service to others.

Click here to apply.