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

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 a Diversity Scholarship.  Five scholarships, each worth $1,000, will be awarded 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 (tuition, fees, books, campus housing and dining).

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.
  • Declared major 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 and a registered full-time student. (Less than full-time enrollment will be accepted if in the final semester before graduation.)
  • 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 point average on MAUI.
  • Information available on MAUI, such as, but not limited to, Ethnicity/Race, Citizenship and First-Generation status. 
  • 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 that responds to the following questions:  (1) How would this scholarship support your academic and career goals, and (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 December 11, 2020, 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 2020-21 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 and are being adapted to fit the changes to experiential learning expenses during the pandemic.  Please check back regularly for updated information.

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.  

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).  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.

The scholarship committee will review the financial need of all applicants through the Office of Financial Aid.  In addition to financial need, academic achievement and the potential for the experiential opportunity to support the applicant’s academic and career goals will be considered.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship and be eligible for multiple scholarships, but must submit an application specific to each scholarship.  In other words, if applying for three scholarships the applicant must submit three applications, each written specifically for one experience.  No applicant can receive both the Cleveland and Denver Mount Union Scholarships in the same year.  All scholarships are non-renewable. 

TO APPLY:  When the spring and summer 2021 John E. Evans Experiential Learning Awards are updated, applicants will be required to submit a one-page written statement telling the committee why they are applying for the scholarship. The committee will review objective criteria (Office of Financial Aid metrics, program of study and GPA), but the one-page statement is an opportunity for the applicant to provide the committee more detail concerning the financial need for the scholarship and how the scholarship will support the applicant’s academic and career goals (subjective criteria).  Statements must be submitted to srm-info@uiowa.edu by midnight of the application deadline listed above under each scholarship.

Scholarship funds will only be applied to standard UBill expenses for the experience.  Additional money may be required for snacks, meals, souvenirs or other purchases by the scholarship recipient during the experience that are not covered by the standard charges.

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.  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.