Undergraduate Scholarship Application

2017 Applications will be accepted between
February 1 – March 7

We are pleased that you are interested in applying for a Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Scholarship!  Your candidacy speaks highly of your academic success and commitment.  Generous donors who have created the scholarships did so with the intention of supporting outstanding students like you! Undergraduate Scholarships available are listed below.

Scholarships are available to current RPTS majors who will be full-time students (at least 12 TAMU credits) for the Fall semester of the academic year for which the award is made. Students who will be doing their 6-credit RPTS 484 Internship during the Fall semester are also eligible. Students who have not yet completed one semester at Texas A&M University (and therefore do not yet have a GPA on record) will not be considered for scholarships. The GPA is one aspect of the selection process, but the thank-you letter, resume and application are also important. The winners will have the full scholarship amount posted to their accounts in the fall term only.

To apply, follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Application. As you will see, to be considered for a scholarship you will need to a) complete an application form, b) write a letter addressed to “Dear Donor” communicating your career direction and the importance and meaning of the scholarship to you, c) provide a copy of your resume, and d) provide a photograph of yourself for the donor.
    • You will also have the option of providing a brief video that will introduce you to the donor and communicate the importance and meaning of the scholarship to you.
    • You may wish to review sample videos and letters.
  • Send your completed packet as a single Word Document file to Irina Shatruk (by 5:00pm on March 7, 2017), at ishatruk@tamu.edu, AGLS 465 (979-845-5412)
  • Note that submission of an application signals that if you are a scholarship recipient you will do the following:
    • Attend the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Awards Banquet to receive recognition in person (to be held on April 20, 2017. Location and time TBD.)
    • Send a hand-written thank-you note to the donor of the scholarship you receive
    • Assist Ms. Shatruk with finalizing your application packet for forwarding to the donor if you are chosen to receive a scholarship.  You will need to visit Ms. Shatruk in person to sign the letter to the donor.

 Scholarship and Donor
 

Criteria
 Credits Completed; GPA;  Minimum SCH/ semester to be on scholarship; must be enrolled full-time (12 or more TAMU credits) for both semesters of the following academic year to be eligible for a scholarship
Royce Wisenbaker, Jr. Scholarship
(3 recipients)
Donor: Royce and Jana Wisenbaker
Scholarship will facilitate student attending university; commitment to park, recreation, tourism field RPTS Major currently enrolled: U2+ status in year scholarship to be used. 2.8 GPA in major; 2.5 overall; 12 hrs/semester; not over 3 from another school.
Jana Wisenbaker Scholarship
(2 recipients)
Donor: Royce and Jana Wisenbaker
Scholarship will facilitate student attending university; commitment to park, recreation, tourism field RPTS Major currently enrolled: U2+ status in year scholarship to be used; overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.
Gene Phillips Memorial Scholarship
(2 recipients)
Donor: Texas Travel Industry Association friends of Gene Phillips.Bob Phillips and Davis Phillips, son and grand-son of Gene Phillips, represent the donor
Strong desire to advance in the field of tourism. May only use funds for tuition, fees, and books; must be able to attend Texas Travel Summit at Departmental expense. RPTS Major Currently enrolled: U2+ status in year scholarship to be used, 2.5 GPA overall; 12 hrs/semester; not over 3 from another school.
Clara Wuest Heidemann Scholarship
(2 recipients)
Donor: The Heidemann-Wuest Family, Travis Wuest, Brad Wuest, and Joy Heidemann-Wuest
Recipient should have a vision of the potential of the tourism industry and be striving to be a leader in the industry; high integrity and sound character.  Must be able to attend Texas Travel Summit with expenses paid by the department. RPTS Major currently enrolled: U3+ status in year scholarship to be used, overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.
COADC-Heidemann-Wuest Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Donor: College of Agriculture Development Council and the Heidemann-Wuest Foundation
Recipient should have a vision of the potential of the tourism industry and be striving to be a leader in the industry; high integrity and sound character.  Must be able to attend Texas Travel Summit with expenses paid by the department. RPTS Major currently enrolled: U3+ status in year scholarship to be used, overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.
Kevin Piskura Memorial Scholarship
(1 recipient)
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. John Piskura
Recipient should have an interest in natural resource recreation and be recognized for his/her commitment to the professional area. RPTS Major currently enrolled: U4 status, overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.
Joyce Nies/Peter Witt Scholarship
(2 recipients)
Donors: Dr. Joyce Nies and Dr. Peter Witt 
Recipient should have an interest in recreation and youth development RPTS Major currently enrolled: U2+ status in year scholarship to be used, overall GPR at least 2.5, registered for at least 12 sch.
Leslie M. Reid Scholarship
(1 recipient)
Donors: Friends of Leslie M. Reid, Dr. Leslie M. Reid and his wife, Dottie represent the donors. 
Interest in outdoor recreation or parks RPTS Major currently enrolled; overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.
Louis Hodges Scholarship
(2 recipients)
Donor: Mr. Robert Starnes ’68 ’72 and his wife, Robin Starnes
Full time student in good standing pursuing a degree in RPTS RPTS Major currently enrolled; overall GPR at least  2.5, registered for at least 12 SCH.

 

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