Giving Opportunities

You can be an educator!

We invite to you to learn more about giving to the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. This webpage can link you to specific student enrichment projects that need your support. Wherever you chose to direct your gift, it will have a lasting impact on our students’ lives. Through your gifts, you can be a fellow “educator”, helping us to maintain and enhance the outstanding quality of the RPTS Department’s faculty, students and programs.

The quality of RPTS students’ education is a result of many types of contributions.  Members of our educational team include not only faculty and staff but also donors, advisory committee members, guest speakers, industry leaders, intern supervisors, employers, community partners, and others. If you are interested in giving please contact Jennifer Burnett, Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at  or  979-862-5923 or (Cell) 512-431-0615. If you would like more information on a particular program please contact Scott Shafer, Department Head of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, at  or 979.845.3837 .  Please make all checks payable to the Texas A&M Foundation. Please mail your contributions to:

Scott Shafer, PhD, Department Head                                                                  
Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences             
2261 TAMU                                                                                                               
College Station, TX 77843-2261
The Texas A&M Foundation
 401 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

To give online please click on the link(s) below or click here.

Sponsor a “Legend!”  

group of studentsLegends in the Texas Travel Industry Speaker Series……….$1,000 per “Legend”

The “Legends in the Texas Travel Industry Speaker Series” brings travel industry leaders to the Texas A&M campus.  Over a two day period, the speaker makes presentations to classes and interacts with students through meals, receptions, and other events.  Students gain unique insight into the joys and challenges of managing major travel and experience industry attractions.  Mr. Paul Serff, President-Emeritus of the Texas Travel Industry Association, RPTS Tourism Management Advisory Committee member, and part-time Lecturer created this exciting program for us. Your gift of $1,000 will establish you as a sponsor of a visit by a “Legend!”


Support a student’s success!……….Gifts in any amount welcome

Generous donors have endowed the following scholarships, and we always welcome additional contributions to those in any amount!  Contributions to endowments, of course, grow the principal and result in increased awards to students. If you are interested in establishing an endowed scholarship a minimum donation of $25,000 is required.

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  • COADC Jana Wisenbaker Scholarship in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
  • Leslie M. Reid Endowed Scholarship
  • Lon and Inger Garrison Endowed Scholarship
  • COADC Joyce Nies and Peter Witt Endowed Scholarship
  • John L. Crompton Scholarship
  • Elizabeth B. Crompton Scholarship
  • COADC Heidemann Wuest Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • Sue Wittens ’72 Memorial Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Lee Moore ’00 Endowed Scholarship
  • Louis Hodges Scholarship in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
  • Marguerite Van Dyke Graduate Scholarship
  • Korean RPTS Alumni and Marguerite Van Dyke Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas G. Viilo Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • TAES Jake Hershey Fellowship in Natural Resources Conservation
  • Bradberry Chair for Youth Development
  • Robert B. Ditton Endowed Scholarship
  • Peter Witt and Joyce Nies Youth Development Excellence Endowment

Help RPTS sustain and grow excellence!

Engaged LearningRPTS Endowed Fund for Excellence………Gifts in any amount welcome

The RPTS Excellence fund provides support for special unanticipated opportunities for our students that arise during the course of many academic years.  Your gift to our excellence fund will grow the endowment and provide us even better opportunity to pursue opportunities and continue to grow quality experiences for our students. Mr. Royce Wisenbaker and his wife Jana Wisenbaker endowed this excellence fund for RPTS, and your contribution can help us continue to grow that endowment.


Sponsor an RPTS Quiz Bowl Student!

Gig'emRPTS Quiz Bowl……..$1,000 for sponsorship of a team member or a coach

RPTS students compete with top students from other universities in national Quiz Bowl competition each year. Teams are comprised of four students and a coach.  Students are quizzed on park, recreation and tourism management, marketing, foundational knowledge, and planning and staging of experiences.  You have the opportunity to sponsor one or more members of our team or even our coach (your choice).


Become a partner in advancing our high-impact learning programs!

we make experiences matterHigh-Impact Learning Courses…..….Gifts in any amount are welcome

The Department offers a variety of “high impact learning” classes.  These classes engage students in direct experiences with managers and marketing professionals.  Students study in major attractions, state and national parks and forests, in cities and towns, and even aboard cruise ships!  Students must bear the cost of special fees for such courses, to cover transportation, lodging, and related expenses.  Your support will provide access to students unable to pay those fees.


Connect RPTS students with industry through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service!

Extension!  Connected Learning for Industry Professionals and Students (E!CLIPS)……..$5,000 to sponsor an RPTS student intern for a semester

aggiesE!CLIPS is a Texas A&M/ RPTS AgriLife Extension Program  that supports real-world training and action research by connecting professionals in recreation, park and tourism businesses and agencies around the world with students and professional learning programs from RPTS Extension.  Opportunities are available in nature tourism, youth development, customer service, event planning, park and trail planning, and public input programs.

If you are interested in giving please contact Jennifer Burnett, Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at or 979-862-5923 or (Cell) 512-431-0615.


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