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RPL Scholarships

Each academic year the Department of Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration is able to offer a number of scholarships to students pursuing one of our programs. In early February, criteria for eligibility and selection, instructions, and application materials are posted on this website. Awards are made for the following academic year.


Deadline for RPL scholarship applications is Saturday, February 29, 2020


Ron and Susan Bacon Outdoor Recreation Award

  • Must have a signed major in the outdoor recreation concentration
  • Must have earned a minimum of 56 credit hours
  • Must be returning to Central Michigan University in the fall of the application year
Ron and Susan Bacon Outdoor Recreation Award application

Roger Coles RPL Leadership Award

  • Signed RPL major 
  • Completion of 15 hours of RPL course work 
  • 2.75 overall GPA in RPL course work
  • Membership in a RPL sponsored student association
  • Demonstrated service involvement in community, state, or national organizations
Roger Coles RPL Leadership Award application

Brent Edwards Memorial Award

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be from Flushing High School​​​

The Brent Edwards Memorial Award is offered through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Check their website for application and deadlines.

Detective John S. Nagy, Sr. and Mrs. Dale L. Nagy Scholarship

  • Signed Outdoor Recreation Major from the RPL Department.
  • First generation college student
  • 3.0 Overall GPA
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior status
Detective John S. Nagy, Sr. and Mrs. Dale L. Nagy Scholarship application

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Scholarships
Students may only apply for the DOYLE or the KIRCHNER, in an academic year.  NOT BOTH.

G. Patrick Doyle Prize
  • Student presently engaged in an internship experience; or student planning to begin an internship experience during the calendar year of application
  • Signed major within the RPL Department
  • Award may be received only once

Richard Kirchner Scholarship
  • Signed RPL major 
  • Completion of eight hours of RPL course work 
  • 3.0 overall GPA in RPL course work 
Richard Kircchner Scholarship application





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