Apply for awards and scholarships

The sport and recreation management program is pleased to offer competitive opportunities for scholarship support for our students. Check out the following options to learn more about award criteria and application processes.

Scholarship opportunities for undergraduates

The sport and recreation management (SRM) program, in its ongoing efforts to support all forms of student success, invites current SRM majors to apply for one of several available Student Success Scholarships. Total funding of $8,000, which will be broken up over several individual scholarship awards, is available.

All SRM majors (undergraduate or graduate program) are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a written essay (maximum three pages) describing how they have experienced success as a student by overcoming adversity, confronting challenges, showing resiliency or other examples of achieving successful outcomes on their academic journey. Awards will be made based on the essay plus 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 Student Success Scholarship, but receipt of an SRM Student Success Scholarship does not disqualify anyone from applying for other types of SRM scholarships. Recipients may re-apply in future years for SRM Student Success 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 following criteria:

  • Demonstration of success as a student through adversity, challenges, resiliency or other examples of challenges that could have impeded academic progress.
  • 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 (BS) and graduate (MA) 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 written application.
  • Information available on MAUI that may help confirm essay content and scholarship eligibility, such as grade report, first-generation status, enrollment status, program of study or academic standing.
  • Academic and extracurricular achievement as represented in response to question #2 in the written application.

To apply

Complete the application, which requires identifying information and a written statement of no more than two total pages that responds to the following questions:

  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. Describe how you have experienced success as a student by overcoming adversity, confronting challenges, showing resiliency, or in any other way achieved successful outcomes on your academic journey while facing challenges that could have impeded your academic progress.
Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications received between March 9-15, 2024 will be considered only if funds remain.

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 our gift fund page. Thank you for supporting the SRM program!

During the 2023-24 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 some funds will be 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) and is awarded to support students participating in experiential learning opportunities offered by the University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management Program.

Criteria

  1. Financial need
  2. Academic and extracurricular achievement
  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 2024 Field Trip (destination and dates TBD)
  • Scholarship application deadline to be announced.
  • Receipt of a scholarship will also include a guaranteed spot on the trip (no waiting in the registration line)
  • To apply: Wait for the field trip destination and dates to be announced and then email a written statement to srm-info@uiowa.edu that answers the following questions:
    1. Please explain how 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)
  • Early scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4196 is Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4196 (if funds remain) is Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Early scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4196 is March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4196 (if funds remain) is April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
SRM:4199 (independent field experience course)
  • Early scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4199 is Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline for spring SRM:4199 (if funds remain) is Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Early scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4199 is March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline for summer SRM:4199 (if funds remain) is April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
SRM:4197:0001 (San Diego Padres guided field experience course)
  • Early scholarship application deadline is March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline (if funds remain) is April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
SRM:4197:0002 (NASCAR guided field experience course)
  • Early scholarship application deadline is March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline (if funds remain) is April 30 at 11:59 p.m.
SRM:4197:0007 (The Business of Golf guided field experience course)
  • Early scholarship application deadline is March 5 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Late scholarship application deadline (if funds remain) is April 30 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
  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. – late applications will be considered where noted, but only if funds still remain after early applications have been considered.

To support and encourage student leaders and innovators in UI Sport and Recreation Management (SRM), the program invites current UI SRM undergraduate and master’s students to apply for SRM Leadership and Innovation Scholarships. Total funding of $8,000, 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 following criteria.

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 (BS) or master’s (MA) 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. The application requires identifying information and providing 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.)
Early applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  Late applications received by March 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. will be considered only if funds remain.

To support the attainment of the Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) BS 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 2024 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 2024 as a new first-year student or transfer student.
  3. Must be able to show either financial need.
Additional information
  • 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 the University of Iowa Scholarship 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 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. 
Early applications must be submitted by February 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.  Late applications received after February 22 will be considered only if funds remain.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also awards scholarships to students continuing coursework in a major within the college. Some scholarships are open to all liberal arts and sciences students and others are for select liberal arts and sciences majors.