AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
The Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association is proud to honor members, volunteers, and young leaders who dedicate their time and service. Each year we recognize these members in a variety of areas at our Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in November.
Hall of Fame
Created to recognize any individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the recreation, park, golf or conservation movement in Connecticut. The parks and recreation profession owes its existence and growth to the vision and dedication of individuals who have worked to improve the quality of life in Connecticut.
Outstanding Professional Award
To receive the Outstanding Professional Award, the nominee shall be a CRPA member who has made outstanding contributions, over a period of 10 years or more, to the recreation and/or parks field.
“R. Peter Ledger” Young Professional Award
Nominee must be a member of CRPA who has served 10 years or less and is deserving of recognition for achievements and accomplishments in the parks and recreation profession. Winner of this award shall receive $1,000 to be used for continuing education purposes (i.e. quarterlies, conferences, training institutes, etc).
Therapeutic Recreation Award
Nominee must be a member of CRPA who has served a minimum of 5 years and is deserving of recognition for dedication and commitment in the field of therapeutic recreation or helps to provide programs for people with disabilities.
Park/Facility Of Merit Award
This award will be given to a department who has developed or renovated an exceptional facility within the last 2 years. The director of the department/organization must be a current CRPA member.
Program of Merit Award
This award will be given to a department that has developed on outstanding ongoing program that is innovative, creative and unique in nature or that demonstrates a new twist on an old theme while still being consistent with current trends. This program must enrich a group, community, or individual and is characterized as an organized recreation or leisure activity that is offered either on a daily, weekly, seasonal, or annual basis. The program must be in existence for a minimum of two (2) years and the Director of the department/organization must be a member of CRPA in good standing.
Selected Organization Award
The organization should have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the field of public recreation and parks, significant enough to have had a stimulating effect on recreation at a town, city, state or national level. This award may be awarded to a commercial and/or a nonprofit entity. Membership in CRPA is not required.
The individual should have gone “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” by having made an outstanding contribution to the field of public recreation and parks, significant enough to have had a stimulating effect on recreation at a town, city, state or national level. This award is open to volunteers and part-time/seasonal, park or secretarial staff. This award is not intended for full time Park & Recreation Professionals. Membership in CRPA is not required.
Youth Leadership Award
For teenagers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in park and recreation programs. Membership in CRPA is not required.
Public Service Award
The Nominee shall be an individual elected or appointed to public office, at any level of government, who has provided unselfish service for at least three years in the interest of parks, recreation, conservation and/or community services. Membership in CRPA is not required.
Dorothy G. Mullen/George Sanford Scholarship
The Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association has established the Dorothy Mullen and George Sanford CRPA Scholarships to provide assistance to students majoring in recreation and/or park education. Dorothy G. Mullen/CRPA Scholarship $500 George Sanford/CRPA Scholarship $500
Distinguished Service Award
This is the most prestigious award that CRPA offers. To receive the Distinguished Service Award, the nominee shall be a CRPA member and an individual who has made outstanding contributions, over a significant number of years, to the recreation, and/or parks field. Such contributions might be for outstanding leadership; committee work on a state or national level; outstanding service as a professional worker; research; promoting the profession; outstanding development of equipment, layout or design.