The Tennessee State Park Rangers Association believes that promoting and fostering job related training is tantamount to helping develop the highly skilled Park Rangers of the future. As such, TPRA helps cultivate tomorrow’s leaders with a scholarship program that encourage and support appropriate educational opportunities and allow recipients to cultivate relationships with today’s leaders in the field.
PURPOSE OF PROGRAM?
To provide financial support to Tennessee State Park Rangers, Managers, and Interpretive specialists for advancement of their resource management, law enforcement, medical, search & rescue, and interpretive knowledge, skills, and professional leadership.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Full Time Tennessee State Park Rangers, Managers, and Interpretive specialists who are members of the Tennessee State Park Rangers Association. Anyone receiving a scholarship must have worked a Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee prior to applying or be willing to work two B.R.A.T. after receiving the scholarship.
***Eligibility is currently being considered for anyone who has worked a TPRA event (not limited to the BRAT). Let your representatives know if you agree or disagree with this course of action.***
TYPES OF SUPPORTED ACTIVITIES:
Training classes, workshops, and conferences in the fields of Resource management, Law enforcement, Search & Rescue, Medical, Interpretive, and Management.
AMOUNT OF SUPPORT:
The TPRA Scholarship Committee will review each application and decide how much support they can offer for each individual scholarship. There is no longer a cap on the amount of support offered, however, the TPRA will have to evaluate the amount of money in the scholarship account at the time the application is submitted before making its offer of support.
Total support given to Rangers to current date: $7,547.30
-A clear and compelling statement of career goals related to our profession.
-Degree that the scholarship will help the person achieve their career goals.
-Extent of other contributing financial support or in-kind contributions from other sources (e.g., university, personal, third party organizations).
-Degree that the requested financial support is appropriate and reasonable.
Recipient will be expected to attend and participate in the training, meeting, or conference that was awarded and a ceremony held during in-service that year.
SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION CRITERIA:
The number of scholarships that may be awarded will be based on the scholarship account balance. The scholarship committee will keep detailed records of amount of funds available in the account and the amount of scholarships awarded.
The scholarship committee will rank the training scholarships by total score. Those applicants with higher scores will have a greater chance of receiving scholarship funds. The committee will then choose potential recipients by vote of the scholarship committee and send that recommendation to the TPRA board for final award of the scholarships. The scholarship committee will provide the TPRA board of directors the name of the recommended recipient and the training they are requested funds for.
|Application Form||Up to 20|
|Resume||Up to 20|
|Past training classes or workshops attended||Up to 20|
|Narrative Statement ( A clear and compelling
statement of career goals related to the Park Ranger
profession and degree that the scholarship will help the
person achieve their career goals)
|Up to 40|
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