NRPA 2017 Fellowship and Scholarship Award Winners Announced | Athletic Business

NRPA 2017 Fellowship and Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Source: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Park and recreation professionals and students recognized for making significant contributions to field   


Ashburn, Va. (July 14, 2017) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2017 Fellowship and Scholarship Program. Awarded annually, NRPA’s Young Professional Fellowship, Diversity Scholarship and Student Scholarship aim to inspire young professionals to participate in and pursue a future leadership role within NRPA — the leading organization for park and recreation professionals nationwide.

The 2017 fellowship and scholarship award winners include:

  • NRPA Diversity Scholarship
    • Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Ithaca, New York
    • Kobeyeh Riley, Mint Hill, North Carolina
  • NRPA Student Scholarship
    • Mary Elise Conzelmann, Arcata, California
    • Dakota Hewlett, East Lansing, Michigan                       
  • NRPA Young Professional Fellowship
    • Brianne Baglini, Fairfax, Virginia
    • Derek Donlevy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • Nicole Fields, Buffalo, New York
    • Kevin Witte, Mountlake Terrace, Washington

“The future of our organization is dependent on the participation of today’s young professionals and students,” said Barbara Tulipane, CAE, NRPA president and CEO. “That’s why we are proud to offer a fellowship and scholarship program that provides an in-depth view of our organization and its importance.”

The award winners will be recognized at the 2017 NRPA Annual ConferenceSept. 26–28, where they will meet with NRPA leadership and attend various conference sessions and meetings with an assigned mentor.

To learn more about NRPA’s Fellowship and Scholarship Program, visit       

To learn more about NRPA, visit

About The National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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