Inspire. Educate. Support.

 We are fortunate to make our living in the very dynamic and rewarding profession of parks and recreation.

Regardless of the position you hold,  you are making a difference in the lives of your constituency. Though your journey is not over, we are asking you to Pay it Forward, to reach back and help equip the next generation of park and recreation professionals. How? Through a tax deductible donation to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. The endowment is housed within the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation and only the interest earned can be used to support IPRA member’s educational and professional development needs. The principal will remain intact to ensure that the funds donated by individuals like you, will be used to help build the future of parks and recreation professionals throughout the state of Illinois for years to come.

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The annual Joint Section Golf Outing is coordinated by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation, and the goal of the event is to raise proceeds that will support and fund student and professional scholarships for IPRA members. This year's event will take place at the beautiful Tanna Farms in Geneva, IL. The outing format will consist of a shot-gun start, and groups will play "best ball". Lunch and dinner are included with registration, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle. Come out and enjoy a fun day of networking and golfing with your fellow colleagues, and help support scholarship opportunities for IPRA professionals.

For questions regarding the event, contact Tim Reinbold at To inquire about registration, contact IPRA Membership Manager Sheila Mulvey at
9/22/2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tanna Farms Golf Course 38W808 Hughes Road Geneva, IL 60134 UNITED STATES

Professional Scholarships

Scholarships are invested toward today’s leaders to attend IPRA professional development or continuing education opportunities.

Rod Aiken Memorial Fund

This scholarship was developed in memory and honor of Rod Aiken, who was committed to the development of new leaders of the Illinois park and recreation system. This scholarship is dedicated to financial assistance for awarded recipients to attend and participate in the IPRA Leadership Academy.

Commonality in Diversity Fund Scholarships

This scholarship was developed to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of parks and recreation.

Student Scholarships

The development of tomorrow’s leaders is integral to the mission of IPRF, as scholarships are provided to attend the Annual Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Wilson Family Public Servant Fund

This scholarship was established by John and Barb Wilson in memory and honor of the family of John W. Wilson. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor the work characteristics, dedication for serving members of public institutions in the most professional & caring matter, to award who portray similar professional and public service work traits as members of the Wilson Family and to set an example of paying it forward to say “thank you”. The scholarship is exclusively for young professionals who are members in good standing with the SSPRPA. This scholarship is dedicated to financial assistance for awarded recipients to attend and participate in the IPRA Supervisor Symposium and the IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference.

Member Benefit Events Funding is provided to enhance continuing education and professional development opportunities, such as ProConnect and ProConnect South, which places professionals of various backgrounds and career experience into a three-part mentoring team.

Special Assistance/Disaster Relief financial support is provided to assist an agency or individual member, including relief to mitigate the negative impact of an emergency or disaster that has affected the ability to provide park and recreation service.