Metropolitan New York Recreation & Park Society, Inc.
Awards & Scholarships 2012
AWARD OF THE YEAR: Mimi Fierle
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Nicholas Skirka
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Victor Popovsky
CORPORATE AWARD: Economy Crafts
VOLUNTEER AWARD: Jeanne P. Gurnis
STUDENT OF THE YEAR Stephen Sciame
LESTER RHOADS SCHOLARSHIP - Keisha Escoffery
DOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR MEHSERLE SCHOLARSHIP - Marguerite Zampin
THOMAS J. CARROLL SCHOLARSHIP - Adriana Grecco
METROPOLITAN NEW YORK RECREATION AND PARKS SOCIETY, INC
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To enable students who have demonstrated exceptional ability
and superior performance in their academic program in
Recreation And Leisure Studies and who have demonstrated
a strong commitment to developing a career as a recreation/leisure
services professional to continue pursuing an undergraduate
or graduate degree in Recreation/Leisure Services.
1. Must be a member of METRO by at least March 1st of the
year in which the award is given.
2. Must be a part-time or full-time student in a degree
granting accredited program in Recreation And Leisure Studies
in the New York City metropolitan area.
Part-time students shall have completed at least half of
the Recreation courses required for their program (degree).
The faculty member who is recommending the student/s will
make the determination that the student has already made
significant progress towards attaining the degree in the
3. Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in Recreation
course work on standard 4.0 scale.
4. Must be available to
attend METRO’s Annual Awards
Banquet in the spring to accept the scholarship.
5. Must submit a complete application with supporting
documents by the deadline date specified for the year in
which you are applying.
Prior METRO Scholarship recipients are not eligible.
Qualified applicants will be selected based on the following:
1. Professional goals and interests
2. Participation in Recreation and Leisure Studies Clubs;
Conferences; and/or Community Service Work or Civic Work
- voluntary or paid
3. Financial need
Evaluation of the above, criteria will be based upon the
following required documents:
• Complete application, including comprehensive essay
Official College transcript showing current semester course
work and course work completed to date; bursar’s
receipt for the current semester, and
• Three (3) written recommendations - at least one of which
shall be from the Director of Recreation/Leisure Services
Program at the college or university in which the student
is currently enrolled.
If you are interested in applying, please see or call one
of the following:
• Prof. Michele Bracco (718) 368-5197/5831 Kingsborough Community
• Dr. Robin Kunstler (718) 960-8589 Lehman College
Dr. Gail Lamberta (631) 447-3200 St. Joseph’s College,
(718) 636-6868 Brooklyn Campus
• Prof. Charles Alston (718) 289-5100 x 5147 Bronx Community College
Applications may be submitted anytime between February
1st and March 15th for the year in which you are applying.
There are three METRO Student Scholarships available. The
presentation of these monetary awards will take place at
the Annual METRO Awards Dinner to be held in May of the
year you apply.
METROPOLITAN NEW YORK RECREATION AND PARKS SOCIETY, INC.
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Phone: (Daytime) ________________________________
College Currently Attending: _______________________________________
Degree to be attained: A.A.S _____ M.S. or M.A. _____
B.S. or B.A. _____ Ph.D. or Ed.D. _____
Minor (if any): __________________________________
Anticipated Graduation Date: _____________________
Current G.P.A.: ____________
Please respond to the following questions in a brief and
1. Please list past and present work experiences in the
field of Recreation/Leisure Studies. Please indicate number
of hours per week, paid or volunteer and length of experience.
Field work internships done as part of the required course
work for your degree can be included.
2. Please discuss any extra-curricular activity/ies you
feel have contributed to your academic and professional
development and why/how (i.e. Day Camp Counselor; Scouting;
3. On a separate sheet of paper, please write a brief essay
describing your philosophy of Recreation or Therapeutic
Recreation and your career goals and objectives. (Please
do not exceed more than one typewritten page.)
4. Print and sign you full name and date the completed
5. Return the completed application with a transcript and
recommendations no later than March 15th of the year you
are applying. Send to:
Prof. Michele Bracco
Physical Education, Recreation & Recreation Therapy
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Room E – 115
Brooklyn, New York 11235
For more information or questions call Prof. Bracco at
Applicants will be notified in the event that an application
is received incomplete. Applicant/s will have five days
to submit any omitted portion/s, otherwise they will be
Deadline for receipt of all supporting documents (i.e.
transcripts and letters of recommendation) is March 15th
in the year for which you are applying.