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Award Winning Students

CSULB Recreation Majors include many award winning students!

Recreation majors have been recipients of

College and University Awards

            CSULB Distinguished Alumni Award

            CSULB Outstanding Graduate Award

Scholarships Awarded by

California Foundation for Parks and Recreation (state wide scholarships)

California Professional Associations (regional scholarships) including

California Parks and Recreation Society District 10 Scholarships and Awards

Women in Leisure Services Gamma Chapter Scholarships and Awards

Recreation and Leisure Studies Alumni Association Scholarships

National Scholarships

Women in Philanthropy

CSULB Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year CSULB recognizes one alumnus from each of the seven colleges in the university. 

Dr. Steven Molina, 2013

Nancy Beard, 2011

Oliver Cagel

Bill Wood

CSULB Outstanding Graduate Award

Each year CSULB recognizes one outstanding undergraduate student from each of the seven colleges in the university.  :

Victoria Storberg, 2007

April Arrozal, 2006


California Foundation for Parks and Recreation Scholarships

Every year California Foundation for Parks and Recreation (CFPR) serves as the selection committee for scholarship generously sponsored by individuals and associations affiliated with California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS).  Undergraduates and graduates students living and working through the state can apply for these scholarships, which are awarded annually in conjunction with the annual CPRS conference.  Below is a short summary of scholarship awarded by CFPR and CSULB recipients of those scholarships:

Ann Arge Nathan Spirit Award

The family of therapeutic recreation professor Ann Arge Nathan awards as many as four scholarships each year her memory. This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Rebecca Kopczack, 2013

Erin Hipsman, 2012

Christina Theobold, 2012

S. Vanessa Prado, 2011

Erin Peyton, 2009

Candice Doung, 2006

Vicki Storberg, 2006

California Association of Parks & Recreation Commissioners and Board Members (CAPRCBM)

Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members throughout the state support scholarship recognizing outstanding students dedicated to pursuing careers in public parks and recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Kelly Teeter (graduate student), 2013

Roya Sorooshian, 2006

Teague Scholarship from CAPRCBM

The Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members and the Teague family sponsor this scholarship recognizing outstanding students dedicated to pursuing careers in public parks and recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

DJ Albarian, 2013

Kelley Reetz, 2006

Dr. Fred A. Brooks CPRS Park Operations Scholarship

Dr. Fred A. Brooks was a professor of recreation who teaching and scholarship address park maintenance and operations.  Many members of the CPRS Park Operators Section studied with and/or worked with Dr. Brooks.  This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Josh Lainfiesta, 2013

Ashley Turcotte, 2012

CPRS Ethnic Minorities Section Scholarship

Member of the CPRS Ethnic Minority Section sponsor a scholarship that recognizes an outstanding minority student working in the field of recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Cynthia Navarette, 2006

CPRS Therapeutic Recreation Section Scholarship

The California Parks and Recreation Society Therapeutic Recreation Section sponsors a scholarship recognizing an outstanding student with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Phillip Salmon, 2011

CPRS Administrators Section

The California Parks and Recreation Society Administrators Section sponsors a scholarship recognizing an outstanding student majoring in Recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Marina Rabinovich, 2009

CPRS District 10 Scholarship

In addition to sponsoring scholarships within the district, District 10 of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) sponsors scholarships awarded by CFPR.  This scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduate students who are qualified to be members of District 10 by working in recreation, studying recreation, or living within District 10 (Southern Los Angeles and Orange County).  Recipients of this award include:

Lance Evans, 2013

Brian Corderio, 2012

Wynndi Dahlin, 2012

Phillip Salmon, 2011

Marina Rabinovich, 2009

Women in Leisure Services

In addition to sponsoring scholarships awarded by their local chapters, Women in Leisure Services sponsors scholarships awarded by CFPR.  This scholarship recognizes outstanding women majoring in Recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Marina Rabinovich, 2009

Christina Raygoza, 2006

Melissa Z. Kannas Memorial Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Melissa Z. Kannas, this scholarship recognizes a minority woman who is an outstanding undergraduate student of hospitality and tourism.   Recipients of this award include:

Mandy Zeigler, 2012

Korfhage & Kuss Scholarship

Jonathan Korfhage sponsors this scholarship to support an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in recreation.  Recipients of this award include:

Ashley Wysocki, 2006

Jose Nonaca Scholarship

The family of Jose Nonaca sponsor a scholarship awarded in honor of his memory.  Recipients of this award include:

Wynndi Dahlin, 2012

Dr. Robert E. Meyers Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in honor of Dr. Robert E. Meyers, Jr.  Recipients of this award include:

Brandy Bandaruk, 2009


CPRS District 10

District 10 of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) sponsors scholarships for students working in recreation within the district.  Multiple scholarships are awarded each year.  These include scholarship sponsored by specific committees or sections within District 10, and district scholarship for which the award level is analogous to the value of specific precious metals.

Platinum Scholarship

Cecily Renteria, 2012 (alum who is a graduate student in Public Policy & Administration)

Brandy Bandaruk, 2009

Dominique Flores, 2008

Christina Flores, 2007

Kristen Hara, 2007

Kelley Reetz, 2006

Gold Scholarship

Veronica Luna, 2013

DJ Albarian, 2013

McKenzie Ricks, 2012

Nicholette Davis, 2009

Dominique Flores, 2009

Nancy Reyes, 2009

Barbara Ortiz, 2008

Chris Ponce, 2007

Amanda Stemen (Graduate Student), 2007

Rene Camarena, 2006

Laura Buchanan (Graduate Student), 2006

Silver Scholarship

Rebecca Kopczak, 2013

Elise Rodriguez, 2013

Erin Peyton, 2012

DJ Albarian, 2009

Karen Gaspar, 2009

Robert Hernandez, 2009

Julio Palacios, 2009

Heather Stephenson, 2008

Allison Carpenter, 2007

Roni Fox, 2007

Francie Vander Lugt, 2007

Edward Moreno, 2007

Candice Doung, 2006

Adrianna Wilson (Graduate Student), 2006

Bronze Scholarship

Josh Lainfiesta, 2013

Erin Hipsman, 2012

Wynndi Dahlin, 2012

Heather Barlow, 2006

Consortium Scholarship

Chris Ponce, 2008

Past President Scholarship

Keya Allen, 2008

President’s Award

The President’s Awards are determined by the District President in recognition for outstanding contribution to the district. 

Kelley Reetz, 2006, in recognition of her work initiating career development workshops in which students majoring in recreation gain feedback on their resumes and job applications from recreation professionals.

CPRS District 9

District 9 of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) sponsors scholarships for students working in recreation within the district. 

Michelle Lynch, 2009

Women in Leisure Services (WILS)

Women in Leisure Services (WILS) is a professional sorority that sponsors scholarships for students working in recreation.  Multiple scholarships are awarded each year.  

Dolores Thompson Scholarship

Names in honor of the founder of Women in Leisure Services, the Dolores Thompson Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by WILS. 

Veronica Luna, 2013

Stephanie Martinez (Graduate Student in Public Policy who is a REC Department Alum), 2006

Corporate Sponsored Scholarship

Erin Peyton, 2012

Past President Scholarship

Kelley Reetz, 2006

Gamma Scholarship

Elsie Rodriguez, 2013

Yukyeong (Katie) Byeon, 2013

Candice Doung, 2006

Professional Scholarship

Awarded to recreation professionals in recognition of service to WILS.  

Valarie Frost, 2013

Kristina Freeman (CSULB alumni), 2012

Kristen Reid (CSULB alumni), 2012

Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation

The Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) is a professional association of those working in youth and adult athletic programs in municipal recreation.  Scholarships are awarded to students interesting in careers in youth and adult athletic programs in municipal recreation.  

Marc Silverberg, 2006

Health Net

Health Net awards a scholarship each year to a student pursuing a career in a health profession.  

Saori “Sunny” Yoshimura, 2006

Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies Alumni Association Scholarships

Department alumni support and award scholarships honoring several department faculty.

Marilyn Jensen Graduate Student Award

Dr. Marilyn Jensen, emeriti professor, who is known for her commitment to graduate education in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The 2012 Marilyn Jensen Graduate Student Award recipient is:

Athena Yea, 2013

McKenzie Rick, 2012

Jaeyon Choe, 2006

Laurel Richmond, Marilyn Jensen Award of Merit, 2006

Adrianna Wilson, Marilyn Jensen Award of Merit, 2006

Jack Minar Channel Islands Scholarship

Professor Jack Minar established the Outdoor Recreation Program and taught the Recreation in the Ocean Environment Class, taking groups of students to Santa Barbara Island in Channel Islands National Park for over 20 years. Jack Minar Channel Islands Scholarship recipients are:

Kelly Harp Gage, 2012

Roya Sorooshian, 2006

CeEtta Crayton Scholarship

Professor CeEtta Crayton founded the Therapeutic Recreation Program at CSULB and was a founding member of the Ethnic Minority Section of CPRS.  This scholarship honors her memory by recognizing undergraduate students who demonstrate professional and career promise by volunteering or working in the recreation field to foster individual and/or community development with underserved populations while maintaining a strong academic record,. CeEtta Crayton Scholarship recipients are:

Rebecca Kopczak, 2013

Rebecca Kopczak, 2012

Tiffany Prior, 2006

Randy Andersen Leadership Award

Randy Anderson taught the Recreation Leadership courses for over 15 years. This memorial scholarship honors her by recognizing students who exemplify the characteristics of leadership and who has been an inspirational leader to their peers throughout their collegiate careers. Randy Andersen Scholarship recipients are:

Wynndi Dahlin, 2012

Vicki Storberg, 2006

Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies David Gray Award

Named in honor of the Department founder and first Department Chair, this award recognizes an outstanding student leader who exemplifies the values of the recreation profession.

Jillian Koehring, 2006

CSULB’s Community Service Award

Each year California State University Long Beach recognizes a student for outstanding contributions in community service.

April Arrozal, 2006

Gladdes Neff Soroptimist Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding California State University Long Beach student in the last year of a degree in a health care field.  

Vicki Storberg, 2006

Women in Philanthropy Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to re-entry students.

Robert Schallert, 2013

ATRA Peg Connelly Scholarship

Scholarships are by the American Therapeutic Recreation Society (ATRA) to students pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy.

Daniel Huss, 2006

SPRE Future Scholars

Scholarships are awarded by the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators (SPRE) to promising graduate students interested in an academic career.

Heather Carter, 2006

National Hispanic Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic Heritage.

Christina Raygoza, 2006