Partners in the Parks Scholarships

Partners in the Park is an experiential learning program sponsored by Southern Utah University in cooperation with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the U.S. National Park Service. The university organizes projects, at national parks across the country, that offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance, and lasting value. 

Seminars led by university faculty and park personnel include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important topics unique to a given park. Projects will also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participants’ understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens. Read more here.

Application: The application for the Partners in the Park and Honors Semesters includes identifying information, a 500-word essay detailing student expectations and goals, the total amount of the tuition and other financial support, and a 150-200-word statement of support for the student from the Director/Dean.

Click here to apply for a Partners in the Parks Scholarship.

  1. Eligible Expenses: Scholarships are for registration fees or tuition only.

  2. Maximum Award: The maximum scholarship per student per experience is $600.

  3. Total Number of Scholarships: NRHC offers up to five (5) scholarships each year for Partners in the Park and ten (10) scholarships for Honors Semester experiences.

  4. Institutional Membership Requirement: Students applying for one of these scholarships must be from an institutional member of NRHC in the academic year (including the following summer) of the chosen experience.

  5. Institutional Student Limit: No more than two (2) students from a member institution may receive a scholarship in any one calendar year for a Partners in the Park experience. No more than two (2) students from a member institution may receive a scholarship in any one calendar year for the Honors Semester.

  6. Student Limit: A student may receive a scholarship for a particular experience only once. A student may receive only one scholarship in any one year. For example, a student could receive a Partners in the Park scholarship one year, and an Honors Semester scholarship another year, but not in the same year.

  7. Basis of Award: Scholarships are awarded competitively based on the quality of the application.

  8. Deadlines: The Partners in the Park scholarship application will be open year-round. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

  9. Submission: All application materials should be submitted to the NRHC website. Once institutional membership is verified, the application will be forwarded to the NRHC Scholarship Selection Committee, consisting of the two faculty representatives and one of the two student representatives OR the vice-president.

  10. Reflective Essay Requirement: The student receiving a scholarship for Partners in the Park or an Honors Semester must submit a 500-word reflective essay to the NRHC secretary within one month (30 days) of completing the experience. The essay will be posted at the NRHC website. Failure to submit a reflective essay within the 30 days results in forfeiture of the scholarship.

  11. Reimbursement: Upon the timely submission of the reflective essay, the NRHC treasurer will reimburse the party responsible for paying the experience registration fee or tuition—either the Honors Program or the student—as noted on the application form.