Student Scholarship Application

Kyle Smith is a M.S. student in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department at North Carolina State University. He is a past resort, campground and recreational vehicle industry professional excited about continuing his education in pursuit of teaching recreation at a collegiate level. In conjunction with school, Kyle works with Recreation Resources Service, a technical assistance program for parks and recreation agencies in North Carolina, as their Graduate Extension Assistant. He currently serves RCRA as the Awards Committee and Approved Internship Site Committee Chair, and had been involved with the organization since 2012. He is a proud alumni of Appalachian State University and is excited to be back in North Carolina!
Committee Involvement:
> Board Chair – Approved Internship Sites
> Board Chair – Award’s Committee


Dear Valued RCRA Young Professional Members,

Every year there is an opportunity for RCRA Young Professional Members currently enrolled in a college or university to submit a Scholarship Application to work during the Annual National Conference - this year being held at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida - in order to assist in defraying their conference fees. This year, the Scholarship Committee is offering a revitalized scholarship opportunity that we believe you will find very exciting.
Each selected scholarship winner will be expected to assist for approximately ten hours during the conference. The assignments will vary from assisting with the social committee, selling raffle tickets, decorating for events or introducing guest speakers. As a bonus, this year you will be given a board member as your mentor during the conference. This board member will provide you with information regarding the conference, properties that you may be interested in and so much more.  We truly believe this will give you an opportunity to better understand all aspects of the association as well as learn from some of the best in our industry.
In recognition of your service, each scholarship winner will receive a certificate of appreciation and $125 refund off the conference registration fee. To be considered, the student must be a current RCRA member as well as a paid conference attendee.
Please go to to read more on the Scholarship Application process.
Be sure not to delay in submitting your application as there are a very limited number of scholarships available.  All applications should be sent to the below address or via email to or before September 30, 2016.
c/o Kyle Smith
NC State University
3024 Biltmore Hall
Campus Box 8004
Raleigh, NC 27695
We look forward to seeing you in November!
RCRA Scholarship Committee


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Dr. Matthew Chase is a professor of Recreation and Tourism Management at Eastern Washington University. He also serves as co-chair for the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. Dr. Chase has been working in the field of higher education for over 28 years. He began his career as a university outdoor programmer and was eventually promoted to the position of Dean of Students. In 2000, he left student affairs and began a second career in academics. Prior to his employment in higher education, Dr. Chase worked for the National Park Service as a Mountaineering Ranger. During the winter season he was employed as a professional ski patrolman. Dr. Chase also served in the United Sates Air Force as a Pararescueman.  Over the years, Dr. Chase has pursued activities such as high altitude mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking. Today, in his late-50s, Dr. Chase is still active in the outdoors and continues to coach and mentor young people who are interested in becoming outdoor leaders. Dr. Chase speaks regularly to audiences around the region and country on topics such as leadership and community development, generational differences, change management, balance in our personal and professional lives, and a whole host of topics related to outdoor leadership, risk management, and safety.