Honor Fellow Award

As the highest recognition bestowed by WRPA to an individual, the Honor Fellow Award recognizes an individual’s dedication and achievement in the field of parks and recreation. The individual selected must be equal in mind, character, and professionalism to those who have preceded him or her and must set an example for those who will follow.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years of service as a parks and recreation professional
  • Minimum of 10 years as a WRPA member

Evaluation Criteria

Nominated individuals should demonstrate a consistent commitment to the field of parks and recreation, service to his or her community and assist in furthering the goals of WRPA. In addition, they have made contributions in at least four of the following areas:

  • Broad range of parks and recreation experiences, including progressive levels of responsibility
  • Held appointed and elected leadership positions
  • Committee work related to parks and recreation over a two-year period with local, state or national organizations
  • Presented at conferences, assemblies, meetings or other such gatherings to promote parks and recreation
  • Contributed articles for handbooks, newspapers or magazines in the interest of parks and recreation
  • Conducted research that promotes the parks and recreation profession
  • Significantly contributed to WRPA in ways that have affected the philosophy and practices of the organization
  • Repeatedly accepted and eagerly welcomed leadership responsibility within WRPA

Nomination Process

  • Complete the online nomination form, where you will be asked to provide the following information:
    • Contact information for nomination
    • Nominee’s name, title, organization, years they have been active in parks and recreation, and if they are a WRPA member
    • A brief overview of the nominee’s contributions to the field of parks and recreation.
    • A brief overview of the nominee’s contributions to their community.
    • Information on how the nominee has furthered the goals of WRPA.
  • Email the following items to the WRPA office:
    • Nominee’s resume and/or a brief employment/volunteer history and a list of key professional accomplishments.
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 2-3 high resolution photos of the nominee