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2019 Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award


2019 Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award

The Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award is presented to an individual who has shown qualities and skills needed to attain positions of leadership in the field of parks and recreation through their contributions to advancing the field, their creativity in creating or managing programs, and their participation in professional organizations, such as NRPA.
The nomination deadline is March 29, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Nominee must be an NRPA member.
  • Nominee must be 35 years of age or younger (at time of nomination due date) OR have 5 - 7 years of experience in the park and recreation field.
  • Certification through national program (preferred)
  • Exhibit outstanding service to the field of parks and recreation
  • Provide effective leadership in the field of parks and recreation in research, advocacy, or community efforts to advance the field
  • Have served as a speaker, moderator, or panel member for state or national conference, school, or workshop; or
  • Submitted an article for publication for a professional media (i.e., state or national magazine).

Required Materials:
  • Answers to the questions provided below -- Nominator provides essays
  • Nominee's resume which includes the educational history and career summary including a complete description of the nominee's current position, responsibilities, and volunteer activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from the candidate's current supervisor)

Optional Materials:
  • One additional supplemental item which highlights the nominee's efforts and achievements

Nomination Instructions:
  • All nominations must be received by NRPA no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 29, 2019. NRPA will not return any materials submitted with the nomination.
  • Nominator may only nominate using this official nomination form. Self nominations will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically using this survey format. Supplemental materials must be submitted in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format and included with the application.
  • Submit no more than one supplemental item. (If submitting a link, please provide URL address, not a hyperlink, to ensure connectivity).
  • Nomination is automatically disqualified if it does not meet criteria, submission instructions or if the responses are over the word limit.
  • This format has a save and continue feature that is located at the bottom of the question pages.

For more information, contact the NRPA Awards Program at (703) 858-2196 or