Each year the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA) recognizes organizations and individuals for their work and dedication to communities through parks and recreation. Awards are selected by past and present SDPRA board members, composed of parks and recreation professionals.

2020 award recipients | Previous award recipients


Award Nominations

To nominate an individual or group for an award, please complete the necessary award application. Nominations are accepted at any time. Awards are presented at the annual meeting each fall.

Jean Pearson, SDPRA Awards Chair

Student Scholarships

2019 scholarship recipients

The SDPRA student scholarship program promotes and supports excellence in the field of parks and recreation by providing financial assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a South Dakota college and university with parks and recreation emphasis. Two students in the recreation, parks and/or natural resource management are each awarded a $2,000 scholarship following review of applications.

  • Deadline: Aug. 31, 2021
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a short essay, their resume and school transcript.
  • Questions to: Dr. Hung-Ling (Stella) Lui, SDPRA Scholarship Chair, 605-688-6163, email