2019 Scholarship Recipients

Annually, the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association awards scholarships to promising students who are majoring in a South Dakota college and university with parks and recreation emphasis. 

Congratulations to the 2019 SDPRA scholarship recipients

Logan Haak (left) and Paige O’Farrell (right) recieve $2,000 scholarship awards from SDPRA Treasurer, Josh Cleveland (center).

Paige O’Farrell of Sioux Falls, SD, and Logan Haak of Yankton, SD, have each been named the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship presented by the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA). 

“We have a very diverse and competitive applications this year from three colleges and six different academic programs, including outdoor education, wildlife management, recreation management, conservation, and park management,” said Stella Liu, Scholarship Chair for the association. “The scholarship is a great investment in our youth for SDPRA and the future parks and recreation in South Dakota.”

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

O’Farrell is a second-year master’s student at South Dakota State University (SDSU), majoring in Sport and Recreation Administration. In the past three and half years, she worked nearly 2,000 hours planning and teaching hunting, fishing, environmental education, and outdoor skills classes to the people of Sioux Falls. Currently, she is the programming intern at Dakota Nature Park and Brookings County Outdoor Adventure Center in Brookings.

“I grew up in a family that preferred trips to national parks over trips to amusement parks,” O’Farrell said. Her parents are Scott and Shelly O’Farrell of Sioux Falls, SD.

Haak is a senior at South Dakota State University (SDSU), majoring in Sport and Recreation Management. He believes that parks and recreation give people in communities different opportunities to feel pride in themselves and in their communities. For the past three summers he worked in the public recreation sector, where he spent time teaching summer classes and managing the cashiers at the local pool.

“I saw myself making an impact and getting young kids and students excited about being outdoors and participating in an activity with other kids rather than sitting inside in front of a screen,” Haak said. His parents are Loren and Gina Haak of Yankton, SD.