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 2021 SDPRA scholarship recipients


Carter Vogel (left) and Sunni Josephson(right) recieve $2,000 scholarship awards from SDPRA Treasurer, Josh Cleveland (center).

Sunni Josephson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Carter Vogel of Brownsdale, MN, have each been names the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship presents by the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA).

“We have a very diverse and competitive applications this year from two 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.

Josephson is a junior at South Dakota State University (SDSU), majoring in Conservation Planning & Park Management. “I have gained a great sense of accomplishment being affiliated with our state’s parks and recreation field. My job affiliated with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks has brought me much admiration for what our state members are doing to encourage positive interactions with our natural environment,” said Sunni.

Vogel is also a Junior at South Dakota State University (SDSU), majoring in Conservation Planning and Park Management. “Growing up, our family vacations always centered around visiting state parks and recreation areas across the U.S. I aspire to one day find myself at the helm of my own team at a South Dakota state or national park. To be responsible for the operation of a state park and making its unique and special natural features and recreation opportunities accessible to the public is, in my opinion, one of the most noble occupations of our time,” said Carter.

The students were recognized at the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association’s annual conference in Watertown, SD.