Bursaries & Scholarships
Student Bursary Applications
Anne Robins Scholarship - $1,000
The Anne Robins Scholarship will be awarded to one Therapeutic Recreation Student who meets the following criteria:
- A high academic average
- Of Indigenous ancestry
- Is actively involved in their community
- Is actively involved in the profession
Anne is a strong métis woman with a passion for recreation. A true advocate for our profession, active member of our association and a firm believer in making a lasting difference in the lives of those she serves.
Roy Ellis Bursary - $1,000
The Roy Ellis Bursary is provided annually to one student in at least their second year of a leisure-related post-secondary program that includes recreation, sport, and culture. It acknowledges the contributions made by Mr. Roy Ellis to the leisure services field in Saskatchewan. Each Associate Member (must be enrolled as a full time student in post secondary studies) is eligible to win this one time only bursary.
Roy, a native of Moose Jaw, started in the field as the City’s aquatic director. After the war, where he served in the RCAF, he moved to Saskatoon. He filled several positions including assistant recreation director for the City of Saskatoon, recreation director of St. Mary’s Parish, and superintendent of recreation classes in the Saskatoon separate school system.
In 1960 Roy was hired by the Provincial government as the south-central regional recreation supervisor, headquartered in Moose Jaw. During the next six years he worked to establish recreation boards and regional associations in the rural communities in the area. For most municipalities in Saskatchewan this was their first attempt to build municipal and regional recreation organizations. He was a pioneer in this development. In 1966, he was appointed the director of regional field services in the newly organized Youth Agency, a position he held until his retirement. He was considered by most to be “The Father of Regional Associations” and many referred to him as “Mr. Recreation” for his fiery speeches on the importance of recreation especially for youth in building their leadership capacities.
For his own recreation, he was an avid swimmer, fisherman, and wilderness canoeist. Some of his favorite moments were with his two sons, Paul and Mark, on the canoe trips. He also enjoyed sitting around the campfire sharing stories of people he worked with in the Province.
TJ Biemans Bursary - $1,000
The TJ Biemans Bursary is a new bursary provided annually to one student in a leisure-related post-secondary program that includes recreation, sport, and culture. Each Associate Member (must be enrolled as a full time student in post-secondary studies) is eligible to win one time only bursary.
TJ, originally from Watson, attended SIAST in the Recreation and Leisure Management Diploma Program, then continue his education at the University of Regina to attain his Kinesiology and Health Studies Degree. He started working in the field as a small town Recreation Director in Spiritwood and has since held various positions within the province in health, non-profit organizations and recreation. TJ has filled vacancies in the S.A.R.P. office a couple of times over the years. He has a vast knowledge of the recreation sector in Canada having volunteered on national boards, including the C.P.R.A. TJ has a passion for parks and recreation and is a true advocate for our profession.
TJ continues to share his knowledge with recreation practitioners through volunteering and his two private ventures: Prairie Grave Care LTD and Biemans Consulting.
For his own recreation, he enjoys anything outdoors, travelling, learning something new and quiet days at the lake.
Board of Directors Scholarship - $1,000
The Board of Directors Scholarship is a new scholarship provided annually to one student in a recreation related post-secondary program that includes recreation, sport, and culture. It acknowledges the contributions made by the S.A.R.P. Board of Directors to the recreation field in Saskatchewan over the last 50 years. The Board has been made up of many accomplished recreation professionals over the years since its inception in 1969. Each Associate Member (must be enrolled as a full time student in post secondary studies) is eligible to win this one time only Scholarship.