CSPRA Member Professional Training & Scholarship Program
The California State Park Rangers Association places a strong emphasis on professional training and career development. To that end, CSPRA offers its members financial assistance through scholarships under the direction of the CSPRA Education and Training Committee.
A concern of our members continues to be the issue of unstable funding of training for individual employees. Operational dollars are often aimed at the problems of specific parks, programs, or the system as a whole. Many times excellent training is not 100% supported by the state for individual employees. CSPRA attempts to bridge that gap with its scholarship program. To that end, CSPRA offers it's members financial assistance through scholarships under the direction of the CSPRA Education and Training Committee and the Whitehead Scholarship Fund. The Application process is described below.
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CSPRA Scholarship Application Procedure
1. Ask for training support through normal Department channels. Training the Department does not support is where the CSPRA scholarship comes in. Copy your disapproved training request.
2. The next step is to write a brief letter with information about the training details, attach a copy of the disapproved training request from the Department, as described above. For more assistance, contact the ETMS Employee User Help Files or your ETMS Training Coordinator.
3. Fill out a Scholarship Application.
Send those 3 items to:
Are there restrictions for the scholarships?
Yes, here's our policy.
It shall be the policy of the California State Park Rangers Association to implement the following procedures concerning scholarships offered to its members:
The CSPRA board reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.
How successful has the CSPRA Scholarship Program been?
Over the last fifteen years, almost $30,000 in scholarships have been made available to members to attend a historic preservation class given by the Sagamore Institute, training to learn how to make a wooden bow from a bowmaster in Texas, the National Association of Interpreters Conference, a course on Elementary Science and how to teach kids from K-6 at Hayward State University, a course on Basic River Canoeing, a conference by the Association for Living Historical Farmers and Agricultural Museums, a leadership training course sponsored by Leadership Santa Cruz County, the California Mission Studies Conference, and even a scholarship to attend the CSPRA conference held this year. This variety in training supported by CSPRA is reflective of our State Park professional members needs.