Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science Department

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

Degutis, Ernest Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • Full-time juniors and seniors
  • Must be a declared major in Exercise & Sport Science
  • 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Show outstanding achievement in four of the following five areas (special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, community service and unique endeavors)

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate and family of Ernest Degutis.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Western Exercise & Sport Science faculty in consultation with the Admissions Office and Financial Aid as needed. Award made at the end of the Spring Semester each year.

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • High School seniors to college seniors
  • Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
  • Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
  • Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

 

Eastman Award In Recreation & Outdoor Education

Eastman New Student Award

Eligibility

  • Must be a new freshmen or a new transfer student
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Freshmen must also have 21 ACT/990 SAT
  • Must show documented commitment to the Recreation & Outdoor Education major at Western
  • Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

 

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership

Description

This scholarship is provided by Don Eastman.

Amount depends on fund availability.

Selected by: Western ROE Faculty

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information

 Phone: 970.943.2010 | Office: Wright Gym 209

Eastman Awards in Recreation & Outdoor Education

Eligibility

The Eastman Awards recognize and encourage ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement in the recreation field.

There are four awards available:

1.) New Student Award

Open to both new freshmen and new transfer students. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and freshmen must also have a 21 ACT or 990 SAT. Students must also show a documented commitment to recreation as their major field of study at Western. Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership 
2.) Achievement Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must act as an outstanding role model in and out of the classroom and uphold the values of the recreation and leisure profession.  Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
3.) Service to Humanity Award 

Available to junior and senior ROE majors. Must provide documentation of their outstanding service project(s).

4.) Eastman Academic Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the ROE program. Students must act as an outstanding academic role model.

Description

This scholarship is provided by Don Eastman.

Amount depends on fund availability.

Selected by: ROE Faculty

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209  

Eastman Awards in Recreation & Outdoor Education (ROE)

Eligibility

  • ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement

There are four Eastman Awards available:

1.) New Student Award

Open to both new freshmen and new transfer students. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and freshmen must also have a 21 ACT or 990 SAT. Students must also show a documented commitment to recreation as their major field of study at Western. Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership 
2.) Achievement Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must act as an outstanding role model in and out of the classroom and uphold the values of the recreation and leisure profession.  Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
3.) Service to Humanity Award 

Available to junior and senior ROE majors. Must provide documentation of their outstanding service project(s).

4.) Eastman Academic Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the ROE program. Students must act as an outstanding academic role model.

Description

This scholarship is provided by Don Eastman, they are intended to recognize and encourage ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement in the recreation field.

Amount depends on fund availability.

Selected by: ROE Faculty.

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209  

Ernest Degutis Scholarship

The Ernest Degutis Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Exercise & Sport Science (ESS) majors with demonstrated excellence in academics and outstanding achievement in personal fields.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • ESS Major
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • Demonstrated excellence in academics
  • Show outstanding achievement in four of the following:
    • Special talents
    • Leadership
    • Obstacles overcome
    • Community service
    • Unique endeavors
Application Procedures:
  • A written letter of application - please include local address
  • Unofficial transcript (may use DegreeWorks)
  • Two letters of recommendation from Western faculty or staff
    • Letters must NOT be from ESS department members
    • At least one letter must be from a faculty member
  • Essay addressing at least four of the five areas listed above

The Ernest Degutis Scholarship is Provided by:

Ernest Degutis

Amount depends on fund availability.

Scholarship Recipients Selected by: 

Western Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Faculty.

Completed applications must be turned in to Terri in the RESS Department office in Wright Gym no later than the second Friday of April for the upcoming academic calendar year.

RESS Student Professional Development Fund

Eligibility

  • Exercise & Sport Science and Recreation & Outdoor Education majors
  • Full-time at Western

Description

This scholarship is provided by Alumni Donations. The Student Professional Development Fund is to support professional activities such as professional certification exams, conference attendance, research, or other professional preparation activities. 

Approximately $400 awarded every semester.

Selected by: Western RESS faculty committee  

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209

Learn more about Western's Exercise & Sport Science Program

Learn more about Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education Program

Directory

Faculty

Christina Buchanan, Ph.D. headshot
Professor, High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
Phone: 970.943.2027
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 224
Michelle Conway, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor in Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
Phone: 970.943.2104
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 227
Lance Dalleck, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
Phone: 970.943.3095
Office Location: High Altitude Performance Lab 171
Angela Dalleck, M.A. headshot
Exercise & Sport Science Lecturer, Wellness Elevated Manager, HAP Lab Manager
Phone: 970.943.2179
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 232
Matthew Ebbott, M.S. headshot
Senior Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education and Environment & Sustainability, Director of First-Year Seminar Program
Phone: 970.943.2115
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 222
Mark A. Gibson, Ed.D. headshot
Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education
Phone: 970.943.7129
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 229
Shan Hays, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology
Phone: 970.943.2552
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Kathleen M. Kinkema, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
Phone: 970.943.7133
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 233
Emily McMahill, Pharm.D. headshot
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
Phone: 970.943.2311
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
Brett Miramon, MAT headshot
Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science, Physical Education
Phone: 970.943.2251
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 226
Brittany Miramon headshot
Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science, Physical Education
Phone: 970.943.2251
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 226
Brooke Moran, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Recreation & Outdoor Education for MEM Graduate Program, Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA
Phone: 970.943.2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
Erin Smith, M.S. headshot
Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science
Phone: 970.943.7130
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 230
Crystal Southall, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor, Exercise & Sport Science, Sport & Fitness Management
Phone: 970.943.2149
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 225
Paul Tame, M.A. headshot
Senior Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education
Phone: 970.943.2292
Office Location: Wright Gym 228
Ryan Weatherwax, M.S. headshot
Lecturer of Exercise & Sport Science
Phone: 970.943.2010
Office Location:
Jay Whitacre, Ph.D. headshot
Graduate Faculty for Outdoor Industry MBA, Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym 231

From our renowned High Altitude Performance Laboratory to high-alpine trails, Western’s Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science programs educate students in disciplines that help people become all that they can be.


Areas of Study Include: 

Clinical Exercise Science

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Exercise & Sport Science

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Health & Fitness

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M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2

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M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

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Outdoor Environmental Education

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Outdoor Leadership

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Recreation

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Recreation & Outdoor Education

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Sport & Fitness Management

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