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The Dr. Furman C. Griffis Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award Description

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor and perpetuate the work of Dr. Furman C. Griffis, who devoted his life to the field of recreation, by assisting a deserving student enrolled in the School of Professional Studies as a Recreation Professions Major in their quest for knowledge in this area. Dr. Furman Griffis, “Griff,” spent thirteen years at North Jeffco Recreation and Park District where he progressed from recreation leader to superintendent of the district. He was involved in the development of the Colorado State Parks Division, the State Lottery, which acquire park and recreation facilities and also with the passage of the “Older Americans Act” of 1965, and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, of which he was president in 1968. He was also awarded by CPRA the, “Dedication and Lifetime Member” Award for outstanding services to the parks, recreation and leisure service profession.

During his 20 years at Metropolitan State College of Denver, (now Metropolitan State University of Denver), he received many honors such as the “Natural Helper” award in 1990, the “Outstanding Service” award in 1988-89, and the “Certificate of Outstanding Service” in 1973. His work in gaining national accreditation of the Leisure Studies Program in 1990 was a particular highlight in his career.

Please complete the application below to be considered for this award. Applications must be submitted by noon on January 19, 2018. This scholarship is for Recreation Management and Generalist Majors only.

Please make sure all fields are filled out completely, otherwise we may not be able to process your application.




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YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR DR. FURMAN C. GRIFFIS ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.

  • You must be a Recreation Professions degree seeking student at MSU Denver.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • You must have completed 25 credit hours at MSU Denver, 6 of which must be in Recreation Professions.
  • You must be enrolled full-time during the semester of scholarship.

If awarded, which semester do you plan using the scholarship?


Please submit the information requested in each text box:

  1. Education/Certifications

  2. Work History. Highlight work related to recreation and leisure studies. Identify agency names, dates of involvement, address, supervisor name and phone number, and a brief description of duties

  3. Volunteer activities (required for classes at Metro). Highlight work related to recreation and leisure studies. Identify agency names, dates of involvement, address, supervisor name and phone number, and a brief description of duties

  4. Other volunteer activities. Highlight work related to recreation and leisure studies. Identify agency names, dates of involvement, address, supervisor name and phone number, and a brief description of duties

  5. Professional Memberships/affiliations

  6. Awards and Honors

  7. Other Activities

  8. Type a 300 word essay on the subject of Recreation Professions that defines your interest and background in the field:

By submitting this application, I understand that I receive an award I must maintain standards of academic progress as required by the Dr. Furman C. Griffis Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund.