It's time to recognize those outstanding individuals and organizations who have supported our profession! The ATRA Awards Program is comprised of eleven awards, plus the Peg Connolly and Linda Levine-Madori Scholarships, and is open to all ATRA members in good standing:
I. Distinguished Fellow This is the highest recognition award given by ATRA. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments within the field of recreational therapy. It will not be given each year unless all designated criteria are met.
II. Outstanding Professional This award may be made annually to one member of ATRA. It is the second most prestigious award of ATRA.
III. Member of the YearThis award may be made annually to one member of ATRA for outstanding contributions to the organization.
IV. Individual CitationThis citation may be made annually to one non-member of ATRA. A person is eligible to receive the citation one time only.
V. Organization/Institution Citation An organization is defined as any group who advocates, promotes and/or supports the delivery of services to persons with disabilities. This includes any public, private, or voluntary group organized under a charter, permit, certificate, or incorporation. An institution is defined as agency, primarily residential in nature, but which also provide day or outreach services. The institution’s purpose is to provide health, treatment, rehabilitation, or other human services, including recreation, to persons with disabilities. Only one award will be given each year. This award is not based on the quality of an agency’s recreational therapy department, staff, or services, but rather on external recreational therapy services that meet qualifications.
VI. Certificate of Recognition Awarded for meritorious service that promotes, develops, or implements innovations, expansions, or improvements to recreational therapy programs, services, and/or education. This is for such service not provided under “Member of the Year” or “Distinguished Service” awards.
VII. Frank N. Basile Clinician of the Year This award will recognize the recipient’s outstanding contribution to recreational therapy through creative and innovative programming in a clinical setting through promotion of the profession and service to developing professionals.
VIII. Excellence in Education This is awarded to a clinical agency or institution of higher education that has distinguished itself through outstanding contribution(s) to the recreational therapy profession.
IX. Scholarly Achievement This is awarded to one member of ATRA who has contributed significantly to the field of knowledge of recreational therapy.
X. Chapter Affiliate of the Year This award may be made annually to an outstanding chapter affiliate of ATRA
XI. AdvocacyThis award may be made annually to recognize the advocacy efforts of an ATRA member on behalf of the recreational therapy profession and ATRA. The Federal Public Policy Team will review all applicants for this award and make a recommendation.
Review awards criteria then complete your application. Awards were presented each year at the Annual Conference. Please view recipients of ATRA Awards, and use our directory of ATRA Distinguished Fellows.
Linda Levine-Madori Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support to TR students or professionals who wish to attend this year’s ATRA Annual conference. Applicants must be an ATRA member in good standing and a single parent. The Linda Levine-Madori Scholarship is sponsored in full by Linda Levine-Madori . The award is $444 given directly to the recipient by Linda.
Individuals will be chosen based on their current involvement in either their educational or professional pursuits within the field. Applications are due June 1st.
Peg Connolly Scholarship
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is excited to provide the opportunity for ATRA Student members to receive the Peg Connolly Scholarship. Named in honor of Dr. Peg Connolly, the first ATRA president and former Executive Director of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, this program provides tremendous personal and professional benefits and rewards. Not only do students gain professional knowledge from sessions, students have the opportunity to network with professionals from around the country. ATRA believes the future of our field depends on the continuing growth of students. Today, many former scholarship recipients prove this belief by serving vital roles within our profession.
Basic Info: Ten stipends are available to attend ATRA’s Annual Conference, including conference registration, accommodations, and a meal stipend ($100). Students are responsible for transportation to/from the conference. This scholarship is a “working scholarship”. Students assist in various aspects of implementing the conference such as room hosting, registration and monitoring social events. This scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate members of ATRA who will be enrolled in a therapeutic recreation program during the conference year. You must be able to attend a mandatory training on September 12, 2014, as well as the ATRA Annual Conference from September 13- 16, 2014 (please note that these dates include pre-con sessions). Applications are due April 30th.
Scholarship recipients have been notified of the status of their application. A code of conduct statement must also be signed and submitted at the time of acceptance of the scholarship. Upon acceptance of scholarship offered, all winners must registerfor the ATRA annual conference. (All registration fees will be paid by the scholarship fund.)