About this scholarship

The Jason David Schleien Memorial Scholarship is provided by Stuart and Dana Schleien in remembrance and celebration of their son. Dr. Stuart Schleien served as a faculty member of the Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies program for a number of years, teaching in the area of community-based therapeutic recreation.

The scholarship will provide financial support for a minimum of one student annually to participate in a semester-long internship at Wilderness Inquiry or a similar organization. This internship could take place in the fall, spring or summer semester and will assist with the development and implementation of opportunities for individuals with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, and other underserved populations to participate in Wilderness Inquiry or a similar program. Examples of focus areas might include:

  • Providing support in researching, acquiring, and maintaining adaptive equipment, including the development of an instructional manual on adaptive equipment.
  • Assisting in research and evaluation of inclusive outdoor recreation programs.
  • Participating in direct services with students and participants.
  • Developing training opportunities.
  • Conducting or hosting conferences and gatherings.
  • Assisting with courses provided cooperatively by the University of Minnesota and Wilderness Inquiry or similar program.
  • Recommending new or improved curricula to enhance program outcomes for diverse audiences.

Application Criteria

Students must be enrolled full-time at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and participating in an approved internship with an emphasis on work that assists with the development and implementation of opportunities for individuals with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, and other underrepresented populations. Upon completion of the internship, the student will agree to submit a summary report to the Schleien family outlining their experiences during the internship.

Application Requirement

Eligible students will submit a one-page proposal outlining their interests in the stated examples of areas of study and their interest in working with individuals with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, and other underserved populations. Applicants will also complete an application with Wilderness Inquiry or similar program.

Selection process and committee

Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a committee within the Institute on Community Integration in consultation with the inclusive program.  

Stipend amount for completion of internship: $3000

Deadline: Ongoing

Submit Proposal to:  Nik Fernholz, Institute on Community Integration.