The Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Grant will be providing up to $2,000 per academic year to students who wish to participate in a CORE Trip.  CORE Trips have been shown to decrease stress levels, increase feelings of belonging, and help contribute to the development of a strong sense of self.  The Department of Recreational Sports believes that these factors, in addition to physical activity, are key components of a successful student.  The CORE Grant hopes to eliminate financial barriers for students who wish to participate in valuable trip experiences.  In Spring 2018, CORE will award several grants, in addition to a trip rental gear waiver.

Grant Guidelines

  • Students must submit an application in order to be considered for a grant.  Each grant winner will be awarded a $160 voucher.
  • The $160 can only be used for trip registrations.  Students can use the funds to register for multiple trips, if they choose.
    • If there is a remaining balance, the student will be responsible for paying the difference.
  • Rental gear cost associated with the trips chosen will be waived, including:
    • Overnight Backpacking:  headlamp, rain gear, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
    • Overnight Paddling:  headlamp, rain gear, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
  • Grant money is valid and usable within 1 calendar year from the time is was awarded.
  • Grant winners must register for trips on, or before, the designated time period, which is before registration is open to the public.
    • Fall Trips:  open to public registration on July 16, 2018
      • Grant registration period for a guaranteed spot is July 9 – 13, 2018
    • Spring Trips:  open to public registration on November 19, 2018
      • Grant registration period for a guaranteed spot is November 12 – 16, 2018
  • Registration is available at any time, however CORE cannot guarantee that spots will be available.
  • Grant winners will be notified by the end of April 2018, and will receive detailed information about how to register.

How to Apply

  • Complete this online form:  CORE Grant Application
  • Applications are due March 18, 2018 at 11:59pm.
  • Application requirements:
    • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Students must submit 2 essays (500 words each):
      • If you could choose 5 items to help you along your journey through college, what would they be and how would you use them?
      • Describe your financial need for this grant.
    • Students musts demonstrate financial need

If you have any questions, please contact CORE Coordinator, Jackie Matthews, at