The Gallup-Darrow-Chester Scholarship honors the memory of Virginia Seth Gallup, (1899-1995).

Catherine Virginia Darrow is the granddaughter of Virginia Seth Gallup and the originator of this scholarship fund. She and her husband, William Spencer Chester, currently reside in Evergreen, Colorado. This fund is authorized to recognize the extraordinary woman who earned her college degree in the 1920’s at a time when it was rare for women to attend college. Virginia Seth Gallup believed in the power of a college education to the extent that she provided the funds for all of her seven grandchildren to attend college. After graduating from Gloucester College with a degree in Public Administration, Virginia Seth Gallup raised a family and served as superintendent of the Talbot County Schools in the State of Maryland.


To be eligible for a Gallup-Darrow-Chester Scholarship an applicant must be a member in good standing of CPRA at the time of application and be currently employed in a professional parks and recreation position.
Please note that priority for the GDC scholarship funding will be given to members who are currently serving / have served CPRA via committees, section involvement or board appointment.


Funds are up to $1,500 and will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis unless otherwise approved by CPRA. If paying upfront for a professional development opportunity is a barrier, please notify the CPRA office at cpra@cpra-web.org. Scholarship funds must be used by December 15, 2024.


The deadline to apply for a scholarship is is Monday, April 22nd at 5pm.

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* 1. Full Name

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* 2. Professional Title

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* 3. Organization

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* 4. Email Address

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* 5. Phone Number

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* 6. Certifications

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* 7. If applicable, please indicate your level of involvement currently or previously with CPRA (sections, committees, board positions, etc.)

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