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We offer three different scholarships for Recreation Professions students.

For the scholarship that best fits your needs, please read the descriptions below.

DR. FURMAN C. GRIFFIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (for Recreation Management Majors only)

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.

MARY ANN LOEFFLER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP (for Therapeutic Recreation Majors only)
Passion, commitment, and involvement are words to describe Mary Ann Loeffler’s life as an educator in therapeutic recreation. Her career of thirty-five years began as a pediatric recreational therapist at National Jewish Hospital and University Hospital. Subsequently, she became director of Children’s Hospital Recreational Therapy Department, and director of Denver General Hospital, charged with starting new inpatient and outpatient pediatric programs. Mary Ann started teaching classes at MSU Denver in therapeutic recreation in 1976, joined Metro’s recreation program full time in 1978, and retired in 2006.

“To make a difference, you must get actively involved!” Her passion is providing educational and recreational experiences to individuals with special needs. She created opportunities for her students to get involved while developing their abilities and skills. Mary Ann volunteered for over thirty years as an instructor for Children’s Hospital Handicap Ski program and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. She served twenty years on the board with the Colorado Sports for the Physically Challenged, on the camp advisory board for Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Handicamp, and as a volunteer with the Denver Botanical Gardens in the Sensory Garden.

She has been an advocate for recreational therapy at the state and national levels in organizations such as the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. For her efforts, she was recognized as the first recreational therapist by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association with the “Fellow Award,” by the National Parks and Recreation Association- Midwest Region as the “Outstanding Professional,” and by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society with the Tommy Wilson Award (for advocating programs promoting the disabled in sports).

Mary Ann’s proudest contributions to the recreation program while at MSU Denver was her support and dedication to achieving and maintaining national accreditation of the recreation program since 1990 until she retired. Her dedication to the Society of Recreation Students club in securing funding for students to attend and have the opportunity to co-present with her at sessions at state, regional, and national conferences and her partnerships with various therapeutic recreation agencies allowed students to practice the skills they were learning.

It is the intent of the Mary Ann Loeffler Endowed Scholarship to be able to support a student(s) in their pursuit of becoming a successful professional in helping individuals with disabilities have a better life.



The Rising Star Scholarship is an award for students showing initiative, enthusiasm, and potential for future success in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Health Professions (HEP) Department. It is the intent of the Rising Star Scholarship to be able to support students in their pursuit of becoming passionate professional in their field of study. Each program in HEP has the opportunity to provide one student with the Rising Star Scholarship.

  • Be a Master of Health Administration student OR a Health Professions undergraduate major (i.e., HCM, HCPS, IHC, or RECR)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours if an undergraduate student and a minimum of 6 credit hours if a graduate student during the semester(s) the scholarship is received 

*Applicants must be enrolled in Fall 2019 

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