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TR Student Awards & Bursary Program

ATRA sees the promise of our professional future in our Therapeutic Recreation Students

It takes a team comprised of the educational institution, the student and the students clinical preceptor to prepare an individual to enter the profession as a competent health care provider.

In recognition of this work, ATRA's Membership Award program provides two awards and one bursary.  Please take note of the different deadlines for nominations.

1. ATRA Entry to Practice Bursary -  Applications accepted June 1 - September 15, annually

ATRA is pleased to offer the annual Entry to Practice Bursary for undergraduate ATRA Student Members completing a degree or diploma at one of the following programs:

  • Lethbridge College Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology Diploma
  • NorQuest College Therapeutic Recreation Diploma
  • University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
  • University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Sports and Tourism

Applications are accepted from June 1 – September 15 each year

Notification of bursary awarded – by October 15

What is reimbursed?

  • Any therapeutic recreation course or general recreation course and textbook(s) taken between June 1 and April 30 that contributes to future eligibility as an ATRA Professional Member
  • Amounts awarded: the award amount varies from $400-$800 depending on the number of approved applicants

Therapeutic Recreation Courses - these course titles must contain the words “Therapeutic Recreation” or “Recreation Therapy” or Recreation and/or Leisure for Special Populations.

General Recreation Courses - these course titles must contain one of the following words: recreation, leisure, play, or leadership.

Note: Clinical practicums are not reimbursed.

How do I apply?

Between June 1 and September 15, complete the application and email to

How do I receive my bursary?

  • Once you are notified that you are a successful recipient of the award (by October 15), you may submit for reimbursement as soon as you have a receipt of course/textbook amount paid and have successfully passed the course (copy of transcript and/or written confirmation from course instructor)
  • All receipts and proof of successful course completion may be scanned and emailed to NO LATER THAN May 15 of the calendar year following the year of approval (e.g., approved by October 15, 2020, must be claimed by May 15, 2021)
  • Claims received after May 15 will not be awarded.
2.  Outstanding Student Leader Award - Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Every year, ATRA awards a student who demonstrates leadership in school and externally, a promise of contribution to the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

Student Leader Award Nomination Form

Download this word document, complete all areas requested and forward by email. 


3. Is your Clinical Preceptor the Best? Nominate them for the Outstanding Preceptor Award - Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

This award recognizes a preceptor in a clinical setting who demonstrates excellence in provision of therapeutic recreation education in their workplace and values the importance of mentoring future professionals. Two awards are given, one for a College level preceptor and one for a University level preceptor.

Outstanding Preceptor Award Nomination Form

Download this word document, complete all areas requested and forward by email. 


4. ATRA Awards - Check out this link for complete information on ATRA's Awards Program.

Not an ATRA Student Member? You can apply at any time. Please see the Application & Renewals page and click on the Member Application page.