Association Awards

AORE Big 4 Awards

Each year, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education recognizes work or leadership of unusual significance in the field of outdoor recreation and education, including contributions to the Association which are far beyond the ordinary and which have had a significant and lasting impact on the Association and its mission.

Within this framework, AORE established the Jim Rennie Leadership Award and the Bill March Student Achievement Award in 1996, in 2002 added the David J Webb Program Excellence Award, and in 2015 added the Patsy Kott Service Award. These awards memorialize four leaders in the outdoor recreation and education field, and recognize outstanding and noteworthy contributions to, and achievements in, the field of outdoor recreation and education. Award winners are honored and celebrated at the AORE Annual Conference with an awards banquet.

Jim Rennie Leadership Award

The Jim Rennie Leadership Award recognizes contributions to AORE which are far beyond the ordinary and which have had a significant and lasting impact on the Association and its mission. The award also recognizes professional work or leadership of unusual significance in the field of outdoor recreation and education. The nominee must be a current AORE professional member in good standing. >> View Winners.

Outdoor Network Leadership Award (predecessor to the Jim Rennie Leadership Award)

Prior to the creation of AORE at the 1993 Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, the Outdoor Network Leadership Award was presented “for excellence in service to the outdoor profession in facilitating communication and the sharing of resources between outdoor professionals.” With the inception of AORE in 1993, this award was revised and instituted as the Jim Rennie Leadership Award in 1996. >> View Winners.

Bill March Student Achievement Award

The Bill March Student Achievement Award is presented to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to an outdoor recreation and education program while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The nominee must be a current AORE student member in good standing. >> View Winners.

David J. Webb Program Excellence Award

The David J Webb Program Excellence Award honors an outstanding non-profit outdoor program which has provided dynamic and innovative services to its participants, demonstrated professionalism and high standards of conduct, and contributed to the outdoor community at large by sharing information and assisting other programs. The nominee must be a current organization member in good standing. >> View Winners.

Patsy Kott Service Award

The Patsy Kott Service Award, established by donations from Patsy Kott and AORE members like you, recognizes long term professional work or service having a lasting impact on the Association and its mission. This award is presented to an AORE member who has demonstrated behind the scenes impactful and steadfast service to the AORE. A distinguishing characteristic for this award is significant long-term service to support the Association from behind the front lines. >> View Winners.
 

More Scholarships and Awards

AORE celebrates hard-working students and professionals for their achievements in our industry by awarding a conference, certification or research scholarship to deserving members each year.

Student Scholarship

Each year the Student Development Committee awards multiple scholarships for student development and assistance in attending the AORE Annual Conference. The winners will receive a scholarship to attend the AORE Annual Conference. >> View Winners.

Professional Conference Scholarship

The Professional Conference Scholarship opportunity is a need-based conference scholarship, and applies only to those who require additional funding to attend. Osprey has generously sponsored this scholarship in years past. The winners will receive a full or partial scholarship to attend the AORE Annual Conference. >> View Winners.

Greg Hawkins "Go Big or Go Home" Scholarship presented by Petzl

In the spirit of Greg Hawkins and the way he lived his life, Petzl has generously sponsored the Greg Hawkins "Go Big or Go Home" Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an AORE professional member or group of members to help fund a personal outdoor endeavor. This scholarship reminds us to never lose sight of our personal spirit of adventure as outdoor professionals.  >> View Winners.

Student Literary Award

The Student Literary Award recognizes students with excellent writing skills. Two awards are given annually; one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. The award winners will receive a scholarship to attend the AORE Annual Conference and a scholarship to attend the Student Development Workshop offered during the pre-conference sessions. Winning and other selected manuscripts may be included in the edited papers of the AORE Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education. Award winners are expected to present their paper at the AORE conference. >> View Winners.

Professional Development Scholarships

In some cases, companies offer scholarships for professional skill development to student and professional members of AORE. Winners receive a scholarship for the course tuition only and are responsible for travel, housing and other ancillary expenses during the course. >> View Winners.

Research Grant 

The purpose of this $5,000 research grant is to provide an AORE member the opportunity to study an area of their interest. Applicants are free to propose quantitative or qualitative empirical studies, analysis of secondary data sources, the development of new theories or conceptual frameworks, as well as other proposals that further AORE's mission, goals and objectives. These funds can be used for ongoing projects. >> View Winners.

Student Bridge Builder Scholarship

The Bridge Builder Scholarship is awarded to student leaders involved in an initiative to increase inclusion, diversity, and/or multiculturalism within their outdoor community. Examples of initiatives could be a special trip or clinic, an innovating hiring practice, a special outreach event, etc. >> View Winners. 

Green Program Award

The award recognizes an AORE Organization program's commitment to environmental stewardship by current practices and policies including purchasing (products, gear, supplies, and food), energy efficiency, waste diversion, carbon offset programs, water usage, and transportation. >> View Winners