State Association of Real Property Agents Scholarship (SARPA)

In 1991, the International Right of Way Association entered into an agreement with the State Association of Real Property Agents (SARPA), whereby SARPA granted IRWA funds held as principal in the "SARPA Scholarship Trust," the interest from which is to be distributed annually by IRWA as administered by the INEC.

This scholarship is awarded to active students majoring in a course of study related to the right of way profession and/or public works administration. Eligible majors include, but are not limited to, law, real estate, civil engineering, property management, and business and public administration.

This year's recipient is

Brooke Whelpley

Past Recipients:

2016 Hector Casillas, SR/WA
2015 Lisa Robertson, SR.WA, R/W-NAC, Chapter 2 - Region 1
2014 Spencer Burgoyne, SR/WA
2013 Sarah Earls
2012 Alyson Dean
2011 Amy Robertson, Chapter 2 - Region 1
2010 Sam Michael Grombacker, Chapter 37 - Region 1
2009 Jonathan Nowlin, Chapter 37 - Region 3


Scholarship Qualifications and Application:

A) The SARPA Scholarship will be awarded annually to an eligible applicant who is majoring in a course of studies related to the right of way profession and/or public works administration. Eligible majors include, but are not limited to, real estate, civil engineering, law, property management, public works administration, business and public administration.

B) The amount of the scholarship, which may vary from year to year, shall represent the annual amount of money earned as interest from the initial SARPA Scholarship Trust deposit plus any additional principal contributions to the said trust fund.

C) The INEC will administer the SARPA Scholarship process with the minimum of criteria as follows:

    1) Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates or postgraduates, or a high school student accepted as a full-time student for the next school year.

    2) Applicants must major in a course of study related to the right of way and/or public works administration areas (e.g., real estate, engineering, law, property management, public works administration, business or public administration, etc.).

    3) Applicants must be an IRWA member -- or a family member of a current member -- of the International Right of Way Association who is in good standing. (The term "family member" shall include the spouse, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchildren or great-grandchildren.)

    4) The applicant shall submit transcripts, course credit information, etc. and shall complete a written essay on his or her plans and goals in the right-of-way field.

    5) The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    6) The applicant shall make application upon a scholarship application form, which shall be endorsed and forwarded by the chapter. The nomination form should be emailed to the INEC Chair on or before the first business day in February, verified by the postage date.

D) A plaque is presented at the Annual Conference Awards Luncheon. Each year the RWIEF determines the amount of money available for this award. Award materials are funded and issued by the RWIEF.

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