The Chris Stuart Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program is meant to give individuals who are under 35 and have less than 5 years in the water leisure industry in a non-managerial position at a seasonal or year-round facility or are students enrolled in college the opportunity to attend the WWA Show at little to no cost to them.
This scholarship is named in honor of Chris Stuart, a WWA Hall of Fame member who was known for his kindness and generosity in mentoring those who worked for him and were coming up in the industry. Stuart’s prolific career included time at parks and companies located throughout the world, as well as service as a member of the WWA’s Board of Directors and he was a recipient of multiple Board Awards. To learn more about Stuart and his contributions to the industry, click here to watch a video.
Applications for the 2021 scholarship program will begin being accepted in May 2021. Please check back then to find an application form.
Prior Year Recipients:
2019 full scholarship recipient: Brittany Davis, (pictured above in the middle), Rapids Water Park
2018 full scholarship recipient: Amanda Price, The Walt Disney World Company
2017 full scholarship recipient: Marc Colon, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
2016 full scholarship recipient: Jacob Herzog, Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark
2015 full scholarship recipient: Justine Green, Hurricane Alley Waterpark
2014 full scholarship recipient: David Guida, City of Summit Family Aquatic Center
2013 full scholarship recipient: Justin Blair, Geyser Falls and Clearwater Key Water Theme Park.