Michelle Park Scholarship

The Michelle Park Family Recreation Scholarship honors the legacy of the City of Gainesville, Parks, recreation and Cultural Affairs’ former Assistant Director, Michelle Park. She worked tirelessly in the parks and recreation field for over 40 years and was dedicated to creating access for individuals and families to the department’s programming.


To provide a scholarship for one year to one City of Gainesville low-to-moderate income family, to participate in nature, recreation and cultural activities provided by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. 

One scholarship, valued at $1,500, will be awarded and can be used from Jan. 1-December 31, 2024 to enjoy activities such as:

  • After-school program and day camps for school breaks and teacher holidays
  • Access to the Wellness Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center
  • Tickets to cultural events
  • An annual pass to the Sweetwater Wetlands Park
  • Adult and youth recreation and sports activities

Application Process

Step 1.Complete application by Nov. 30 deadline.

(PDF, 897KB)Family Recreation Scholarship Application Packet(PDF, 931KB)

Applicant must fill out the application form in its entirety, including signed and dated agreement.

Step 2.Submit the completed application.

The following documents must be submitted by Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Proof of residency documentation: GRU bill or voter registration card
  • Proof of income documentation: Approved SBAC lunch eligibility letter for current school year, or DCF notice of case action eligibility letter


Mail completed application packets to:

City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Attention: Michelle Park Scholarship
PO Box 490, Station 24
Gainesville, FL 32627-0490

or email to prcasponsorship@gainesvillefl.gov

Step 3.Award

One (1) applicant family that has met all eligibility requirements will be awarded by lottery.