The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Foundation has awarded six scholarships to its National School of RV Park & Campground Management, which is set to be held Feb. 24-27 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to ARVC officials.

The program brings leading industry experts into the classroom to provide attendees with the skills and expertise they need to make a positive impact on their campground and in the industry.

In year one of the program, students learn about key trends in the industry, management principles and much more to earn their Outdoor Hospitality Management (OHM) certificate. Students who return for year two focus on deepening their understanding of the industry through critical analysis and the application of best practices as they earn their Outdoor Hospitality Professional (OHP) certificate.

The ARVC Foundation offers tuition scholarships to a select number of students who are interested in completing the first or second year of the program.

The following students were awarded scholarships:

Year One:

  • Valerie and Gerald Kook, Pineland Camping Park, Arkdale, Wisc.
  • Billie McNamara, Loon’s Haven Family Campground, Naples, Maine
  • Michelle Pugh, Emberglow Outdoor Resort, Mill Spring, N.C.
  • Karah Wertz, Choice Camping Court, Manns Choice, Pa.

Year Two:

  • BJ Davis, Rustic Acres Campground, New Douglas, Ill.
  • Deborah Potter, North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, N.Y.

“The ARVC Foundation is proud to be able to present tuition scholarships to applicants eager to attend the National School of RV Park & Campground Management,” said Cyndy Zbierski, the ARVC Foundation’s chair. “The number of extremely motivated individuals that take the time to complete the process and express a desire to learn as much as possible about our great industry always amazes the Foundation Scholarship Committee. Choosing the award winners is not an easy task, but once completed, the foundation trustees are always thrilled to make the announcements to the deserving candidates.”

Jerry and Val Kook shared their reaction to being awarded a scholarship to attend the national school.

“As newer owners of a campground and on a less than shoe string budget, having a scholarship really helps us afford the opportunity to help put us on a path to success, especially with the challenging weather last year,” the Kools explained. “We are very grateful for what ARVC has to offer (both scholarship and education) and are looking forward to learning more about campground ownership and meeting with other campground owners.”

There’s still time to register for the national school in February

Openings are still available for weeks one and two of the program. Tuition is $1,895 for ARVC members and $2,295 for nonmembers and includes expert instruction, park tours, all class materials, and meals. To learn more and to register, visit www.arvc.org/nationalschool