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The Robert A. Norr Scholarship

Who was Bob?  Bob Norr was an outstanding student, loved by all who knew him, who lost his life in a tragic kayaking accident in 2012.  He was a dedicated friend, always there to lend a hand.  He had a passion for kayaking, and with his recreation training, wanted to introduce this passion to wounded warriors to help them discover a new world they could enjoy and benefit from.

Gabe: “The whitewater kayaking community is a tight knit community and everyone needs to depend on each other for safety as well as fun when on the river. Bob was largely respected in this which is a testament to his character.”


The Robert A. Norr Scholarship:  Established in 2012 in memory of Bob, the scholarship is dedicated to helping future students complete their college education. It is awarded to students who:

  •  Are studying Recreation and Park Management
  •  Are honors students
  •  Are/or/may concentrate in Therapeutic Recreation
  •  Exemplify the character and spirit of Bob

Each year the goal is to raise $5,000 to invest in the endowment fund for the future and an additional $3,000 to provide an immediate scholarship for one student. Since the scholarship's founding in 2012 it has supported four students.


What can your contribution do?

  •  Help a Recreation and Parks management student achieve his/her goal of a college degree
  •  Help support the efforts of students helping students
  •  Celebrate Bob Norr's life and inspire students to help others
  •  Assist students in discovering their personal passion and ways to make a positive  impact on other's lives

Chris: “The scholarship helped me astronomically. I was able to pay for part of my tuition and continue education at Frostburg State University. I am now working for the Army MWR at Fort Meade as a Recreation Assistant”


How is the scholarship funded?  The "I Swim for Bob Day-Discover Your Adventure" is the result of students paying tribute to Bob.  With the oversight, training and support of recreation faculty, -- students plan, organize, fundraise, manage and carry out the event.   The day is filled with fun for the entire student body at Frostburg State University, alumni, and family and friends of Bob.  People can participate in laser tag, water volley polo, indoor rock climbing, kickball games, and much more.

Participants pay an admission fee, which is dedicated to the scholarship.  In addition, grants and contributions are sought from individuals, businesses, civic and educational organizations and numerous other sources to fund the event.

Heather: “Working the event is something I won't forget because it is working something that is more important than grades and classes. It is continuing the memory of a fellow Parks and Rec. major…...”

How to contribute to the "I Swim for Bob Day-Discover Your Adventure"