Regional Parks Foundation of the East Bay Regional Parks District

The Regional Parks Foundation created the Carol Severin Endowed Internship Scholarship Fund to honor Dr. Carol Severin. Dr. Severin is an SF State professor emerita in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism (RPT) department, who taught at SF State for forty years, retiring in 2001. Carol Severin taught classes ranging from management, programming, alpine skiing to arts and crafts for leisure. A favorite of hers was to lead student groups to ski in Europe, and she is well-known for the jewelry she creates. Additionally, Dr. Severin served on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors for over twenty years, recently retiring in 2015.

Carol Severin has enjoyed an extraordinary career in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism profession, and is an expert in the field of RPT. Over the course of her career, Dr. Severin supported RPT Initiatives in California through her outstanding contributions in leadership, strategic·planning, partnership/coalition building, communications, and as a creator of experiences at the local, state and national levels for a multitude of recreation and parks organizations and other significant contributions over her sixty-year professional recreation and parks career. Carol received many professional awards for her achievement, including distinguished service awards from Society of Recreation Professionals, California Parks and Recreation Society and California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, to name a few.

The Regional Parks Foundation’s objective in establishing and endowing the Severin scholarship was to assist undergraduate students who are in financial need and intend to enter the RPT profession as a career.