There are several scholarships and awards available to students in the CRLT program.

Holly Bockus “Play it Forward” Award 

Holly Bockus was a CRLT alumni (’84) who was invited to return as a teacher. She was a member of the CRLT faculty from 1988 until she lost her battle with cancer in 2012.

Holly was known for her creativity, empathy and passion for integrating play into her teaching and leadership. In recognition of her commitment to the students, the program and her community, Holly was awarded the Dawson Teaching Excellence Award posthumously.

The Holly Bockus “Play it Forward” Award was created to recognize the contribution Holly made in the development of the CRLT and provides a small financial award to a first year student to support their endeavors to bring creativity into their work.

It is awarded to a first year CRLT student, in good standing, who shows creativity, empathy, and other characteristics attributed to Holly.​

A. Ross Seaman Award

Ross Seaman was a teacher and chairperson for the Community Recreation and Leadership Training Department from 1974 to 1984. During his time at Dawson he helped to establish a strong program focusing on camping, leadership, and community organization. His love for working with adolescents and later concern for seniors paved the way for his many future pursuits. On his passing in 1987, Dawson College lost a community leader, educational innovator, and consummate teacher.

Ross’s earlier career involvement was in community work and the camping movement with the YMCA. He was Director of Kamp Kanawana for many years. In 1963, Ross was a part-time faculty member in Applied Social Science and an active collaborator in the program and research for the Centre of Human Relations and Community Studies at Concordia University. After retiring at Dawson, he served as acting chair at Concordia University Leisure Studies during the 1986-87 school year. While at Concordia, Ross and his wife Margaret were instrumental in developing the Elder Hostel Program at the Loyola Campus. In addition, Ross is remembered in his home community of Vankleek Hill for his church and community involvement. There is also a scholarship given in his name from the Vankleek Hill Collegiate.

A Ross Seaman

Ross Seaman’s influence is remembered by many organizations, friends and colleagues. So much so, that a scholarship in his name was established several years ago. The A. Ross Seaman Memorial

Scholarship epitomizes those influences he had on people. Each of the five organizations, Dawson, Concordia, Kamp Kanawana, YMCA and Vankleek Hill Collegiate give a scholarship in his memory annually.

The $500 scholarship is presented in the CRLT program each year to a second-year student who displays leadership, community service, caring and a genuine concern for others inside and outside of CRLT.

See the Facebook page for more details:

Josie Gotfrit 

Josie Gotfrit joined the faculty of Community Recreation Leadership Training (C.R.L.T.) at Dawson College as a part-time instructor in 1972. She was appointed a full-time faculty member in 1977. In May 1981, Josie died of cancer.

The loss felt by the community of Josie’s family, friends, colleagues and students is captured by these words of a student: “She was always there. I had only to find her face, those eyes, to be renewed with her warmth, caring and strength. One of the greatest gifts she gave me was an insatiable appetite for learning. Even in her final days she helped me to learn more about me, her, pain, sadness, love, caring, touching. I am one of the lucky ones; I knew her, if only for a short time. She never stopped showing me she believed in me. She helped me become the person I am. Everyone I touch will be touched with a bit of Josie.”


In June 1981, a  group of her friends met and proposed a living memorial through the establishment of a scholarship/bursary fund in her name for a student demonstrating the kind of human values that Josie personified.

To date, over $40,000.00 have been given to students to pursue their studies at the university level by the Josie Gotfrit Memorial Scholarship Award. The C.R.L.T. program is proud that all of these students who have received this honored scholarship.

The award is made to a student(s) graduating from the Dawson College C.R.L.T. program and continuing on to the study of recreation and leisure or other human services at the university level in the amount of $1000.00 per year.

CRLT Faculty Award

Faculty AwardRecognizing that many students in CRLT graduate and move directly into the workforce, the CRLT Faculty established this award to recognize a graduating student with a small financial award to help kickstart their career. Awarded to a graduating CRLT student who best exemplifies the skills and qualities of a recreational professional. The student must be in good academic standing and not planning to attend university in the upcoming year.




CRLT Students who have been awarded Scholarships and Awards can be found on the Dawson College Award Recipient Page:


The CRLT community and friends have generously donated funds towards our scholarships or CRLT enrichment fund. The enrichment fund is used for special student and faculty projects.

How to donate?

Donations can be sent online, by cheque, or by calling the foundation directly . Please use the link below to access contact information and links.

Please be sure to note that the funds are for CRLT and mention which scholarship or fund you are supporting.

Donate – Dawson Foundation (

Thank you for supporting student success in Recreation and Community Leadership!

Last Modified: April 5, 2022