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The RuffHouse Scholarship

About Ruffhouse Vinyl Play Systems

When I invented the first Ruffhouse Vinyl Playground in my own Arizona backyard, I had three main objectives in mind.

I wanted a playset that was safe for my one- and two-year-old toddlers so that my wife and I could let them go outside without having to worry about them. I wanted something they could play on in the summer – something that wouldn’t burn or cut their hands. 

I wanted a playset that was different and more fun than the average wood set I found online. I wanted my nieces and nephews and neighbors to all enjoy coming over and playing outside on something they weren’t used to.

I wanted an AZ playground that I wouldn’t have to worry about – ever. Like you, I don’t have time to paint, or stain, or tighten bolts, or worry about things rotting, warping, or rusting. I didn’t want to waste my money on some “cheap” playset that you can buy at the big warehouse stores – only to have to buy another one in a year. I wanted something that would last.

Ruffhouse Scholarship Details

Who can apply?

The Ruffhouse Vinyl Play Systems Scholarship is open to individuals meeting all of the following criteria:
  •  3.2 or above High school GPA
  • Must be enrolled in a college or university business program such as marketing, entrepreneurship, or business administration OR in a program related to childhood education, childhood development, or psychology.
  • Must have a desire and commitment to helping children and families.

How to Apply

Submit the following to

  1. Your name, the name of the university you are or will be attending, your area of study, and your anticipated graduation date.
  2. A 400-600 word essay based on one of the following questions:
  • Why is outdoor play (exercise and imagination) important for a child’s development?
  • What are 3 of the greatest challenges or threats facing children in your community and what are some of the best possible solutions to increase their well being and chances for success? 
  • What are 3 of the major causes of depression, anxiety in young adolescents, and what are 3 proven actions that can help prevent or treat depression and anxiety? 

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions is June 30 for Fall Semester and November 30 for Winter Semester.

Award Amount

We will award one gift of $500 each Fall and Winter semester.

Selection Process and Notification

The scholarship committee at Ruffhouse Vinyl Play Systems will review each applicant’s entry and will notify the winning scholarship recipient via email.


Please submit any questions to