Scholarships for Grant Professionals.
The Grant Professionals Foundation offers three types of scholarships.
- Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference – offered annually (applications accepted May 1-June 20, 2018)
- Grant Professionals GPC Exam – offered annually (applications accepted May 16-June 20, 2018)
- Grant Professionals Association Membership – offered two times per year (applications accepted February 28-March 30, 2018 and August 15-September 30, 2018)
The following tips from GPF Board Members, the GPF Scholarship Committee, and #grantchat participants apply to all our scholarship opportunities.
- Adhere to the GPA Code of Ethics.
- We are looking for details on the applicant’s professional background in the #grants field.
- Micki Vandeloo, GPC, Former GPF Scholarship Committee Chair: Keep an eye out for applications and due dates. Read the application questions carefully before answering.
- Heather Stombaugh, GPC, Former GPF Board Chair: What are you doing for GPA or GPF now (serving local chapter as officer or committee member, writing GPA News articles, serving on a national committee or Board, mentoring a new grant pro, etc.)? What will you give back to the profession after receiving a scholarship?
- The two biggest application mistakes are a lack of editing and failing to produce a compelling need statement. Use your grant skills! Watch grammar, spelling, & proof your work. A strong need or argument is not because you or your organization cannot pay for it (not because you need the money). Put your personal reflections into the narrative, and make the need logical.
- You are a grant professional—write the scholarship application like you would a grant application and put your passion, creativity, storytelling, and editing skills into it. It’s free money, people!
- Bethany Turner, GPC: Be sure to really describe your "why." Why are YOU in the #grantprofession? Why do you do what you do?
- Fear may be the biggest barrier to people applying for our scholarships. You don’t need to be a GPC to apply. GPF is not a clique, and the application process is not a popularity contest. Applications are reviewed fairly on their merit and to the degree questions are answered thoroughly and compellingly. It’s not about who you know; many GPF scholarships have been awarded to strangers by the Scholarship Committee and GPF Board. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
- One GPF Board member or additional volunteer reviews and scores each scholarship application with a rubric. Each reviewer scores 2-3 applications. These are all volunteer reviewers, and receive no monetary compensation. Due to time constraints of these volunteers, GPF cannot provide feedback on rejected applications. If emailing questions or asking a GPF volunteer in person about why your application was rejected, please be respectful and courteous.
- Each GPC exam scholarship application is scored by 3 GPCI reviewers with a rubric. Each reviewer scores 6-9 applications. This is similar to a regular grant peer review process.
- Make sure you answer every part of each application question as if you were writing a successful grant application.