Amy made the leap to attend the 2017 National GPA Conference in San Diego

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  2017 Susan Kemp Memorial Scholarship by Amy Shankland, GPC Once upon a time there was a grant professional named Amy who loved her career. She joined the Grant Professionals Association in 2007, became active with her chapter, and attended every national GPA conference starting in 2009. Amy even obtained her GPC in 2010. An unexpected job change in 2015, … Read More

A Little Snow Didn’t Stop This Test Taker

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By Dale Braden, GPC; Gethsemane Grant Consulting Service and Oregon Health & Science University 2016 GPC Scholar A short version of my background…I’ve worked at Oregon Health & Science University a total of 20 years. Over the last 11 years, I have helped a total of 63 investigators process over 300 different grant applications. I’ve processed small foundation applications to multi-project federal … Read More

Leap of Faith

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By Amy Knudsen, MA, GPC; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 2016 GPC Scholar During my senior year in college, I assisted in writing my first federal grant for an education program I developed while working at a homeless shelter. I could not have predicted that experience would have led me to where I am today, with 25 years of grants writing … Read More

7 GPC Scholarships Awarded

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Seven Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) Scholarships were awarded through joint support from the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) and Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). Congratulations to our new scholars! Erin Leigh Birch, Gallatin, TN Dale Braden, Milwaukie, OR Arthur Davis, Portland, OR Amy Knudsen, Des Moines, IA Anna Kraxner, Kansas City, MO Cydney Peters, Houston, TX Nicole Sibilski, Nashville, TN The … Read More

After the Exam

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By Bethany Turner, GPC of bmtconsulting GPC Scholar When I first learned about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) through a #GrantChat, I knew I wanted to become a GPC. About a year ago I earnestly started preparing to sit for the GPC exam. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation. This gave me a definite … Read More

GPC Scholarship Changed My Career and Life

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By Kim Joyce, GPC of Kim Joyce & Associates, LLC 2013 GPC Scholar Nearly six years ago, I went out on my own as an independent grant professional. In the span of two short weeks, I landed my first two clients, quit my full-time job, became self-employed, and never looked back. At the time, I didn’t know what I was … Read More

Realizing My Worth as a Grants Manager

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By Meghann Adams, GPC – Grants Manager at Zoo Atlanta 2014 GPC Scholar I grew up wanting to be an English teacher just like my dad. Or I could be a movie director. My dad and I even joked about me growing up to be a beer truck driver. You get to travel at least, right? Well, needless to say, … Read More

Mastering the Grants Profession

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By Tracey Diefenbach, GPC – Director of Grants, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri 2012 GPC Scholar I feel truly blessed to work for an organization – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri – that is an innovative, one-of-a-kind agency – where we push from good to better to best, embrace challenges, study our craft, and strive to achieve the … Read More

Before the Exam

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By Bethany Turner – Grant Writer, Big Sandy Community & Technical College GPC Scholar   When I first learned about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam, I knew I wanted to become a GPC. I understood the importance of the certification to my career and our profession. I’m an achiever by nature and by nurture. If there is some credential to … Read More