GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Jillain Veil-Ehnert

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What a joy and privilege it was to gather together in Seattle for the annual GPA conference. With the assistance of the Grant Professional’s Foundation scholarship, I attended my first in-person conference since the pandemic and it was an amazing opportunity to learn from industry leaders. I left the conference invigorated about our profession and ready to finish the year … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Denise Henry

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Giving, growing and learning. These three words aptly define my career and approach to being the best grants professional and fundraiser I can be. I believe career growth starts with being a lifelong learner, listener, and collaborator to add strong team value for community good. For me, 2021 began with a new job in higher education grants management after previous … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Leilani Ocasio

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Tips for a first time GPA Conference Attendee As a first-time GPA Conference attendee, I’d like to share some tips! First and foremost, I amincredibly grateful to the Grant Professionals Foundation for their scholarship opportunity. As anew grant professional, I would not have been able to attend the conference without thisscholarship. A safe assumption to make about grant professionals is … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Colleen Engelbrecht

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When you are a grant professional, the majority of your work life is spent crafting a winning proposal for others – not yourself. After participating in last year’s Grant Professionals Association’s virtual conference, I knew that I had to get myself to Seattle. But how? Encouraged by my fellow members of the San Diego County Chapter, I applied for a … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Melissa Cammack

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I had the opportunity to attend the 2021 Annual Conference of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) in November of this year through a scholarship I received from the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF). The GPA conference not only renewed my passion for storytelling (aka grant writing) but also opened my eyes to a network of similarly driven professionals dedicated to supporting … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Elizabeth Wilkinson

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I was delighted to receive the Arizona Founding Chapter Jerry Dillehay Conference Scholarship. Thank you to the Grant Professionals Foundation and my beloved Arizona Founding Chapter! I have been a GPA member for nearly 15 years, and I have attended many GPA conferences. The 2021 Seattle conference was especially sweet after the long isolation of the pandemic. During the pandemic, … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Jacqui Ragin

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First I would like to thank my local Nevada chapter for allowing me to attend the GPA conference, through their scholarship program. This was my first time attending a GPA conference and I was extremely excited as I mentally prepared to attend this event in person. I had never been to Seattle and the conference agenda and location made it … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Cynthia Wasco

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Receiving The Dr. Bev Browning/Dr. Bernard Turner African American Conference Scholarship from the Grant Professional Association Foundation to attend the 2021 Annual Conference (virtual), was an amazing experience! Without this scholarship, I would have not been able to attend due to cost. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with my fellow grant professionals. Thank you for … Read More