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

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Lauren Welch

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Grant Professionals Foundation Scholar This was the first year I have attended the Grant Professionals Association conference and is also my first year as a GPA local and national member. I have attended several professional conferences in the past. I appreciated that there were options for people to go virtually and go in person. I am spending the Thanksgiving week … Read More

Introducing the 2021 GPA Conference Scholars

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As part of our mission, the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) supports education that provides knowledge to grant professionals, advocacy that gives them greater access to funding and credentialing that establishes and promotes excellence in the field. Throughout the year, the GPF offers several scholarships that are open to all grant professionals. We are excited to announce the latest scholarship recipients … Read More

Congratulations to the GPF 2021 Spring Membership Scholars

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As part of our mission, the GPF supports education that provides knowledge to grant professionals, advocacy that gives them greater access to funding and credentialing that establishes and promotes excellence in the field. To support our partner – the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) – and grant professionals nationwide, the GPF offers membership scholarships every spring and fall. We would like … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Jenna Trisko

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Grant Professionals Foundation Scholarship I was one of the very fortunate recipients of a scholarship to attend the 2020 virtual Grant Professionals Association Conference. This was my first experience taking part in this conference and actually my first ever experience attending a conference completely dedicated to all things grants. I have been in the grants world for the past 14 … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Sara Wagner

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Arizona Founding Chapter Jerry Dillehay Scholarship I was honored to receive a scholarship to attend the annual GPA conference. Since it was my sixth conference, I was fully aware of its value. When I became a GPA member in 2012, my employer always sent me (being a county employee, I attended three conferences this way, focusing upon all-things-government); then, in … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Lynda Weigel-Firor

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Arizona Southern Chapter Conference Scholarship When I found out the 2020 GPA Annual Conference was going to be held virtually, I was thrilled because it would possibly give me the opportunity to participate for the first time. However, funds were an issue as I work less than part-time as an independent grant-writer and consultant to care for my special needs’ … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Molly Peterson

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Arizona Founding Chapter Jerry Dillehay Scholarship In our lives, we all experience numerous firsts. Our first steps, first kiss, first job, first time eating (and possibly abhorring) sushi. Some we reflect on for years to come, and some pass the very moment with little significance, never stamping our memory with the lasting mark of a new experience. I have had … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Jennifer Deering

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Arkansas Chapter Conference Scholarship In late February 2020, I went into my bank to discuss opening a business account for my freshly minted consulting firm of one employee (me). When I was called into the customer-service representative’s office, I remember we almost shook hands. We joked about the novel coronavirus and how that exchange of germs might not be such … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Georgia Carvalho

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New England Chapter Chuck Howard Scholarship Thanks to the scholarship I received from GPA, I was able to attend the Grant’s Professional Association’s Annual Conference in November 2020.  At a time when travel and professional development budgets were being cut, not only at my institution, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity I was granted. My sincere thank you goes … Read More