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

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Anna Bilyeu

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Grant Professionals Foundation Scholarship When I realized that the Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference scheduled for November 2020 was going to be virtual instead of in beautiful Denver, CO, I was disappointed. Like so many other events of the year, it was something to look forward to, a highlight for me professionally. This was to be my first GPA conference. … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Bethany Watson

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Grant Professionals Foundation Scholarship While this year has presented its fair share of challenges, one particular highlight was my attendance at the 2020 GPA National Conference. Like most members of the nonprofit sector, the past few months have forced me to be flexible, resilient, and almost completely alter my original grants pipeline I had developed back in September of 2019. … Read More

GPA 2020 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay, by Alexandra Rudolph

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Grant Professionals Foundation Scholarship What can be said about the value of the Grants Professional Association’s Annual Conference and the Grant Professional Foundation’s Conference Scholarship to a grant professional? More than can be surmised in fifteen hundred words. However, defining the undefinable with efficiency and brevity is what we do best as grants professionals! Right?! I wish to first extend … Read More

“Dear Grant Professionals Foundation Board of Directors…”

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Thank you Dear Grant Professionals Foundation Board of Directors, Thank you for the conference scholarship that allowed me to attend the GPA Annual Conference in Chicago. This opportunity to attend workshops, network with peers, and focus on my development within the grant profession would not have been possible without your generous support through the Peach State Scholarship. Thank you for … Read More