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Scholarships and Grants

Apra-MN is pleased to offer scholarships and professional development grants to its members to cover the cost of attendance at the  local conference, the annual Apra International conference, and other professional development opportunities that arise.

These funds can be used to supplement conference fees, purchase a subscription, aid in funding a work project, or pay for a webinar. You must be an Apra-MN member and recipients can only receive one grant per year. Grant recipients are selected based on how much funding they are requesting, how many people apply, and if the use of those funds is appropriate. If there are more applicants than funds available, the board or an independent selection committee will randomly select recipients based on merit and use of funds--anonymously of course.

Keep an eye out throughout the year for calls to apply for Professional Development Grants in March, June and October and for scholarships to the APRA-MN local conference and the APRA International conference. 

Apra-MN Professional Development Grant

The final round of the 2021 Professional Development Grant window is now closed. Please check back in early 2022 for more information on the 2022 Professional Development Grant cycle.

In 2021, Apra-MN was able to offer 3 rounds for current members to apply for $750 in professional development grants. The funds need to be used through the end of 2021 and could go towards helping your pay (in part or in full) for webinars, conferences, prospect management-related projects at your workplace, and other trainings. Funds cannot be used for memberships of any kind for any organization. Grant recipients can only receive one grant per fiscal year. Funds must be used by Dec. 31st, 2021.

Congratulations to the 2021 grant recipients listed below. 

2021 Grant Recipients - Final Round:

Penny Anderson, 360 Communities: to help cover costs for Six Sigma Training.

Mary Wolff, St. John's University School of Theology: to help pay for CRM training. 

2021 Grant Recipients - Second Round:

No applications were submitted for second round. 

2021 Grant Recipients - First Round:

Don Irwin, Lutheran Social Services: to help cover costs for a CRFE application and exam.

Carrie Gess, University of Northwestern St. Paul: to help pay for publications for use.

Susan Hill, St. Olaf College: to help pay for costs to attend the virtual Case DRIVE Conference.

Apra-MN Chapter Conference

Every year, Apra-MN offers the chance for a number of individuals to apply for scholarships to attend our Chapter Conference! 

2020 Chapter Conference Scholarship Winners

Lydia Tonoyan, Union Gospel Mission

Laura Brown, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Patricia Johnson, Consultant

Christy Baker, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

2020 Apra Midwest Conference Scholarship Winners

Jessica Hennek - Animal Humane Society
Mary Wolff - Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary

Apra International PD Conference Scholarship

The 2021 International PD Conference Scholarship was for the virtual conference held July 27 - July 30, 2021. The recipient of the Apra International PD Conference for 2021 will be able to attend all four days of the virtual conference at no expense to your office or organization! Registration for the virtual event includes all education sessions, networking events, access to session recordings, and the virtual exhibit hall. 

The winning winning recipient is only eligible for one conference scholarship in a fiscal year. If you have received a professional development grant in 2021, you are still eligible to apply for a conference scholarship. Only current Apra-MN members will be eligible to win.

Scholarship FAQs

Am I eligible?
Scholarships for chapter and international conferences are available for members not currently serving on the chapter board. Applicants for the international conference must also be members of Apra International or become members in order to receive the award. Winners of international conference scholarships must wait one year before applying again.

How are scholarships awarded?
The award process varies for each of the scholarships.  For the scholarships that require a committee to review, the applications are reviewed without applicant names.  The most successful candidates write about both their merit and fiscal needs.

How do I win a scholarship?
Apply! Scholarship announcements are made before every conference. Specific deadlines and timelines of the award will be communicated to the membership for each scholarship.

If I have additional questions, who can I contact?
Contact Janna Lee.
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