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Scholarships and Grants

Apra-MN is pleased to offer scholarships and professional development giveaways 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.

You must be an Apra-MN member and recipients can only receive one scholarship and giveaway per year. If there are more applicants than scholarships available, the board or an independent selection committee will randomly select recipients.

Keep an eye out each month for calls to apply for Professional Development Giveaways and for scholarships to the APRA-MN local conference and the APRA International conference. 

Apra International PD Conference Scholarship

For Apra International, we offered two Virtual Registrations to the Apra PD conference taking place on July 27-29. This year's PD conference includes in-person and virtual content, but Apra-MN chose to fund two virtual registrations. You can check out what a virtual registration entails on the Apra website. Congratulations to our winners, Andrea Dowd and Christy Baker.

Apra-MN Conference Scholarship

Apra-MN is offering two in-person and one virtual scholarship to the local Apra-MN conference on October 13, 2022. Any current Apra-MN member is eligible to apply by filling out the scholarship submission form. Scholarship submissions are due September 5th, and winners will be notified September 6th. 

Apra-MN Professional Development Giveaways

Grants/Giveways: Apra-MN is moving away from open-ended grants to professional development giveaways for the rest of 2022. Our prior grant process had very few applicants and was not the best use of our professional development funds, reaching only a tiny subset of our members. Going forward, we've decided that each month, we will offer a giveaway - we'll choose an item, a webinar, a training, or any other professional development item and offer it to our members in a giveaway. This should get more items into more hands! Keep an eye on the Networker each month to see what item we're giving away and to get a link to submit your name!

September Giveaway: 

Apra-MN is giving away a copy of Clifton Strengths 34 (formerly known as StrengthsFinders, from Gallup). The Clifton Strengths is a personality assessment tool used in many workplaces to highlight a person's strengths across 34 traits that are broken into four categories: strategic thinking, relationship building, influencing, and executing. This giveaway will provide you a link to take the Clifton Strengths assessment online and view your full results, with in-depth descriptions of your strength areas, ideas for action, and advice about identifying and managing potential blind spots.. To enter for a chance to win, please submit your name and email before the end of September. 

You must be a current Apra-MN member to apply. The Apra-MN Board Vice President will randomly select a winner and notify them on the first business day of the following month.

If you have item suggestions for future giveaways, let us know!

Scholarship FAQs

Am I eligible?
Grants are available for Apra-MN members in good standing.

How are giveaways awarded?

Giveaways and scholarships are awarded randomly based on a drawing of names. After ensuring Apra-MN membership is up-to-date, Apra-MN will notify recipients and set plans to cover the expense or order the giveaway item.

How do I receive a grant or giveaway?

Apply! Grant announcements are made in the Apra-MN Connections newsletter. Specific deadlines and timelines of the award will be communicated to the membership for each scholarship.

If I have additional questions or ideas of giveaway items, who can I contact?

Contact Janna Lee.

Past Recipients


  • Jaclyn O'Grady
  • Andrea Dowd
  • Christy Baker
  • Shanna Ames
  • Margo Abramson


  • 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. 
  • 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.


    • Lydia Tonoyan, Union Gospel Mission
    • Laura Brown, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
    • Patricia Johnson, Consultant
    • Christy Baker, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    • Jessica Hennek - Animal Humane Society
    • Mary Wolff - Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary
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