The Birthplace of Apra

Scholarships and Grants

Apra-MN offers scholarships to its members to cover the cost of attendance at the Apra-MN local conference, the annual Apra International conference, and other opportunities that arise.

Apra-MN Professional Development Grant

2021 has many of us anxious and concerned about a number of things. We here at Apra-MN want to ease some of that by offering more scholarship opportunities and professional development grants than ever before! This year, we are opening our grant application process three months early, offering three chances to apply, and offering more funds over all to help our members!

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.

Grants applications will be accepted in March, June, and October and we will notify the Apra-MN community via emails and social media!

It's time for our second of three rounds of funding in 2021! Registration is May 24-June 7th.


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! Details for the 2021 Conference are still being planned, so stay tuned!

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

Each year we are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to the Apra International PD Conference. The 2021 Conference will be virtual and Apra-MN will be able to offer once again the chance for two Chapter members to attend! More details to come as Conference registration approaches.

If you have applied for both the Apra International PD Conference and the Apra-MN Chapter Conference, you will only be eligible for one of the two scholarships.

Congratulations to our two scholarship recipients!

Jennifer Price - Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Sara Buesing - Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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 Andrea Dowd at
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software