Scholarships

Scholarships 2020-05-21T17:47:57-04:00

Professional Scholarships

The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter promotes the professional development and career advancement of its members through educational programming and by offering a network of professional resources that can help members generate philanthropic support for their organizations.

We recognize that financial constraints can limit educational opportunities for our members. We are proud to help offset the cost through our scholarships.

Five types of scholarship awards are being offered:

  • The Presidential Membership Scholarships cover a full professional membership to our chapter for a year (up to 5 will be awarded)
  • Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarships assist in the tuition cost for the spring and fall sessions of our Fundraising master class (2 will be awarded)
  • Seeds Scholarships Provides $100 towards a Small Organization AFP Membership (up to 5 will be awarded)
  • Chamberlain Scholarship covers the registration fee and travel to the 2020 AFP International Conference – Typically March/April (1 will be awarded)
  • CFRE Scholarships covers CFRE Refresher Course fee and the exam fee for fundraisers planning to take the CFRE exam in 2020  (up to 5 will be awarded)
  • YP Scholarships support those who are newer to a career in the development field. (up to 5 will be awarded)
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Presidential Scholarship

I am humbled and honored to be selected as the recipient of the Presidential Membership Scholarship that pays tribute to the excellent leadership of Tricia Sunders during her 2019 presidency. This scholarship will enable me to dive back into the chapter and I am excited to share that I will be leading the SNAP (Seasoned Network of Advancement Professionals) efforts this year. Thank you for providing the opportunity for this seasoned professional to be involved again!” Betsy Wilson, Crayons to Computers

(Deadline: March 11, June 16, and Sep 9, 2020)

The Presidential Membership Scholarship pays tribute to the excellent leadership Tricia Sunders provided to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter during her 2019 presidency. This gift of appreciation is a meaningful expression of acknowledgement of a job well done and honors Tricia’s commitment to professional fundraising and the community. This scholarship award, a one-year AFP Professional Membership, can be redeemed immediately.

In awarding this unique scholarship, the Scholarship Committee will look for candidates who have the potential to excel in the fundraising profession. It is a condition of the award of this one-year scholarship that the recipient contributes back to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter as a committee member.

Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate is employed by a non-profit organization operating within the Greater Cincinnati area served by the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter or currently seeking employment in the fundraising field
  • Candidate is primarily responsible for fundraising within the nonprofit organization for which he/she is employed
  • Demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will be given to individuals employed by organizations whose budgets are constrained and/or the individual would be responsible for paying their own membership dues.
  • Scholarship is open to a new or existing member.  Candidate must want to advance philanthropy by practicing ethical and effective fundraising that changes our community for the better
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to engage with others. Does the candidate exhibit a tendency to proactively and enthusiastically build productive relationships with people?

2020 Presidential Scholarship Recipients: 

  • Stacie Strotman, Covington Partners
  • Betsy Wilson, Crayons to Computers

Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship

(Deadline: March 11 and June 16, 2020)

“This scholarship gives me the tools to move from a good fundraiser to a great fundraiser. In my position, it is my job to build and cultivate relationships with current and new partners. Learning new skills to achieve this task can only better St. Joseph Orphanage and the children we serve. I plan to attend the Fundamentals of Fundraising seminar and continue to take advantage of the trainings offered by AFP. Thank you for this opportunity!”  Joelle Gilbert | St. Joseph Orphanage

Two full scholarships are offered to attend AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s spring or fall session of Fundamentals of Fundraising. This course is a fundraising master class covering various aspects of development. It is designed for newcomers to the field and senior non-profit professionals who want to learn more about fundraising.
Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing
  • The individual has not received an AFP scholarship in the past three years
  • The number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants
  • After participating in the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, scholarship recipients should submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing how the course was beneficial to them
  • Scholarship recipient is required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2020 Spring FoF Scholarship Recipient: Joelle Gilbert, St. Joseph Orphanage
2020 Fall FoF Scholarship Recipient: TBD

Seeds Scholarships

(Deadline: Ongoing application window)

“I have been told by several colleagues the importance of joining AFP and the benefit to myself and Villedge.  

Leading the Fund Development for our agency is a job within itself, so having a larger network to connect with especially during this pressing time will be incredibly beneficial to our work. It’s not always first of mind to join new networks during a crisis as most are trying to maintain, so having this scholarship awarded is a great push to continue building my skills and staying abreast in this area. Thank you! ” Katie Nzekwu , Villedge Inc. 

The AFP Chapter Seeds Scholarship provides a Small Organization AFP membership.  The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter is committed to helping small nonprofit organizations get the seed money they need to secure an AFP membership.  This seed money is an investment to help small nonprofits build their fundraising toolbox.  It’s our desire that these fundraising professionals will become long-term members through the kick start funding of a Seeds Scholarship.

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Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate is employed by a small non-profit organization with a budget under $1M operating within the Greater Cincinnati area served by the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • Candidate is the person primarily responsible for fundraising within the nonprofit organization for which he/she is employed
  • Demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will only be given to individuals employed by small nonprofit organizations whose budgets are constrained.
  • Scholarship is open to a new or lapsed member.Candidate must want to advance philanthropy by practicing ethical and effective fundraising that changes our community for the better.
  • The applicant/nonprofit organization has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past three years
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

Three Seeds Scholarships are available each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all scholarships have been awarded.

2020 Seeds Scholarship Recipients:

  • Katie Nzekwu, Villedge Inc.
  • Elizabeth Smith, Pathways to Home

Chamberlain Scholarship

(Deadline Sep 9, 2020)

“I am honored and grateful to be chosen to receive the Chamberlain Scholarship. Having the opportunity to attend the International Conference will increase my knowledge and has invigorated my passion for serving our community.” Donial Curry, Beech Acres Parenting Center

The Chamberlain Scholarship program is awarded through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, and honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Chamberlain Scholarship covers the cost of registration for the 2021 AFP International Conference (typically held in March/April) while the matching chapter scholarship provides up to $1,200 for travel and lodging. All recipients must be first-time attendees of the International Conference.

The scholarship recipient is responsible for registering for the Conference. For more information about the International Conference visit www.afpicon.com.

Guidelines:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing
  • Candidate must be employed as a fundraising professional or, if candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising
  • Candidate has never attended an AFP or NSFRE international conference on fundraising as a registered participant (unless as a member of the Conference Host Committee)
  • Recipients must agree to submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing how the International Conference was beneficial to them
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2020 Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient: TBD

CFRE Scholarship

(Deadline Jun 16, 2020)

The CFRE precedes reputation. It reinforces that I am a leader in this industry not just as an executor, but as a strategist, ethicist and critical thinker. Now I just need to live up to that and improve every day!  .” Matthew Gellin, Freestore Foodbank and American Legacy Theatre

The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter offers up to five scholarships that cover the cost of the CFRE Refresher Course PLUS reimburse recipients for the CFRE exam fee of $700 upon passing the exam. For reimbursement, applicants must pass the exam within one year of attending the CFRE Refresher Course.

Guidelines:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing and engaged in the practice or study of philanthropy
  • Scholarships will only be available for first-time applicants
  • The applicant has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past three years
  • Applicants must submit documentation of passing the exam within one year of attending the CFRE Refresher Course.
  • The amount and number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants
  • After passing the CFRE exam, the recipient should submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing their experience and offer advice to those who are interested in taking the exam
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2020 CFRE Scholarship Recipients: TBD

Young Professionals Scholarships

“This scholarship will allow me to continue my passion in finding resources and funding to create the best learning experience for our students. Being in this organization will allow me to be mentored by the best in the Greater Cincinnati area. I am excited for the opportunity to learn all that I can so I can serve my community and students in the way that they deserve. ” Marsha High III, Northern Kentucky University

(Deadline: June 16, and Sep 9, 2020)

The AFP Young Professional Scholarship supports those who are newer to a career in the development field. Three $100 membership scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are looking to further their professional development, gain knowledge and take part in all that AFP has to offer to its members.

The YP Mission Statement: The YP Committee looks to integrate and develop the voice of all young professionals across the Greater Cincinnati chapter.

The AFP Cincinnati Chapter defines “YP” as someone who is of 40 years of age or younger AND/OR is someone who has less than 7 years of fundraising experience. For individuals 3o years of age or older, this scholarship covers $100 of the $330 membership dues.

Guidelines:

  • Available to AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter individual members in good standing and engaged in the practice or study of philanthropy looking to renew their membership OR an individual looking to pursue a new membership with AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • The applicant has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past three years
  • This scholarship is limited to young professionals as defined by AFP Cincinnati: Someone who is of 40 years of age or younger AND/OR is someone who has less than 7 years of fundraising experience.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2020 Young Professional Scholarship Recipients: TBD

Questions: please email admin@afpcincinnati.org

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**Note: The amount and number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants