Scholarships

Scholarships 2021-06-30T15:49:27-04:00

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.

In light of hardships created by the pandemic, in 2021, our chapter will be waiving the requirement for scholarship applicants to wait three years before applying again. If you received a scholarship in 2019 or 2020, you are eligible to apply in 2021.

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 a Small Organization AFP Membership (up to 5 will be awarded)
  • Chamberlain Scholarship covers the registration fee and travel to the 2022 AFP International Conference – Typically March/April (1 will be awarded)
  • CFRE Scholarships covers CFRE Refresher Course fee AND reimbursement of the exam fee for recipients passing the CFRE exam within one year of taking the Refresher Course.  (up to 5 will be awarded)
  • YP Scholarships covers a full membership to 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 thrilled to be joining AFP for a year of learning, networking and most importantly growth. This scholarship will enable me to become a more effective fundraiser which will not only enrich our organization but also our connection with the greater Cincinnati community.” Polly Heinkel, American Legacy Theatre

(Deadline: Sept 10, 2021)

The Presidential Membership Scholarship pays tribute to the excellent leadership Rachel Kirley provided to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter during her 2020 presidency. This gift of appreciation is a meaningful expression of acknowledgement of a job well done and honors Rachel’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?
  • Scholarship recipient is required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2021 Presidential Scholarship Recipients: 

  • Polly Heinkel, American Legacy Theatre
  • Carmen Lawrence-Bille, Activities Beyond the Classroom
  • Lauren Weissman, Dohn Community High School
  • Tammy Wernke, University of Cincinnati Foundation

Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship

(Deadline: Closed for 2021)

“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

2021 FoF Scholarship Recipient: TBD

Seeds Scholarships

(Deadline: Ongoing application window)

“A special thanks to the Cincinnati Chapter of AFP for providing scholarship opportunities for many to gain access to the professional development and networking, now more than ever. I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship and plan to engage with my colleagues and learn all that I can to continue to grow my skills in fundraising and share with those that may have interest in our field.” Dolores Dodson, The University of Cincinnati Foundation

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.

2021 Seeds Scholarship Recipients:

  • TBD

Chamberlain Scholarship

(Deadline: Sept 10, 2021)

I recently took the Fundamentals of Fundraising course and I know that only scratches the surface of what I need to know to become an amazing fundraiser in the non-profit world. I’m hoping if given the chance to attend the 2021 AFP International Conference I can continue building my professional network. I have a long term goal of pursuing my CFRE, so I’m looking to learn from as many people as I possibly can.” Hanna Firestone , Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

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 2022 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

2021 Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient:
       TBD

CFRE Scholarship

(Deadline: Closed for 2021)

This scholarship is important to me because I know the next step in my career is to become a CFRE. Having those letters after my name will open up more job opportunities and make me stand out as a candidate. My ideas and recommendations will have more weight behind them as CFRE credentials will bolster my credibility.”  Rebecca  Vachon CFRE, The Nonprofit Spot

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

2021 CFRE Scholarship Recipients:

  • TBD

Young Professionals Scholarships

“As a non-member, I drove from Columbus to connect with local professionals and engage in conversation about fundraising strategies. As roundtable discussions concluded and participants exchanged business cards I shamelessly distributed printed copies of my resume. I knew I wanted to continue working with a mission oriented nonprofit and was eager to find a company that aligned with my values. ” Marissa Goolsby , The American Red Cross

(Deadline: Sep 10, 2021)

The AFP Young Professional Scholarship supports those who are newer to a career in the development field. Five YP 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.

“YP” is someone who is of 30 years of age or younger.

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: Someone who is 30 years of age or younger.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2021 Young Professional Scholarship Recipient: 

  • Carlos García León, Cincinnati Opera

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