Scholarship Opportunities

AFP Eastern Iowa chapter offers various scholarship opportunities to members. We are here to make professional resources, education and advancements accessible to all. 
In the past, we've awarded scholarships and grants for things like annual AFP memberships, Chamberlain Scholarships, educational sessions and more.

2023 Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship - Deadline December 12, 2022
The Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship provides a scholarship which covers the recipient’s conference registration to AFP ICON 2023 in New Orleans. 
  • Candidates must be employed as a full-time fundraising professional or spend at least fifty percent of their time fundraising for their employer.
  • Candidates must have never attended an AFP or NSFRE International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant (unless as a member of the Conference Host Committee) and is enthusiastic to attend the full conference as scheduled.
  • Candidates must provide proof of full vaccination to be granted access to the event. 
  • Candidates must agree to complete an online evaluation form about his or her experience at AFP ICON.

Application Process
  1. Applicants must complete the Eastern Iowa AFP Chapter application and return to NO LATER THAN December 12, 2022 .
  2. The scholarship will be paid directly to the International Conference registration.
  3. Chamberlain Scholars will receive instructions from AFP International for registering themselves for the conference.
  4. Scholars are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.

Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, beginning in the 1960s and until his death in 1999. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation's annual fund and generous planned gift, the International AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain's memory and commitment to the Association. 
Read more about Ralph E. Chamberlain here.



The AFP Eastern Iowa Chapter would like to congratulate this year's recipients of this year's AFP membership and Chamberlain scholarships.

2022 Membership Scholarship Awards:
Aaron Amundson, Willis Dady Homeless Services
Karol Shepherd, Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
Ashlee Hopkins, Bur Oak Land Trust
Robin Chaffe, Gems of Hope
Kim Hanna, YPN

2022 Chamberlain Scholarship Award Winner
Patti Kunz, Mercy Medical Center Foundation