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AFPKC offers several scholarships to support professional development for fundraising professionals.

Chamberlain Scholarship
The Chamberlain Scholarship program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999. Mr. Chamberlain’s dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation’s annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the Association.

Each year, AFPKC awards the Chamberlain scholarship to cover the cost of the AFP ICON conference (a $799 value), along with a $500 travel stipend to one AFPKC member who has never attended AFP ICON before.  The 2023 event is scheduled for April 16-18, 2023 in New Orleans, LA.

To apply for this premier scholarship, please complete this form to submit your application before October 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed in November, and the winner will be announced in the December newsletter.


General Membership Scholarships
AFPKC offers a scholarship to cover the $70 chapter dues for new members. The opportunity is designed for students interested in the nonprofit sector, newly employed and job-seeking fundraising professionals, as well as professionals working for a small nonprofit.  More information and applications will be available after January 1, 2023.

AFPKC Diversity Scholarship
Diversity and inclusion are important to AFPKC. This scholarship covers the membership dues for an individual who either self-identifies as being from a diverse community or represents an organization serving a diverse community. Eligible diverse communities are defined by AFP Global and include African-American, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural or another underrepresented community.  More information and applications will be available after January 1, 2023.

Logo_FullColor_CFRE_300_x_266.jpg CFRE Scholarship

AFPKC offers partial scholarships for members to offset the cost of applying for the CFRE. More information and applications will be available after January 1, 2023.

If you have questions about any of these scholarship opportunities, please contact us at