Chair: Debra Neff-Maurer

Selection Committee

  • Mella Castner
  • Vi Leggett
  • Vondea Sheaffer
  • Tracy Schlemmer
  • Pam Valentine
Contact Scholarship Committee

The mission of AFP is to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals, and the AFPNEO Chapter dedicates its resources to that mission by providing several scholarship opportunities throughout the year.

Scholarship Policy

AFPNEO uses a portion of our net assets to offer scholarships for fundraising professionals in northeast Ohio. This provides every member with the opportunity to increase their professionalism, knowledge, and skills by attending professional development meetings and conferences at both the local and national levels.  

 Scholarship Procedures

  1. To be considered for an award, each applicant must submit a completed application prior to the deadline.
  2. The scholarship committee will review all applications and make award decisions. Both winners and alternates may be selected.
  3. Awards may be for the full amount requested or a portion thereof.
  4. Payment of an award is conditional on the recipient fulfilling the obligation for which the award is made. If a recipient cannot use the scholarship, it may be awarded to an alternate.

For more information, please Dawn Moeglin, chapter administrator at

Scholarship Application Criteria

  1. Applicants must be employed by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization/registered charity located within AFPNEO's geographic service area (northeast Ohio).
  2. Candidates should demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will be given to those responsible for paying their own membership dues or to those employed by organizations with constrained budgets.
  3. Only one individual from an organization may be selected for any one scholarship.
  4. Applicants must not have received any other chapter scholarship during the previous calendar year.
  5. Award recipients may be asked to serve on one committee within one year of receiving the scholarship.
  6. Award recipients will be asked to demonstrate the impact of their scholarship (i.e. brief presentation at a chapter professional development event or short written testimonial for the newsletter, annual report, etc.).
  7. Scholarship recipients will be required to complete an evaluation within one year of receiving the scholarship.



Eligibility: Members 
Deadline: March 12

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Focus on Philanthropy Conference Scholarship, which provides free registration to the conference on April 28, 2021. The application deadline is March 31.


Eligibility: Members or Non-Members
Deadline: Apply Anytime

Both members and non-members may apply for the National Membership scholarship. The scholarship will cover the recipient’s national dues for one year (up to a $250 value), and the recipient is expected to pay the local chapter’s $35 dues. All scholarships granted to current members will become effective once their current membership has expired. Apply for this scholarship anytime. The committee will review the applications on a bi-monthly basis.

In addition to the criteria above:

  • Applicant must submit a letter of support from a current AFPNEO member and/or their organization's executive director.
  • Applicants must choose between the Professional, Young Professional, and Small Nonprofit membership categories. Click here to see the descriptions of each level.
  • Membership scholarship recipients who attend at least three meetings and serve on a committee within one year of receiving the scholarship will receive a 50% membership scholarship the following year.


Eligibility: Members 
Deadline: October 1 - extended to January 31, 2022

AFPNEO welcomes any active chapter member who has not attended an AFP or NSFRE International Conference to apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship. With support from the AFP Foundation, every AFP chapter can offer one Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the recipient’s conference registration, minus a $10 processing fee, to the AFP ICON.

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.


Eligibility: Members
Deadline: June 30

Members of AFPNEO are eligible to apply for the Leadership Akron Diversity on Board Scholarship, which provides full-tuition to the Leadership Akron Diversity on Board (LADOB) program. Running from October 3 to May 7, LADOB provides leadership development, education, and board matching services to advance racial/ethnic minority representation on nonprofit and public boards. The AFP Scholarship Chairs will select one person to receive the $500 scholarship, and that person must apply by May 1 and be successfully admitted to the program. AFPNEO cannot guarantee that the scholarship recipient will be selected for Leadership Akron's program. The deadline for AFP’s scholarship application is May 1.

In addition to the criteria above:

  • The recipient must be selected for participation in the program by Leadership Akron