Mariann Bishop Memorial Professional Development Grant
2021 Recipient: Lindy Speakman
One grant of $400 total.
The goal of this grant program is to encourage members to take advantage of educational opportunities that may be beyond their own or their employers' budgets. A secondary goal is to encourage the sharing of information with chapter members.
The grant recipient will be chosen from among submitted applications by random drawing at the chapter conference. The recipient must be a current chapter member to be eligible, but does not need to be in attendance at the conference.
Grant recipients will be asked to share their professional development experience with Apra PA members at the next chapter conference and/or through an article for the chapter e-newsletter.
Apra PA will submit a fee payment, not to exceed $400, directly to the organization sponsoring the professional meeting, conference, etc. The recipient is responsible for the balance of expenses associated with the event. Should the recipient be unable to use the award within the 12 months, the award may be offered to an alternative recipient.
Apra Pennsylvania officers are not eligible to receive the grant during their board term. Apra PA members who have received a grant or ApraPD scholarship from Apra PA within the 24 months preceding Apra PA’s Annual Fall Conference are ineligible to receive the grant. All other Apra PA members with current, paid status are eligible to receive the grant. The recipient must use the grant within 12 months of award selection. The recipient is required to share how they used the grant with Apra PA constituents. They may do so through a presentation at a chapter conference or in an article submitted before the chapter's next scheduled annual conference.
2020 Danielle Bornstein, Freelance
2019 Sarah Durney, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
2018 Della Keyser, Villanova University
2017 Valerie Smith, Villanova University
2014 Christine Benecke, Gettysburg College
2008 Sarah Cadbury, LaSalle University
2008 Beth Ann Scruggs, Lycoming College
2007 Tia Guinivan, Franklin & Marshall College
2006 Dor Remsen, Bloomsburg University Foundation
2002 Carolyn Gordon, McDaniel College
2001 Gini Mauchley, Jan Greiff Research Associates
Members of Apra Pennsylvania may apply for the Grant within the Members section of the website. Account login required.
About Mariann Bishop
The grant is named in memory of Mariann Bishop, a long-time friend, colleague and dedicated member of Apra PA since its founding as PREP/APRA. We are extremely grateful for Mariann’s contribution to our organization, from her work as Membership Director, to her key role in establishing the chapter’s presence on the Internet. Simply put, her work was critical in making the chapter the thriving organization it is today. Mariann worked for Millersville University for more than 20 years, retiring in 2006 from the Office of Research and Data Management. She died on December 14, 2007.
In Fall 2007, APRA-PA began awarding Professional Development Grants valued at up to $350 to current Apra PA members at the Annual Fall Conference. The grants may be used to attend an Apra PA-approved conference. At times, we have selected the recipient randomly from all applications received. At other times, a selection committee has chosen a recipient based on the applicant's planned use of funds.
APRA Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a state chapter of APRA, an international membership organization that "serves and educates fund-raising professionals interested in advancement research and promotes the profession of advancement research."