Apra PA Mentorship Program

This program is open to Apra PA members interested in expanding their knowledge and involvement in the prospect research profession. More information and the application can be found on the mentor page, where you will be prompted to login with your username and password.

2019 Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Sarah Durney, Associate Researcher, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, who received the Mariann Bishop Memorial Professional Development Grant at the 2019 Apra PA Chapter Conference. 

Mariann Bishop Memorial Professional Development Grant

2019 Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019

Note: Only members with an Active, paid status are eligible to receive this grant. You can check your current membership status by logging into your Apra PA account with the Login button at the top right of the webpage.

To apply, Apra PA members may login to gain access to the Members section of the website and apply under the Mariann Bishop Memorial Professional Development Grant Application page.

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.

Selection Process
The grant recipient will be chosen from among submitted applications by rando
m 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 next 12 months, the award may be offered to an alternate.

Apra PA officers are not eligible during their term. Only members with current, paid status are eligible to receive the grant. The recipient must use the grant within 12 months of the award and share information about the event with Apra PA members. This may be accomplished through a presentation at a chapter conference, or in an occasional article published on the chapter website, and/or in an e-newsletter and should be completed before the next scheduled chapter conference.

Recent Recipients
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

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 two Professional Development Grants valued at up to $350 each to current Apra PA members at the Annual Fall Conference. The grants may be used to attend an Apra PA-approved conference. (Previously, one $250 award was given.) 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 internatioanl memberhsip organization that "serves and educates fund-raising professionals interested in advancement research and promotes the profession of advancement research."

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