Chapter Scholarships

There are many opportunities to grow and develop as a fundraising professional through AFP, and our chapter offers scholarships to help cover the costs of membership and educational conferences or courses. We encourage you to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities to attain or retain AFP membership, and increase your professionalism, knowledge and skills.

The following scholarships are open to members and perspective members of the AFP Western PA Chapter.

Emerging Philanthropy Conference (B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship)


  • Applications will be accepted from March 1 - April 1
  • Four $100 awards

Partnering with the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, the next conference will be held on April 27, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

CFRE Exam Test Scholarship


  • Applications accepted March 1-April 15
  • One $875 award

Available to first-time test takers to cover fee for test.

CFRE 2017 Exam Dates and Fees


Membership - open to all members, new or renewing 

  • Applications will be accepted from February 1 – March 30 (Two $150 awards)
  • Applications will be accepted from September 1 – October 30 (Two $150 awards)

Now through the end of 2017, four Membership Scholarships of $150 are available by application to any fundraising professional who is interested in joining AFP or renewing an active membership and has financial need.   Those selected to receive this scholarship will be required to serve on a Chapter Committee (click here for a list of committees).  Anyone who joins or will renew in 2017 is eligible.  

AFP International Conference Scholarships


AFP-WPA Scholarship

  • Applications accepted from February 1 – March 30
  • Two $500 awards

Available to any member. Funds may be used for the 2017 AFP International Conference (April 30-May 1, 2017, San Francisco) or for Early-Bird registration for 2018 Conference (April 15-17, 2018, New Orleans)

Chamberlain Scholarship and B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship

  • Application accepted from September 1 –October 15
  • One $500 travel stipend and conference registration

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy sponsors the Chamberlain Scholarship Program. This supports part of the costs of attending the AFP International Conference. The Western PA Chapter matches this grant from the B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship Fund. One individual will be selected to receive the award, which includes registration for the AFP International Conference and $500 travel stipend. Qualified candidates must not have attended the AFP International Conference in the past.

Upcoming AFP International Fundraising Conferences*:

  • 2018 - New Orleans, LA (April 15-17, 2018)
  • 2019 - San Antonio, TX
  • 2020 - Baltimore, MD
  • 2021 - Minneapolis, MN

*Subject to change

Visit the official conference website -

Leadership Development

  • Applications accepted from February 1 – March 30
  • $2,000 total (award increments vary)

Service on our chapter's board of directors requires not only a significant time commitment but a dedication to professional service and leadership.  We want to further the leadership education and development of these chapter volunteers by offering scholarships for attendance at any local, regional or national educational program or conference. 

If you would like to take advantage of this chance to enrich your leadership skills AND give back to our chapter members through service, consider joining the board of directors.  Nominations are accepted in the fall for the following year’s term.  Check our web site for more information.

CFRE Review Course (2017 and odd-numbered years)

  • Applications will be accepted from September 1 –October 30
  • Four $125 awards

The CREE Review Course is sponsored by the chapter in odd-numbered years and is intended as a brush up for the CFRE examination. The CFRE Review Course will be offered in the fall of 2017.

Fundamentals of Fundraising (B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship) (2018 and even-numbered years)

The Fundamentals of Fundraising course is for those who are new to the profession or want a refresher in fund raising fundamentals. 

Diversity Fellows Program

The Diversity Fellows Program will serves as an outreach initiative of the AFPWPA Chapter by providing opportunities for inclusion in the chapter’s membership to minority populations. The Diversity Fellows Program is intended to increase awareness of the mutual benefits of diversity and inclusion for Chapter members, offer guidance to unrepresented fundraising professionals in achieving their career objectives, and provide networking and professional development opportunities to minority fundraising professionals.

Application Deadline--November 30, 2017 for 2018-2019 

Program Overview

About B. Jeanne Williams Scholarships

B. Jeanne Williams, ACFRE, was a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), now known at the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP). She was passionate about fund raising, professional development and mentoring fellow development officers. In recognition of her significant contributions and service to the profession and the organization, the scholarship program was named in her honor.

In general, because the organization believes that employer organizations must invest in their employees and their professional development, partial scholarships are offered depending on funds available. Funds coming back to the chapter from the chapter and AFP International.