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.

Membership - open to all members, new or renewing 

  • Winter/Spring Application Period: February 1–April 15, 2018 *closed*
  • Summer/Fall Application Period: August 15–October 15, 2018 *closed*

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 2018 is eligible.  


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

CFRE Review Course (2019 and odd-numbered years)

  • Summer/Fall Application Period: August 15–October 15, 2018 *closed*

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


Emerging Philanthropy Conference Scholarship

  • Application Period: Februay 1-March 15 *closed*
  • Four $100 awards
  • EPC Website

Available to any member to attend Pittsburgh Emerging Philanthropy Conference, April 26, 2018

AFP International Conference Scholarships


AFP-WPA Scholarship

  • Application Period: February 1-April 15, 2018 *closed*

Available to any member. Funds may be used for the 2018 AFP International Conference (April 15-17, 2018, New Orleans) or for Early-Bird registration for 2019 Conference (San Antionio, TX)

Chamberlain Scholarship and B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship

  • Application Period: August 15 – October 15, 2018 *closed*
  • 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.


Diverse Communities Scholarship

  • Application period:  September 1 – October 31, 2018. 
  • Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 1, 2018.
  • This scholarship opportunity is open to AFP members and nonmembers

AFP is pleased to offer $1,500 scholarships ($799 conference registration fee + some travel expenses) for each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the diversity scholarship campaign, for your generosity and for helping to ensure the success of this program.

AFP’s diverse communities include: African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or another underrepresented community. 


Upcoming AFP International Fundraising Conferences*:

*Subject to change

Visit the official conference website -

CFRE Exam Test

Available to first-time test takers to cover fee for test, administered four times throughout the year.

Leadership Development

  • Application Period: February 1--April 15, 2018 *closed*
  • Award amount 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.

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.

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.