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ADRP Zooms In: Blair Membership Scholarships

We are proud to announce the recipients of our Blair Membership Scholarships:

  • Devin Dunivent, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation
  • Flora Fox, University of Miami
  • Cheryl January, CJP
  • Dana Lackore, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Rosie Tarlton, Butler University
  • Sidney Tolani, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Hildee Wilson, University of Miami


Eleven Fifty Seven Award Winner

We are proud to announce Sidney Tolani as our 2020 Eleven Fifty Seven Design Concepts Awardee. Sidney is a Development Specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Sidney is in the early stages of her professional career but has already taken many strides to bring her talent and energy to the field. She is currently pursuing an MBA with a Healthcare Administration emphasis, so that, as she states, “can continue to work hard for my organization to the best of my abilities.”

Sidney is excited to become an ADRP member and enjoy this year’s virtual event. She looks forward to connecting with colleagues to learn how they have transformed their in-person communication to technology-based communication. Sidney also brings with her a dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion and says, “I believe that embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is how we intentionally create a space for positive outcomes to thrive. Every day I aspire to make sure that different voices are heard in my office and that my colleagues feel respected and valued in this environment. I want to work to constantly improve my work culture in order to meet the needs of myself and others in my office.” Please join us in welcoming our honoree and new member.

About Our Scholarship

With the COVID-19 health crisis sweeping across the globe, we know how challenging these coming weeks and months will be. In our unrelenting effort to support donor relations professionals' growth, we are providing membership assistance to those in need during this unprecedented crisis to give those an opportunity to attend our 2020 virtual event, ADRP Zooms In: Exploring a New World of Donor Relations.

This year, we have transitioned our Sheryl A. Blair Scholarships into membership scholarships to those in need, so they may attend our virtual event and benefit from our many other resources. 

The deadline for submitting an application was Wednesday, September 9. Thank you to all who applied!

Eligibility Criteria

  • Is currently working or has worked (in the last 6 months-year) in a fundraising, development, or advancement capacity.
  • Is currently holding or has held (in the last 6 months-year) a position focused mainly on donor relations or stewardship.
  • Renewing, lapsed, and new members may apply.

Selection Details

The Blair Scholarship Committee will review applications after the extended deadline of Wednesday, September 9. Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-September. 

Selected Applicants

Recipients will receive a one year membership, a digital scholarship certificate, and an exclusive invitation to a Zoom Happy Hour taking place before our virtual event. 

Application Preparation

Please consider the following questions in preparation for submitting your application. Written questions have a limit of 300 words. 

  1. Nominee/nominator contact information (name, title, address, phone, email)
  2. Organization name, type, size
  3. Experience level (years in donor relations, years in current position)
  4. Membership and volunteer status
  5. Background: Share your story and describe how your educational and professional background experience have led you to your current role
  6. Statement of financial need: Has COVID-19 impacted your employment status or your ability to participate in professional development opportunities? Please include details of resource constraints, loss of income due to furlough/lay-offs, contract losses, and other financial distress due to COVID-19.
  7. If you are a current ADRP member, would not receiving this scholarship affect your membership status?
  8. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: How is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion part of your personal and work mission?
  9. How will you bring a diverse perspective to ADRP?
  10. Challenges/opportunities: What challenges and/or opportunities do you or the stewardship/donor relations program at your organization face? How would an ADRP membership help you address these challenges/take advantage of these opportunities?
  11. Future aspirations: Where do you hope your career will take you?