10th Annual Sheryl A. Blair Scholarships

Established in 2007 to honor the memory of former ADRP board member Sheryl Blair, the Sheryl A. Blair Scholarship provides up to ten stipends of $1,000 to newcomers and experienced professionals in the donor relations/stewardship field to cover ADRP International Conference expenses. Recipients are responsible for covering expenses beyond the scholarship award amount. Blair Scholars will be recognized at the 2017 ADRP Annual International Conference.

Learn more about Sheryl A. Blair.

The 2017 application deadline has now passed. Applications for the 15th Annual International Conference will open Spring 2018. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be an ADRP member - Not a member? Join now!
  2. Be employed at least 30 hours a week in a non-profit organization or agency;
  3. Hold a position focused mainly on donor relations or stewardship. 

To determine if you qualify for the newcomer or experienced professional award, please answer the following question: Have you been in your current position for fewer than two years and worked in a fundraising, development, or advancement capacity for fewer than four years?

If you answered yes, you are a Newcomer.
If you answered no, you are an Experienced Professionals.

Note: Priority will be given to those applicants whose attendance at the 2017 ADRP International Conference is their only opportunity for professional development for the year.

Awardee Requirements

If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will be asked to submit the following one month prior to the conference:

Newcomer: A 15 second video describing what the scholarship opportunity means to you and/or the takeaways that you are most looking forward to from the conference.

Experienced Professional: A photo and quote about the challenges being faced by your organization and how you hope that attending the conference will help.

Newcomer awardees will be matched with an Experienced Professional awardee mentor to experience the conference together as much as possible (attending sessions together when appropriate, sitting together at meals, etc.) The pair will also be matched with one member of the 2017 Scholarship Committee throughout the conference to enhance your experience, provide mentorship and facilitate networking opportunities.

2017 Sheryl A. Blair Scholarship Committee

Flordelisa Dolan, Donor Relations Manager, AARP Foundation

Annie Madio, Director of Donor Relations, University of New England
Carol Murphrey, Program Manager, UIC Foundation
Pam Powell, Assistant Director, Donor Relations, Oregon State University Foundation
Samantha Sanchez, Assistant Director, Donor Relations, Loyola University Chicago
Meredeth Summers, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship, Guilford College

2016 Sheryl A. Blair Scholars

Experienced Professionals
Annie Madio, University of New England
Jessica Halton, Berklee College of Music
Penny Schnarrs, Point Park University 
Lisa Brown, Texas Health Resources Foundation
Meredeth Summers, Guilford College

Caitlin Simard, University of Hartford

Carol Murphrey*, UIC Foundation
Hallet Dunn, Spring Hill College
Samantha Sanchez, Loyola University Chicago
Zanlyn Sofferin, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

*1157 designconcepts Award Winner

The 1157 designconcepts award recipient criteria is selected based on an individual's commitment to the field. The individual receiving this award needs to have demonstrated going above and beyond in the field of donor relations - whether it is by pursuing development opportunities, pushing for every networking opportunity possible, or guiding their organization to new levels. Carol Murphrey, the 2016 award recipient, traveled to Pittsburgh from Alaska. A frequent presenter and participant in a number of professional organizations, she clearly has the opportunity to not only learn a wealth of information in Pittsburgh, but to also enlighten colleagues and other conference attendees. 

Questions? Please contact us at conference@adrp.net or 1-800-341-0014.