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 2016 ADRP Annual International Conference.

Interested in supporting the Blair Scholarship Fund?  Visit the 1157designconcepts exhibit table during the conference to help raise funds for the Blair Scholarship Fund.  It's easy!
1. Sign the beam
2. Toss a rivet!
1157designconcepts will donate $1 for every rivet that's tossed at the conference!


Learn more about Sheryl A. Blair.


2016 Sheryl 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, will travel 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. 

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 2016 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 2016 Scholarship Committee throughout the conference to enhance your experience, provide mentorship and facilitate networking opportunities.

2015 Sheryl A. Blair Scholars

Experienced Professionals
Krista Armstrong, Dalhousie University
Anna Brey, Best Friends Animal Society
Carissa Gomez, North Park University
Megan McPherson, University of Melbourne

Meesha Emmett, YouthServe, Inc.
Jaclyn Joworisak, Thomas Edison State College*
Sonia Law, Calgary Zoo
Valentina Radisavljevic, Central European University
Brooke Wolff, Marshfield Clinic
Jane Livingston, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 

*1157 Design Concepts Award Winner

Check out our 2015 Blair Scholarship Conference Video!



Questions? Please contact us at or 1-800-341-0014.