Grants for Professional Development 

The FSAE Foundation is pleased to announce our recipients for the 2017 Grants. Thanks to our generous corporate donors and member contributions, we were able to award 22 grants totaling $13,000!

Grants include funding to attend Annual Conference, earn CAE/CMP certifications, special grants for communication staffers, Young Professionals and one for a non-member (tell your friends!). This is only possible through our generous corporate donors and member contributions to the Foundation. Thank you!

About Foundation Grants

One of the primary purposes of the Florida Society of Association Executives Foundation is to encourage member professional development and certification through financial support. The FSAE Foundation has provided awards for many years to FSAE members through the generosity of Hyatt Hotels in Florida, Marriott International Hotel & Resorts of Florida, Naylor Association Solutions, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the contributions of FSAE members, and other supporters.

                  

          

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 239 grants totaling $142,700 for members to attend educational conferences or earn their CAE/CMP designations. Over $222,700 has been used to underwrite speakers and education at the FSAE Annual Conference and over $277,000 has been used to implement Foundation initiatives including industry reports and surveys.

Hyatt Hotels in Florida Grant

This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education at the ASAE or FSAE Annual Conference, or other approved Association Management Program or for training to earn the CAE or CMP.  The award will support the recipient in covering the cost of fees associated with the professional development.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

 

Marriott International Hotels & Resorts of Florida Grant

This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference.  The award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

Naylor Association Solutions Communications Grant AND New Member Grant

There are two new grant opportunities generously offered by Naylor Association Solutions. The Communications Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member, who has been working for at least one year in a communications, marketing or membership role, in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference. The recipient must be a direct employee of an association, not a contracted representative or vendor of an association. The recipient’s registration fee or travel expenses will be covered, and they must use the award within 12 months. The award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

The New Member grant will be awarded to someone who is relatively new to the association industry, with 2 years or less experience, and who is not currently a member of FSAE or has not been a member for the past 3 years. The recipient must be a direct employee of an association, not a contracted representative or vendor of an association. The grant will assist this person in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference, and will also cover their membership dues for one year. The recipient’s membership dues and the registration fee will be covered, and they must use the award within 12 months. The award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

2017 Grant Recipients

Hyatt Hotels in Florida Grant Recipients:

  • Jason Carroll, CMP, Executive Director, Friends of the Riverwalk

  • Carolyn D. Hinson, CGMP, Assistant to the Board, Leon County Schools, School Board Administration

  • Eileen Johnson, Director of Administration and Finance, Assn of FL Colleges

  • Marsha Kiner, CAE, Associate Executive Director, Assn of FL Colleges

  • Lisette Mariner, CAE, Executive Director, FL Independent Automobile Dealers Assn

Marriott International Grant Recipients:

  • David Higgins, CAE

  • Jill M. Jackson, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Partners in Association Management, Inc.

  • Jessica Lowe-Minor, Executive Director, Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence

  • P. Christine Poole, CMP, Director of Events, Foundation for Excellence in Education/ExcelinEd

  • Lisa S. Stanley, CEO, OSCRE International

  • Crissy Tallman, CMP, CAE, Director of Conventions & Continuing Education, FL Dental Assn

Naylor Association Solutions Communications Grant:

  • Barbara Peck, Manager, Community and Industry Recognition, ISPE - International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
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Naylor Association Solutions NEW MEMBER Grant:

  • Shannon T. Young, Event Coordinator, Florida State University

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grant

  • Trevor Maddox, CPE Conference Manager, FL Institute of CPAs

  • Dixey Teel, Director of Professional Development, The Florida Bar

FSAE Associate Member Grant Recipient:

  • Debby Beck, Professional Outsourcing Provider, dbEvents & Services, LLC

  • Meg Caldwell, CMP, Sales Manager, Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

  • Lisa Miller Pacella, CMP, Global Account Executive, ConferenceDirect

FSAE Foundation CAE/CMP Grant

  • Cathi C. Lundgren, CAE, Global Account Executive, HPN Global - A Global Meeting Services Company

  • Kristin Marshall, Director of Group Sales, SunStream Hotels and Resorts

FSAE Young Professional Grant:

  • Elizabeth Baranik, CMP, National Account Manager, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

  • Brittany Clifton, Group Sales Manager, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

 

NEW FOR 2017! Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grant 

This Grant is designed to assist an FSAE Association Executive Member in gaining professional development through education or training at the FSAE Annual Conference.  The award will support the recipient in covering the costs of registration fees or travel expenses associated with the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient does not use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

 

FSAE Foundation CAE or CMP Grant

These grants are designed to assist FSAE Association Executives and Associate Supplier Members in gaining the professional development needed to obtain the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE) designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) or the Convention Industry Council's (CIC) designation of Certified Meeting Planner (CMP).  The grant will support the recipient in covering the cost of the application fees, study class registration, and study materials.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for fees associated with CAE or CMP application fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient leaves the association management field within one year of receiving the award or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use. 

 

FSAE Foundation Associate Member Grant

This grant is designed to assist an FSAE Associate Supplier Member in gaining professional development at the FSAE Annual Conference. These awards are offered to assist recipients cover the costs of the registration fee or travel expenses in getting to the FSAE Annual Conference. The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award. Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award. Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.

 

FSAE Foundation Young Professionals Grant

This grant is designed to assist an FSAE Executive and Associate Young Professional Member in gaining professional development at the FSAE Annual Conference.  (Young Professionals are defined as FSAE members that are 35 years old and under or less than 3 years in the industry.)  These awards are offered to assist recipients cover the costs of the registration fee or travel expenses in getting to the FSAE Annual Conference.  The selected recipient must use the award within 12 months of the receipt of the award.  Award can be used as reimbursement for associated fees incurred from Jan 1 until in receipt of award.  Repayment of the financial award is required if the recipient doesn’t use within the award year or fails to provide appropriate proof of award use.  

 


 

Eligibility Criteria for all Grants:

  • Must complete the Scholarship/Grant Application

  • Must be a current FSAE member

  • Must have been a member of FSAE/TSAE for at least 1 year

  • Did not receive any award from the FSAE Foundation in 2016

  • Cannot be a current member of the FSAE Board of Directors, FSAE Foundation Board of Trustees, or the Grant Committee

  • Must be involved in the Association Profession/Market/Industry for at least 2 years (unless you are applying for the Naylor New Member Grant)

  • Cannot be reimbursed for fees, expenses, or exam costs paid for by my employer

  • For YP Grants only: Must be a FSAE member that is 35 years old and under or have less than 3 years experience in the industry

Criteria Points Structure (max points available 70 - max points available for YP grant applicants: 85)

The FSAE Foundation rewards members that contribute their time or money to FSAE, but grants are not awarded solely on merit or volunteering for our organization. Other volunteer service and financial needs are also taken into account for grant awards.

  • Total number of years as an FSAE/TSAE Member (if you put different numbers for each, we will take the larger number of years): 1 point for each year; Max 10

  • Number of years as an FSAE Foundation Contributor (cash contribution): 4 points for each year; Max 20

  • Number of years in the association profession/ industry: 1 point for each year; Max 10

  • Association Management Educational Courses in last 5 years: 1 point for each course listed; Max 10

  • Volunteer Experience on a TSAE, FSAE or Foundation Committee in last 5 years: 3 pts for each Committee listed; Max 10

  • Other community – based volunteer activities in last 5 years: 1 point for each activity listed; Max 10

  • (FOR YP GRANTS ONLY) Submit letter(s) of recommendation from someone (current or former) that the applicant has volunteered or worked with over the last 5 years: 5 points for each letter submitted; Max 15

  • If you have received an FSAE Foundation Scholarship or Grant in past years: -5 points (minus 5 points); per year awarded within the past 5 years

 


 

Institute for Organization Management (IOM) Tuition Grant

The Florida Society of Association Executives is proud to partner with Institute for Organization Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for non-profit executives, and offer two $500 partial tuition scholarships to one of Institute’s 2017 sites. The two scholarships, available to our members, will be awarded to students attending Institute for the first time to assist with enrollment fees and cannot be combined with any other Institute scholarships.

For over 95 years, Institute has educated association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders across the country through its national program, highly rated curriculum and high caliber instructors. Thousands of executives have attended Institute sites across the country to strengthen their management skills, learn industry best practices, and gain a broad national perspective from peers. Institute has helped them build stronger organizations, become stronger business advocates and better serve their members. In addition, you will earn points towards your CCE or CAE certification as Institute’s curriculum is directly tied to the bodies of knowledge of both the American Society of Association Executives and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Upon completion of the Institute program, graduates receive the IOM recognition which allows them to use the letters “IOM” in public mention and professional correspondence. The IOM recognition signifies the completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and commitment to the industry.

Are you already an IOM and have an updated job or title? Update your contact information and stay connected.

If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact Hester Ndoja, CAE, at hester@fsae.org by March 14th.

Early registration deadline for Midwest and Southeast Institute is April 21.

Early registration deadline for West and Northeast Institute is May 26. 

For more information about Institute’s curriculum, sites, and dates, visit the Institute Web site and Prospective Student Toolkit to help you gain insight into the program.


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The association industry is a major professional, business and economic driver in Florida. FSAE endeavors to reach out broadly to a diverse community of professionals to assist with their professional educational and career development. Opportunities to create additional scholarships to reach more members are always available. We welcome your donation to the Foundation so that we can continue the good work. For more information or to make your contribution please contact Hester Ndoja, CAE, at hester@fsae.org.