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2018 SEDC Educational Foundation Scholarships

Annual Scholarships

The SEDC Educational Foundation annually awards professional development scholarships of up to $500 each. To be considered, the application must be returned by Friday, April 13, 2018.  The scholarship is given on a reimbursement basis, after the grantee has completed their program of interest.  Award winners will need to provide SEDC with proof of attendance/payment and will be reimbursed as soon as possible. Scholarship recipients will be announced late April.
Applicants and their sponsor(s) or employer should understand the rules associated with the scholarships. Please review the following before submitting an application:
1.    Scholarship payment must be used for tuition, housing and meals. Travel costs and other incidental expenses are the responsibility of recipient.
2.    Each recipient will be responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements and applying for course enrollment.
3.    SEDC will reimburse recipient at completion of the course upon submittal of proof of enrollment and payment.
Objectives of scholarships:
1.            To provide funding for professional development opportunities to those who have demonstrated need.
2.            To ensure the highest trained and prepared individuals in economic development in the country.
Criteria for selection:
1.            Scholarships will be awarded based on need.
2.            Applicants must be SEDC members in good standing (except for student applicants who have not graduated and are not professionally employed).
3.            Applicants must demonstrate dedication to the profession and intent to continue within the field.
4.            Scholarships must be used within one year of award and cannot be used for training/courses completed prior to awarding.
Eligible activities or courses recognized*:
1.            Any SEDC event
2.            Any IEDC Economic Development Course within the SEDC member states
3.            The University of Oklahoma‚Äôs Economic Development Institute
4.            The Community Development Institutes
5.            Student scholarships for academic institutions (SEDC professionals who are returning to school are qualified to apply as well).

*All courses and activities must be held in the SEDC 17-state territory.