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Scholarships

2018 SEDC Educational Foundation Scholarships

Annual Scholarships

The SEDC Educational Foundation annually awards five professional development scholarships. To be considered, this application must be returned by December 27, 2018.  Scholarship recipients will be announced by January 4, 2019.  The scholarships are given on a reimbursement basis after the grantee has completed their program of interest.  Award winners must provide SEDC with proof of attendance/payment and will be reimbursed as soon as possible. Scholarship recipients will be announced in mid-December and must be used during the 2019 calendar year.

Applicants and their sponsor(s) or employer should understand the rules associated with the scholarships. Please review the following before submitting an application:

General Professional Development Scholarships (four will be awarded at $750 each)

These four scholarships will be awarded for general professional development activities outlined in the guidelines to follow.

Bob Cassell Memorial Scholarship (one awarded at $1,000)

This scholarship will be awarded to the organization of an SEDC member and be used to attend one of the Basic Economic Development Courses in the SEDC region.  The scholarship can be used by a member, non-member or volunteer of the organization. 

Robert B. Cassell (1918-2012)

Bob entered college at the University of Chattanooga at 14 and earned a Master's Degree in History from Vanderbilt University at the tender age of 21. He was a US Army veteran of World War II. Following his military service, Bob worked in Economic Development for the state of Tennessee and later for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a recognized leader of his profession, serving as President of both the Southern Industrial Development Council (now Southern Economic Development Council) and the American Industrial Development Council (now International Economic Development Council). He was the founder of the Georgia Tech Basic Economic Development Course in 1967 and was a founder and leading faculty member of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He served as the executive director of SIDC from 1969- 1992.  He was the long-time editor of several professional newsletters and authored numerous economic studies. His devotion to his profession was best exemplified by the number of younger professionals for whom he served as a mentor as well as a friend and colleague.

Guidelines for General Professional Development Scholarships (four at $750 each)

  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.
  4. The Scholarship monies must be used within the calendar year specified.

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 and the Bob Cassell Scholarship).
  3. Applicants must demonstrate dedication to the profession and intent to continue within the field.
  4. Scholarships must be used within the calendar year specified 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’s 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.

Guidelines for Bob Cassell Memorial Scholarship (one at $1,000)

  1. Scholarship payment must be used for tuition, housing, and meals. Travel costs and other incidental expenses are the responsibility of the 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 the completion of the course upon submittal of proof of enrollment and payment.
  4. The Scholarship monies must be used within the calendar year specified.

Objectives of scholarships:

  1. To provide funding to attend one of the Basic Economic Development Courses in the SEDC region.
  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. The applicant organization must have at least one SEDC member in good standing.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate service to the profession and intent to continue professional or volunteer service within the field.
  4. Scholarships must be used within the calendar year specified and cannot be used for attendance at a Basic Economic Development Course prior to awarding.
  5. Scholarship must be used at a Basic Economic Development Course in the SEDC 17 state region

APPLY FOR A GENERAL Professional Development SCHOLARSHIP

Apply for a Bob Cassell Memorial Scholarship

2016 SEDC Educational Foundation Scholarship Winners

Matthew Poyner
Executive Director
Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville- Baldwin County, GA

David Manley
Executive Director
Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Virginia
     
Brian Sillitto
Sr. VP of Econ. Dev
Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
     
Lara Bowman 
Executive Director
Enterprise of Mississippi, Eupora, MS
     
Meghan Duke
Econ. Dev. Director 
City of West Point, GA