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Scholarship Opportunities


Applicants for chapter scholarships (Davis, Buchanan, and James scholarships) are only eligible to receive one of these scholarships per calendar year.

Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship

The Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship provides a scholarship for a member of the Greater Dallas Chapter to attend the annual AFP International Conference. Candidates for the Chamberlain Scholarship must be employed as a fundraising professional or, if candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising. Candidates may have never attended a prior AFP or NSFRE International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant (unless as a member of the Conference Host Committee). Candidates must agree to complete an online evaluation form about his or her experience at International Conference.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter application and return to .
  2. Applications for the Chamberlain Scholarship are due to chapter office by 5 PM on October 13, 2017.
  3. The scholarship will be paid directly to the International Conference registration.
  4. Chamberlain Scholars will receive instructions from AFP International for registering themselves for the conference.
  5. Scholars are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.

Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, beginning in the 1960s and until his death in 1999. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation's annual fund and generous planned gift, the International AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain's memory and commitment to the Association.

John Davis Scholarship Fund

The John Davis Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Executive Directors, Development Officers, and other senior staff members of organizations who spend at least 50% of their time in fundraising activities. Scholarships can be used for AFP membership, continuing education registration fees, and course materials. Scholarships will provide up to 50% of the associated costs. The individual or their organization will be responsible for the remainder of the costs.

John A. Davis, Jr., CFRE, was a longtime fundraising consultant, leader and mentor. A past president of the Dallas Chapter of NSFRE (now AFP), and member of the NSFRE National Board, he was instrumental in the development of the DFW Annual Philanthropy Conference and was named Outstanding Professional Fund Raising Executive by the Dallas Chapter of NSFRE in 1994. The Davis Scholarship Fund was originally established through a bequest from his estate.

Scott Buchanan Scholarship Fund

The Scott Buchanan Scholarship Fund provides new member scholarships to Executive Directors, Development Officers, and other staff of nonprofit organizations who spend at least 50% of their time in fundraising activities. Scholarships will only be awarded for a one-year period. Scholarships will provide up to 50% of the cost for membership. The individual or their organization will be responsible for the remainder of the cost.

Scott Buchanan, CFRE, was an advertising and public relations executive turned fundraising consultant. He served as president of the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP and was a member of the Association of Fund Raising Council and the National Committee on Planned Giving (now PPP), as well as a partner in the International Advancement Counsel. He was honored as the 2003 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP.

Barbara James Scholarship Fund

The Barbara James Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities to AFP members from diverse populations. Scholarships can be used for AFP members and non AFP members from diverse populations. Scholarships for non-members will only be considered for AFP membership. Scholarships can be used for continuing education programs or memberships for Executive Directors, Development Officers, and other staff members of organizations who spend at least 50% of their time in fundraising activities. Scholarships can be used for AFP membership, continuing education registration fees, and course materials. Scholarships will provide up to 50% of the costs for membership or attendance at continuing education programs. The individual or their organization will be responsible for the remainder of the costs.

Barbara James, CFRE, was a trailblazer in the fundraising profession as the first African-American member of the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP in 1984. She was honored as the 1990 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP. The Barbara James Scholarship was created to honor her and the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP's national designation as a Friend of Diversity.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete an application and submit it to the Scholarship Committee for consideration.
  2. Applicants must identify which specific scholarship (Davis, Buchanan, James) is being requested.
  3. Applicants other than Executive Directors must have the approval of their supervisor.
  4. When the recipient is ready to pay for their AFP membership or training, she/he can request to receive the scholarship funds or the recipient may pay for the membership or training and request reimbursement for the costs.
  5. The scholarship recipient must use the scholarship funds within the calendar year the funds are awarded.