Sheryl A. Blair Scholarships

In an unrelenting effort to support donor relations professionals' growth amid the ongoing pandemic, we are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our 15th Annual Sheryl A. Blair ScholarshipsBlair scholarships will cover the cost of up to 10 registrations for the ADRP 2022 International Conference. Learn More About Sheryl A. Blair >


2022 Sheryl A. Blair Scholarship Recipients



Daniel Minich
Colombe Nadeau-O’Shea
Caitlin Long
Christian DaPonte
Chelsea Poch
Rachael Nakamura

Experienced Professionals
Sarah Barrera
Lauren Fletcher
Rebecca Geragosian
Courtney Bennett
Debbie Meyers

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Be an ADRP member
  2. Hold a position focused mainly on donor relations or stewardship
  3. Wish to participate in the ADRP 2022 Annual International Conference

Before applying, please carefully review the difference between the "Newcomer" and "Experienced Professional" categories:

Newcomer: Has been in current position for fewer than two years and worked in a fundraising, development, or advancement capacity for fewer than four years.

Experienced Professional: Has been in current position for more than two years and worked in a fundraising, development, or advancement capacity for more than four years.

Note: Priority will be given to those applicants whose attendance at the 2022 ADRP International Conference is their only opportunity for professional development for the year.

Selection and Application Details

Application Deadline & Notification Timeline

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted.  

Selected Applicants

Recipients will receive admission to the ADRP 2022 19th Annual International Conference, taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico September 21-23.

Application Preparation

Please consider the following questions in preparation for submitting your application. Written questions have a limit of 300 words. 

  1. Nominee/nominator contact information (name, title, address, phone, email)
  2. Organization name, type, size
  3. Experience level (years in donor relations, years in current position)
  4. Membership and volunteer status
  5. Background: Share your story and describe how your educational and professional background experience have led you to your current role
  6. Statement of financial need: Has COVID-19 impacted your employment status or your ability to participate in professional development opportunities? Please include details of resource constraints, loss of income due to furlough/lay-offs, contract losses, and other financial distress due to COVID-19.
  7. If you are a current ADRP member, would not receiving this scholarship affect your membership status?
  8. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: How is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion part of your personal and work mission?
  9. How will you bring a diverse perspective to ADRP?
  10. Challenges/opportunities: What challenges and/or opportunities do you or the stewardship/donor relations program at your organization face? How would an ADRP membership help you address these challenges/take advantage of these opportunities?
  11. Future aspirations: Where do you hope your career will take you?

2021 Sheryl A. Blair Scholarship Recipients

Jayne Abernethy, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Christine O’Hare Barringer, Saint Joseph's University
Michelle Cazares, California State University, San Bernardino
Susan Cole, Mount Allison University, Sackville New Brunswick, Canada
Kayla Esan, North Carolina State University, College of Natural Resources
Ashley Holder, Boy Scouts of America
Abby Leverenz, Advocate Aurora Health Foundations
Sarwat Maqbool, ANU Advancement, Australian National University
Jennifer McCollum, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
Dan Meyer, Art Institute of Chicago
Kirstie Myvett, Myvett Consulting
Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea, Mercy For Animals
Sarah Pressly, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Jennifer Sanabria, University of Miami
Victoria Smith, United Way British Columbia
Sarah Spiegel, Riverlife
Kristy Wenzel, Kettering Medical Center Foundation