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2017 New Professional Scholarship

Sponsored by Washington Evaluators

Purpose

The Washington Evaluators “New Professional Scholarship" is intended to support new professionals in integrating evaluation practices and approaches within their respective organizations. Through this opportunity, the Washington Evaluators hopes to strengthen the sustainability of the evaluation community, by recruiting and helping to educate the next generation of evaluators. The Scholarship serves as one means to recruit new professionals into the evaluation community to facilitate continued diversity in the profession.  

Deadline for Submission

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EST

Criteria for Award Selection

  • Works and/or resides in the DC metropolitan area; /1
  • Received a professional or graduate terminal degree between 2013 and 2017;
  • Exhibited interest in the field of evaluation or willingness to learn more about evaluation; and
  • Expressed interest in evaluation that includes analyses of disparities for critical subgroups of the population, including when stratified by age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
1 / Defined to include the following by the Office of Management and Budget:  DC, MD (Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties), VA (Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Culpepper, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudon, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Warren cities and counties), and WV (Jefferson County).

Application Materials

The following items are required for a complete application for the scholarship:

  1. Updated Resume/CV (be sure to include current email address and phone number)
  2. Unofficial Transcript with date of degree
  3. One professional letter of reference
  4. Statement of Interest that includes no more than 500 words on the following:
    • describes how attending the annual meeting will enhance their career and support their organization's goals;
    • describes how better integration in the evaluation community could benefit the individual's organization;
    • articulates interest and any demonstrated work in the field of evaluation or plans to do so in the future;
    • describes interests in analyzing disparities for critical subgroups of the population.
  5. Statement of Financial Need to support professional development, including for non-profit organizations or new professionals working in government agencies.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Benefits to the Scholarship Recipient

Individuals who receive the scholarship award will have the opportunity to become increasingly active in the local and national evaluation communities, including professional development events and networking opportunities. Specifically, funds will be awarded to support the recipients' participation in the annual AEA conference (registration), the conference luncheon, and a one-year AEA membership. In addition, Washington Evaluators will provide a one-year complementary membership, with participation in the Washington Evaluators Mentor Minutes program.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the Task Force on a 100 point scale, allocated as follows:

  • Letter of Reference, 25 points
  • Statement of Interest, 50 points
  • Statement of Financial Need, 20 points
  • Review Panel Discretion, 5 points

Commitment of the selected New Professional Scholar

  • Participate for one year in the Washington Evaluators Mentor Minutes program
  • Attend the AEA Annual Conference in Washington, DC
  • Make a presentation to the Washington Evaluators Board and/or membership within six months of the annual AEA conference to describe how (1) knowledge gained through the conference and (2) Washington Evaluators membership benefited the individual and their organization.

How to Apply

Please submit completed applications materials including all of the items listed under "Application Materials" above by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, August 31, 2017 via email: washeval@gmail.com with the subject line: “Application for 2017 New Professional Scholarship”

 

Scholarship Recipients will be notified via email by Friday, September 15, 2017. Up to two scholars will be selected from the applicants. 


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