If you are one of these, you should be applying for an award or scholarship:
- College students – High school seniors and students at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels who are studying project management and related fields are eligible for our college and university scholarships
- Educators – Primary and secondary school teachers and administrators who wish to implement project-based learning in the classroom
- Non-Profits – Employees of non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who wish to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations
When I went back to school to earn a degree in Project Management, I applied for a scholarship and wrote a paper in support of my application.? Even though I didn’t win, it was a great experience and I know the candidates who were selected put a great deal of time and effort into their applications too.?? (Never be bitter about being surrounded by people who are smarter than you, as a project manager you want everyone around you to be smarter than you!)
Project Management students should take advantage of these great opportunities!? I know I have had conversations with many of you who work for non-profit organizations too.? This is a great way for you to score some free training on project management and help bring some structure to the chaos that is inherent to running a start-up non-profit organization.
I sat next to a great guy on the plane back from the PMI NA Global Congress last year who was involved with a rehabilitation non-profit doing great work and (of course) I started talking to him about how project management concepts and processes could help solve some of the operational problems he was experiencing.? (Hey, he asked me what I did and then showed interest…it wasn’t my fault!)
You’ve got 3 weeks before the deadline of June 1, 2010.? These are substantial awards that can really help pay for the cost of your degree or implement programs to educate non-profit employees and students in the classroom about project management.