Scholarship Opportunities

While planning your continuing education, can you use a little help with finances? There are several scholarships and awards that can be applied to conferences or institutes. One such award, contributed by an anonymous donor, is $100 off tuition to a 2018 GRIP course. To win it, you must visit the GRIP booth (#215) at the FGS conference in Pittsburgh, PA, August 31, September 1-2, and enter your name in the drawing. The winner will be drawn on Saturday and notified. The same anonymous donor made it possible for another award of $100 for a 2018 GRIP course to a lucky recipient who attended the NGS conference in May in Raleigh, NC. Attending conferences can pay off!

An upcoming scholarship deadline is August 31. The American Society of Genealogists (ASG) awards a scholarship of $1,000 toward tuition and expenses for attendance at one of several program, including GRIP, as detailed at That certainly goes a ways in covering your week at GRIP!

You can see other scholarships through the following organizations:

The first-place winner of the first-ever annual scholarship award (2017) by Ancestry ProGenealogists chose to attend GRIP. Jan Ahrens writes about her experience and give advice on how she received a full scholarship:

2017 Jan Ahrens - scholarship winner

“I am pleased…

No, wait. I am excited…

No, wait.  I am thrilled… (thrilled is better than excited, right?) to have won Ancestry’s ProGenealogists Scholarship Award to attend GRIP this summer. My professional genealogy goals including teaching and writing. To be able to attend the “Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments” course will obviously support my goal of genealogical writing. And, I’m sure it won’t hurt the teaching aspect either! I have completely enjoyed dissecting the methodology for writing proof arguments to which I’ve been exposed to-date and am looking forward to taking it further.

Writing the scholarship essay

In writing the essay for Ancestry’s contest, I tried to write like I teach – with solid content but slightly entertaining. I hope I expressed my passion for genealogy research as well as my future career. Showing some personality can really bring color and life to writing…I just wish I could apply that to my darn KDP-in-progress about three generations of boring farmers! I am not exaggerating.  And you ask, well why did you select this ho-hum family?  Because all of my ancestors are boring farmers.  Not one criminal. Not one saloon owner. Nada.  Nothing.

My experience

I’ve been a genealogy hobbyist since 1998 and have been aggressively pursuing my professional genealogy education for the last few years by attending institutes, conferences and taking online courses. Some of the educational opportunities I’ve completed include:

  •    ProGen 25
  •    SLIG – Utilizing Sources for Researching Your Nordic Ancestors (2017) and Advanced Genealogical Methods (2016)
  •    IGHR – Writing and Publishing for Genealogists (2016) and Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies (2015)
  •    Boston University’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research (2014)

My previous careers include practicing and teaching marketing. I’m bridging my career as a professor of marketing into genealogy by teaching about how to convert your blood-sweat-and-tears genealogy research into videos that can engage your entire family as well as your clients. So far, I’ve taught this at SCGS’ Jamboree, APG’s PMC and a couple of local genealogy societies. And I look forward to deepening the types of material I teach into genealogy methodology.”

Although GRIP is the most affordable genealogical institute, a little financial help is always welcome. Investigate the possibilities, and good luck!

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