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The Williams Diversity Scholarship for AFP Membership

Deadline for Applications: Rolling Deadline


Download an application for the 2019 Williams Diversity Scholarship



The purpose of the Williams Diversity Scholarship is to promote and enhance the professional development of fundraising professionals who are members of a diverse community or who are employed by grassroots organizations that are dedicated to serving diverse populations. The scholarship is designed to encourage diverse involvement and membership in the Genesee Valley Chapter of AFP.

The Williams Diversity Scholarship is funded by AFP Board member John Williams. Inspired by the support he received from AFPGV colleagues as he transitioned from a career in law to the field of fundraising, Mr. Williams launched the Williams Diversity Scholarship to offer that opportunity to others of diverse communities. Each year, one scholarship will be awarded, offering the recipient the opportunity to learn from experienced fundraising professionals and enhance their skills to better serve the Rochester community.

The Chapter will consider applications from fundraising professionals who meet the following criteria:  

  • Candidate is employed or volunteers (20 hours or more weekly) with a non-profit organization operating within the Greater Rochester area served by the AFP Genesee Valley Chapter.
  • Candidate is primarily responsible for fundraising within the nonprofit organization for which he/she is employed.
  • Candidate is a member of a diverse community or is employed by a grassroots organization that primarily serves diverse communities.
  • Demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will be given to individuals employed by organizations whose budgets are constrained.
  • Willingness to serve on the AFPGV Diversity Committee during the awarded year, with the hope that this service will continue.
  • Preference will be given to those who have never been a member of AFPGV.

Benefits of scholarship program are valid for ONE year and include the following:

  1. 100% of a one year membership to AFP (One scholarship will be awarded).
  2. AFPGV Agency Pass to attend various AFPGV breakfast, lunch, and meet & greet programs throughout the year. (Does not include AFP local or international conference.)
  3. Paid admission to the AFPGV National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. Recipient will sit with the benefactor of the scholarship, John Williams.
  4. John Williams, retired fundraiser and lawyer, will provide fundraising and career mentorship throughout the year.