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SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE



The Scholarship Committee is comprised of several committee members and typically includes 1-2 board members. The Committee promotes the Heather Reisz Memorial Scholarships and the Helen Brown Group-NEDRA Conference Scholarship and selects the recipients of each. 


The members of the 2018-19 Scholarship Committee are as follows:

  • Jenn Grasso of the Trust for Public Land and NEDRA Board Member and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (jenn[dot]grasso[at]tpl[dot]org)
  • Diane Parsons of Governor’s Academy and NEDRA Board Member and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (dparsons[at]govsacademy[dot]org)
  • Katherine Reisz-Hanson (Reisz family member)
  • Amy Begg of Harvard University
  • Emily Burke of Covenant Health
  • Suzy Campos of Amherst College
  • Varounny Chanthasiri of Whitehead Institute
  • Amber Countis of Norwich University
  • Mary Taddia of the Helen Brown Group
  • Elisha Winkler of Massachusetts General Hospital
  • *Tim Wilson of Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, a former NEDRA Board Member and past Scholarship Committee Chair, is serving as an advisor to the committee.

Volunteer Tasks:

  • Work with the Communications and Conference Committees to ensure publication, promotion, and call for scholarship applications are shared with members.
  • Identify best practices for ensuring a robust pool of applicants, which may entail proactive solicitation/encouragement of newer members of the research and NEDRA community.
  • Lead HRMS fundraising efforts throughout the year which may include drafting appeal letters for former donors and acquisition of new donors.
  • Consult NEDRA board or treasurer to ensure budget, number, and/or amount of scholarships that may be offered if scholarship sponsor is not utilized.
  • Consult with Sponsorship Committee to identify and secure a conference scholarship sponsor, as needed.
  • Establish and lead a clear stewardship plan for current and future HRMS donors.
  • Establish and maintain scoring metrics for applications and determine any needs for future application requirements.
  • Review nominations and make recommendations to the board of directors on the winners.
  • Notify awardees and encourage them to serve as conference volunteers.
  • Facilitate introduction of awardee and scholarship sponsor and/or family members at conference (or electronically, if applicable).
  • Steward scholarship sponsor(s).

Time Commitment:

The Scholarship Committee typically has 4-6 conference calls beginning in the fall through the early spring (dependent on dates of annual conference) to identify individual tasks, discuss applicants, rank and vote on submissions, etc. The total time commitment is estimated to be 5-7 hours total.


CONTACT US:

465 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 421
Waltham, MA 02452
781.894.1457

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