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The CDS Linda Sunde Endowment Fund was established by CDS members to provide a sustainable source of support to Members for conference participation, community development education, and community-engaged research projects.

The number of scholarships and the amount awarded each year varies according to the funds available through investment growth in the previous year. The CDS Stewardship Committee makes these determinations under the guidance of the CDS Board Treasurer. Scholarship and award recipients are recognized at a plenary session during the CDS annual conference and are encouraged to attend, even if not required to do so. All recipients are required to “give back” to CDS through volunteer service for a period of one year on a CDS committee or working group of their choosing.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is April 8th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CDT each year.

Ted Bradshaw Student Research Award 

The Rural Policy Research Institute established the Ted Bradshaw Fund to Support Student Engagement in CDS in 2007 to honor the memory of Ted Bradshaw and to provide support for undergraduate or graduate students for two purposes: (1) to travel to the CDS annual conference to present research; and/or, (2) to support community-based research. A recipient may receive one award per degree. For example, a student may apply for the grant as an MS/MA student and again as a Ph.D. student/candidate. 

Travel award recipients must be undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing who have been accepted to present community-based research at the CDS annual conference.

Community-based research award recipients must be approved by their academic institution to conduct a community-based research project.

George Nickolaus CD Graduate Student Award 

The late George Nickolaus was a charter member of CDS and served as legal counsel to CDS until his passing. His family created the George Nickolaus CD Graduate Student Award Fund to honor his memory and to support graduate students enrolled in M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs emphasizing community development, at accredited universities in the United States. The award recipient must be in good academic standing and may receive one scholarship per degree. For example, a student may apply for the grant as an MS/MA student and again as a Ph.D. student/candidate.

Nette Nelson Travel Scholarship

The Nette Nelson Travel Scholarship Fund was established for the dual purpose of honoring the memory of CDS Member Nette Nelson and to help defray the expenses of CDS Members who wish to present a paper or workshop or give a major address to a community development conference outside of the recipients’ home continent, including the CDS annual conference if is held outside of the recipients’ home continent. The Nette Nelson Travel Scholarship may be received only once.

CDS Conference Scholarship

The CDS Conference Scholarship is designed to support participation in the CDS annual conference. It is presented to CDS Members who are either: (1) in good academic standing at accredited universities in programs that focus on community development, or (2) active in community development education or practice. The CDS Conference Scholarship may be received only once.

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