12th Annual Sheryl A. Blair Scholarships

Established in 2007 to honor the memory of former ADRP board member Sheryl Blair, the Sheryl A. Blair Scholarship provides up to ten stipends of $1,000 to newcomers and experienced professionals in the donor relations/stewardship field to cover ADRP International Conference expenses. This year, Blair Scholarship recipients will also receive complimentary registration for the 2019 Conference. Recipients are responsible for covering expenses beyond the scholarship award amount. Blair Scholars will be recognized at the 2019 ADRP Annual International Conference.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Blair Scholarship Recipients!


Maureen Aylward, University of Mary Washington
Krista Jenkins, Foodlink, Inc.
Tara Kreider, WOSU Public Media
Adrienne Moak, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Shelley Swett, Northern Light Health Foundation

Experienced Professionals:

Elizabeth Fisher, Palmer College
Lauren Fletcher, Alzheimer Society of BC
Karen Jenkins, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Anne Kirkpatrick, Okanagan College Foundation
Emily Marullo, Monroe Community College Foundation


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Be an ADRP member. Not a member? Join now!
  2. Be employed at least 30 hours a week in a non-profit organization or agency;
  3. Hold a position focused mainly on donor relations or stewardship. 

To determine if you qualify for the newcomer or experienced professional award, please answer the following question: Have you been in your current position for fewer than two years and worked in a fundraising, development, or advancement capacity for fewer than four years?

If you answered yes, you are a Newcomer.
If you answered no, you are an Experienced Professional.

Note: Priority will be given to those applicants whose attendance at the 2019 ADRP International Conference is their only opportunity for professional development for the year.

Awardee Requirements

If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will be asked to submit the following one month prior to the conference:

A photo and quote about the challenges being faced by your organization and how you hope that attending the conference will help.

Newcomer awardees will be matched with an Experienced Professional awardee mentor to experience the conference together as much as possible (attending sessions together when appropriate, sitting together at meals, etc.) The pair will also be matched with one member of the 2019 Scholarship Committee throughout the conference to enhance your experience, provide mentorship, and facilitate networking opportunities.

2018 Sheryl A. Blair Scholars

10 Blair Scholars hold their awards at the 2018 ADRP Conference presentation
Our 2018 ADRP International Conference Blair Scholarship Recipients

Experienced Professionals

Kelly Barrett-Gutierrez, City of Hope
Maureen Camerato,
 Lahey Health
Lori Green, Self-employed* (Eleven Fifty Seven winner)
Anne Marie Halsey, Environmental Defense Fund
Jacquelyn Brown, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Courtney Chang, Berklee
Tessa Perkins Deneault, Simon Fraser University
Carey Garrett, Southern Methodist University
Myles Harper, Olivet College
Kara Jankowski, Ripon College
Crystal Primus, Shelter House

*Eleven Fifty Seven Award Winner

The Eleven Fifty Seven award recipient criteria is selected based on an individual's commitment to the field. The individual receiving this award needs to have demonstrated going above and beyond in the field of donor relations - whether it is by pursuing development opportunities, pushing for every networking opportunity possible, or guiding their organization to new levels. 

Lori Green, the 2018 Eleven Fifty Seven awardee, is a founding member of ADRP with more than two decades of experience in fundraising, stewardship and donor relations. She credits ADRP with keeping her “abreast of best practices in the field and connected to colleagues around the world. These networks include exceptional seasoned professionals and energetic newcomers who freely share their experience and sound advice…” Currently a freelance writer and fundraising professional, Lori remains dedicated to advancing the profession, mentoring others, and enhancing her own expertise. In 2013, she received ADRP’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the organization, which has included roles as ADRP Board Member, Vice President, International Conference Sponsorship Chair, International Conference Chair, Knowledge Center Coordinator, and Conference presenter. She cites the Conference’s “exceptional educational benefits” and face-to-face connections as crucial to “forging new understandings of relationship building opportunities and practices.” Additionally, she views good stewardship and donor relations as paramount to fundraising success. “Through innovative and strategic programming, [we have] the ability to help yield critical funding to enact change, growth and opportunity. I believe this role and profession is the best way to deliver the changes we all hope to see in the world—by encouraging thoughtful philanthropy to make a positive difference in every life."