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2020 New Professional Scholarship

Sponsored by Washington Evaluators and The Evaluators' Institute


The Washington Evaluators is devoted to strengthening and sustaining the evaluation community in the Washington DC area by recruiting and helping to educate the next generation of evaluators. Part of this year's Next Generation 2020 focus on students, the “New Professional Scholarship" is intended to support new professionals in integrating state-of-the-art knowledge and information sharing into their evaluation practices and approaches within their respective organizations and/or future practice. The Scholarship serves as one means to recruit new professionals into the evaluation community and facilitate continued diversity in the profession. The Scholarship is open to new professionals, currently enrolled students, postdocs and new graduates.

Deadline for Submission

Friday, April 10, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. EST

Criteria for Award Selection

    1. Works and/or resides in the DC metropolitan area / 1
    2. Is within four years of receiving a degree or certificate in evaluation or a related field / 2
    3. Exhibited interest in the field of evaluation or willingness to learn more about evaluation

    4. Financial need to support professional development
    1 / Defined to include the following by the Office of Management and Budget:  DC, MD (Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties), VA (Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Culpepper, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudon, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Warren cities and counties), and WV (Jefferson County).

      2Related fields include social science (e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work), education communications, economics, public health, nursing, medicine, data science, statistics, mathematical modeling

      Application Materials

      The following are required for a complete application.  

      1. Updated Resume/CV (be sure to include current email address and phone number)
      2. One professional letter of reference / 3
      3. Statement of Interest that includes the following: (maximum length: 600-800 words) 
        • Description of how attending training at The Evaluators' Institute will enhance your career and support your organization's goals (if applicable);
        • Description of how better integration in the evaluation community could benefit your organization or future practice;
        • Description of your interest and any demonstrated work in the field of evaluation or plans to do so in the future;
      4. Statement of Financial Need to support professional development, including for those working in non-profit organizations or new professionals working in government agencies.
      5. Indicate top 4 choices for one-day and two-day training opportunities through The Evaluators' Institute (TEI) available in Washington, DC during July 2020. Please select two options between the one-day and two-day courses. For more information on TEI training opportunities, visit: https://tei.cgu.edu/events/july-2019-program/
      3 / Professor or other college administrator may be substituted for professional letter of recommendation, in the absence of professional evaluation experience

        Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

        Benefits to the Scholarship Recipient

        Individuals who receive the scholarship award will have the opportunity to become increasingly active in the local and national evaluation communities, including professional development events and networking opportunities. Specifically, funds will be awarded to support the recipients' participation in the July 2019 training opportunities offered by The Evaluators' Institute (TEI), in Washington, DC. In addition, Washington Evaluators will provide a one-year complimentary membership, with participation in the Washington Evaluators Mentor Minutes program.

        Selection Criteria

        Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Task Force on a 100-point scale, allocated as follows:

        • Letter of Reference - 25 points
        • Statement of Interest - 55 points
        • Statement of Financial Need - 20 points
        • Resume/CV - 0 points (minimum requirement)

        Commitment of the selected New Professional Scholars

              • Attend one-day or two-day training at The Evaluators' Institute (TEI), during July in the Washington, DC area. One-day and two-day courses based on availability. Washington Evaluators and TEI will inform the recipient of alternative course offerings if the recipient's choices are not available.
              • Make a presentation to the Washington Evaluators Board and/or membership within four months of the TEI training to describe how (1) knowledge gained through the training, and (2) Washington Evaluators membership benefited the individual scholarship recipient and their organization where appropriate.
              • Participate in the Washington Evaluators Mentor Minutes program

          How to Apply

          Please submit completed application materials (see Application Materials) by 11:59 p.m. EST by Friday 10, 2020 via email: communityengagement@washingtonevaluators.org with the subject line: “Application for 2020 New Professional Scholarship”


          Scholarship Recipients will be notified via email by Friday, April 24, 2020. Confirmation to Washington Evaluators will be required from the Scholarship Recipient by Tuesday, April 28, 2019. Up to two scholars will be selected from applicant submissions. 

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