The clock is running

It’s a busy time of year for everyone, genealogists included, and so it’s easy to overlook some deadlines.

But there are a couple coming up in just a few days that you shouldn’t overlook.

clock runningBecause they could make it possible to attend one of the amazing week-long educational institutes in 2018-19 that are like summer — or winter — camp for genealogists.

Applications are due December 31 — not quite two weeks from now — for two scholarships (five awards in total) that can be used to attend genealogical institutes over the coming year. So check them out and get your applications in and don’t delay. The clock is running!

Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship

If you’re interested in attending the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) — the week-long institute focusing on federal records research at the National Archives in Washington D.C., scheduled for July 16–20, 2018 — you need to think about the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship, awarded annually by the
Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association to an experienced researcher active in a paid or volunteer position that directly benefits the genealogical community.

This year the $600 scholarship will cover full tuition for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), ticket to the alumni dinner, and partial travel, hotel, and meal costs. The best part: the winner will have a reserved slot in Gen-Fed — one of the hardest institutes to get into because demand for seats is so high.

The application form can be downloaded at the Gen-Fed website. The application and required attachments must be submitted in a single PDF-format file, by email to Angela McGhie (email mcghiefamilyhistory (at) gmail.com) with “Lackey Scholarship 2018” in the subject line. The PDF file name should include last name and first initial, such as “McGhieA Lackey Scholarship 2018 Application.”

AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program

Ancestry has established the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program to foster and support professional genealogists in their ongoing development efforts. The scholarships will be awarded to four aspiring or practicing professional genealogists and cover certain expenses of attending one of four U.S.-based genealogical institutes.

The website explains that: “The AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship Program will provide four scholarships that will cover tuition, round-trip standard economy airfare (Ancestry may substitute appropriate ground transportation for awardees who live within 300 miles of the applicable institute), and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of the four institutes listed below. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate a commitment to genealogy as a profession, a desire for professional development, and the ability to communicate that commitment in writing.”

And the four institutes listed are the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) (July 16-20, 2018), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) (any of its three week-long sessions, June 24-29, July 22-27 or July 29-August 3, 2018), the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) (June 2-7, 2018), or the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) (January 13-18, 2019).

The application form is on the ProGenealogists’ website and is an interactive form. You’ll need a current resume in computer file form (PDF or Word) and it would really be a good idea to write the suggested 500-700 word essay on “your experience to date, aspirations as a genealogical professional, and how attending your top-choice institute/course will benefit your career.”

The clock is running on these scholarships.

Don’t miss the deadlines!

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