Professional Genealogists, like other professionals, need to continually take classes, attend conferences, and keep up with the latest innovations in their profession. That can be extremely expensive, especially when you consider the cost of travel. Ancestry ProGenealogists has a scholarship program that can help.
Ancestry ProGenealogists are connected to Ancestry.com. They are experts in genealogy who have spent several years helping clients tackle difficult family history problems, find family members through DNA analysis, and to trace their family trees. They use both online and offline resources to help people reach their family history goals, large or small.
The Ancestry ProGenealogists Scholarship Program is intended to support professional genealogists in their ongoing professional efforts. The scholarships are being awarded for the first time this year. The scholarships will be awarded to four aspiring or practicing professional genealogists and will cover certain expenses of attending one of four U.S-based genealogical institutes.
Each scholarship will cover tuition, round-trip standard economy airfare and hotel expenses for one individual each to attend one of four institutes. Ancestry may substitute appropriate ground transportation for awardees who live within 300 miles of the applicable institute. 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.
The Institutes are:
* Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) – Washington D.C. – July 10-14, 2017
* Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) – Pittsburgh, PA – June 25-30, 2017 or July 16-21, 2017
* Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) – Athens, GA – July 23-28, 2017
* Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) – Salt Lake City, UT – January 21-26, 2018
Applicants must send in their current resume, irrespective of any genealogical experience. They must also submit an essay. In the essay, an applicant must describe his or her experience to date, aspirations as a genealogical professional, and how attending their top-choice institute/course will benefit their career.
All electronic entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2016. Potential scholarship recipients will be notified on or after January 31, 2017. Announcements will be made on or after March 1, 2017.
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