Supporting our members in the work they do

NIGP Scholarship Program

Every single day, with every effort we make at NIGP our focus is on our mission to develop, support and promote our members and the work that you do. 

NIGP Scholarship Program

Every single day, with every effort we make at NIGP our focus is on our mission to develop,support promote our members and the work that you do. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a brighter light on that work,and how important it is for the smooth functioning of all the communities and entities you serve. Whether that’s a small township or a major metro area, a school system or a hospital network and the many other entities that provide all the vital services to keep us all

Sourcewell has been a great partner and continuing supporter of NIGP’s mission and a champion of the work that we do on behalf of our members and the profession at large. 

We are immensely grateful for their generous financial support of $200,000. This fund will ensure our organization continues to provide the learning and development opportunities that enable our members to be more effective in the work that you do. 

How it Works

Sourcewell will send the funds directly to NIGP. These funds will be used at the sole discretion of NIGP and will focus on maximizing learning and development opportunities among public procurement professionals. 


Thanks to the generous support of


Phase IV - Forum 2021 Registration



1.  Up to 110 scholarships for registrations to the Forum virtual experience - August 23 - 26

2. Up to 9 scholarships for registrations and up to 4 nights hotel at the host hotel (Anaheim Marriott) for the in-person Forum Leadership Summit - September 11 - 14 in Anaheim, California


Winners Announced - May 18


Scholarship awards will be based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a NIGP Institute Member
  • Applicant's financial constraints
  • Applicant's leadership and passion for the procurement profession
  • Applicant's professional development pathway and public procurement certifications


Phase III of - Training needs of our Chapters

Phase III Scholarship Recipients:   

  • East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA)
  • Wisconsin Association for Public Procurement (WAPP)
  • Capital Area Purchasing Association (CAPA)
  • Public Purchasers Association of Northern Ohio (PPANO)
  • Oregon Public Purchasing Association

WAPP wants to share their appreciation on behalf of the 20 members who attended the Foundations of Planning and Analysis scholarship course.

Giving members who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to take an NIGP course brought a lot of excitement to the group, and it opened my eyes to the value that NIGP courses bring that I wouldn’t have known unless this scholarship class was offered. Thank you NIGP for choosing our chapter and making our procurements richer!

Hallee Kox
State Bureau of Procurement

Phase II - For Members Without Training Budgets

Two-day and three-day virtual instructor-led offerings from NIGP's Pathways curriculum and range from Core Certificates to Specialization Certificates.

PHASE II Recipients

Ezzard Spencer - City of Plantation, FL
Maaz Khan - Corporation of the City of Vaughan, ON
Jonathan Stone - Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, SC
Sagar Dholakia - County of Santa Clara, CA
Verena Nuñez - City of Naperville, IL
Denise Harpool - University of North Texas System, Business Service Center
Melissa Tillman - City of Lynchburg, VA
Andrew Duncan - California State University
Kim Nicholson - Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Dora Robson - Aiken Technical College, SC
Sheila Pickett - Fairfield County School District, SC
Timika Beaver - Rock Hill School District Three, SC
Kim Albritton - St. Lucie County School Board - Port St. Lucie, FL
Elizabeth Pietzsch - Tarrant County Purchasing, TX
Michelle Robinson - University of South Carolina
Michelle Butler - DeKalb County Government, GA - Purchasing and Contracting
Elizabeth Morgan - Brazoria County, TX
Barbara Manley - Prince George's County, MD
Leah Hinson - Maryland Department of Human Resources - Office of Technology for Human Services
Amy Seitz - Central Ohio Transit Authority
Xiaoyan Duan - Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, CA
Chstine Astles - Cambridge Memorial Hospital, ON
Jim Scott - Springfield R-12 School District, MO
LaTonja P. Ware - Houston Airport System, TX
Lori Bryant - Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, TN
Kendall Foose - Port of Portland, OR
Kristina Williams - Virginia Department of Taxation
Vicki Austin - Citrus County BOCC
Verenice Ramirez - City of Brea, CA
Jason Steinmann - Granite School District, UT
Fabio Henao - Orange County, FL
Dianne Lee - Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training
Elsie Vaquez - City of Chicago - Department of Procurement Services, IL
Jenifer Chapital - DeKalb County, GA
Cheryl Koch - Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services - Towson
Louis Nicolosi - Maricopa County, AZ
Arnita Watson - Clayton County Public Schools, GA
Shavonda Scott - LSUHSC-Shreveport, LA
Lauren Barta - Texas Tech University
Emmanuel Amunga - City of Portland, OR
Phung Nguyen - Tarrant County College District, TX
Selena Leon - Mohave County Department of Procurement, AZ
Latoyia Davis - City of Columbia, SC
Sue Pawlik - Harris County, TX
Jamie Kelly - Islip Union Free School District, NY
James Mobley - City of Annapolis, MD
Desiree Taggard - University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Tierra Hutley - University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Candice Taylor-Page - City of Chesapeake, VA
Megan Averch - Colorado School of Mines
Kerry Maisano - Spokane County, WA
Ken Hendricks - Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District, CA
Darius McPhall - City of Gainesville, FL
Guadalupe Aguilar - Mott Community College, MI
Ginny Burr - Charlotte County Public Schools, FL
Ashley Merrick - Blount County, TN
Jamie Burmeister - County of Muskegon, MI
Rebecca Malave - Orange County, FL
Ann Shaw - County of Santa Clara, CA
Melissa McArther - Virginia Department of Taxation
Kabrina Webb - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, TN
Kimberly Shelton - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, TN
Ashley Linden - District School Board of Pasco County, FL
Dusty Rushia - California State University
Gina Mobley - Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Jeanene Gibson - County of Marin, CA
Nester Komolafe - State of Illinois Procurement
Amy Mears - North Carolina State University
Theryn Ridge - Colorado School of Mines
Nicole Manuel - South Louisiana Community College
Tonya Parker-Rimes - Hernando County, FL
Tammy Holman - Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, SC
Cindy Scholten - Holland Board of Public Works, MI
Jessica Price - City of Aurora, IL
Lori Cervantes - State of Hawaii Procurement Office
DeRita Mason - Okaloosa County BCC Purchasing, FL
Ann-Marie Fraser - City of Sebastian, FL
Illeana Seward - City of Glendale, AZ
Nichelina Almirol Robbins - City of Portland, OR
Ronald Kaczmarek - City of Gaithersburg, MD
Felicia Brooks - Fulton County - Department of Purchasing, GA
Sherry Poorman - Fayette County, GA
Nicol Suddreth - City and County of Denver, CO
Darlene Dennis - Baltimore City Dept of Social Services, MD
Katherine Farias - City of Hanahan, SC
James Smith - Peoria County, IL
Ge Loria Oliver - California State University
Elizabeth Smith - Beaverton School District, OR
Yanique Reddick - Lake County School Board, FL
Veronica Douglas - Houston Community College, Procurement Operations Department, TX
Karen Gross - University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston
Robert Gill - Howard County Public School System
Angelita Russell - Lake County School Board
Taofeek Akintoyese - Durham College, ON
Crystal Jenkins - California State University
Leticia Cobos - Texas Tech University
Rebecca Bellamy - Dallas Area Rapid Transit, TX
Nena Bowling - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, TN
Carrie Tiedemann - University of Alberta - Supply Management, AB
Michael Simpson - City of Norfolk, VA
Kim Williams - South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
Judi Peffley - Blount County, TN
Josh Lauber - Sedgwick County, KS
David Mawdsley - City of Cambridge, ON
Eryn Berg - City of Clearwater, FL
Annie Boyd - California State University
Jason Perry - Illinois State Board of Education
Kristin Doyle - School District of Palm Beach County, FL
Robin Teasley - Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, TN
Alina Hernandez Fernandez - Orange County - FL
Manpreet Kaur - City of Edmonton, AB
Aman Bhatti - SPPRA, Karachi, Pakistan
Jackie Macchiusu - Corporation of the City of Vaughan, ON
Melanie Jackson - Texas Southern University
Courteney Henderson - City of Philadelphia, PA
Carrie Champlin - Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Carol McPatrick - Orange County - FL
Jeffrey Hyde - Okaloosa County BCC Purchasing, FL
Melisa Vergara - Orange County - FL
Carla Kane - City of Kentwood, MI
Janet Dudley - County of York, VA
James Griffin - City of Miami, FL
Venessa Redman - Town of Southwest Ranches, FL
Ana Villalona - Orange County - FL
Charmaine Vallado - Arizona Department of Child Safety (ADCS)
Brooke Smith - Murray City Corporation, UT
Tracy Attenasio - Orange County - FL
Yvette Clausen - Iowa Department of Administrative Services
Leah Avogardo - South Florida Water Management District
Christine Bonilha - San Mateo County, CA
Nancy Riethoff - University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Bernell Bright - North Carolina Central University
Katrina Cypress - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, DC
Alena Croy - City of Oklahoma City, OK
Glen Hubbard - Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services - Towson
Yelena Quiles - City of Glen Cove, NY
Nicole Murphy-Garcia - Port of Portland, OR
Elaine Blair-Christopher - Government of Bermuda, Office of Project Management & Procurement
Carla Carreno - State of Illinois Procurement
Kellie Johnson - Columbus Regional Airport Authority, OH
Yanneth Montes - Arizona Department of Administration
Brian Ferrier - City of Orlando, FL
Megan Wells - State of Illinois Procurement
Joan Schouten - City of St. Charles, IL
Kristen Moss - University of South Carolina
David Hindman - Central Arkansas Water
James Canjar - School Board of Brevard County, FL
Melissa Lawrence - Jefferson County Public Schools, CO
Tayo Sokale - City of El Paso, TX
Janet Vivian - City of Oviedo, FL

I am honored to be one of the recipients of the NIGP scholarship award for Pathways.  Thanks to your support I will be able to continue my professional development in a time of budgetary cutbacks and uncertainty. Thank you for this opportunity!

James Justin Griffin
Senior Procurement Contracting Officer
City of Miami

Please forward ... my sincere gratitude for selecting me to be a recipient of the NIGP scholarship award for Pathways. I am also grateful to Sourcewell for their generous financial contribution…”

Venessa Redman
Senior Procurement & Budget Officer
Town of Southwest Ranches, FL

First Quarter - Chapter Scholarship Program

The first program offered was designed to help engage our chapter partners by bringing Pathways learning to their members.

First Quarter Chapter Scholarship Program Recipients

Alaska-Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association
Greater Miami Chapter
Iowa Public Procurement Association
Kentucky Public Procurement Association
Utah Chapter