2018 Bob Ady Scholarship Program

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Presented in partnership by Mid-America EDC and Ady Advantage


The Mid-America Economic Development Council is pleased to announce that we are now accepting scholarship nominations for the sixth annual Bob Ady Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program is named in memory of Bob Ady, a champion for economic development in the U.S. and especially the Midwest.  The purpose of this scholarship program is to assist new economic development professionals in furthering their professional development.  This program is available for Mid-America EDC members and non-members, and applicants new to economic development will be given preference.  Applicants will be evaluated based on their interest in economic development overall, as well as their interest in the Mid-America EDC organization.

The Mid-America EDC is a multi-state association dedicating to being the leading resource for education, making connections, and sharing best practices for economic development professionals.

The Mid-America EDC provides economic development professionals with the following:

  • Resources aimed at helping the economic development professional to excel
  • Recognition of quality economic development programs and marketing
  • Awards program to reward excellence
  • Promotion of the 12-state region to site selectors and industries to help raise the level of awareness
  • Networking opportunities among regional members to promote idea exchange and partnering

Bob Ady Scholarship recipients will be awarded registration for the 2018 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum to be held December 2-4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  Recipients will also be invited to attend a breakfast or luncheon event at the conference, specific to scholarship recipients and Mid-America EDC leadership.  Please note that scholarship recipients are responsible for travel costs – including hotel, parking and transportation; however, a limited amount of travel expenses will be included with each scholarship.  Scholarship recipients selected will be notified with full details.  Recipients are eligible to receive a scholarship once.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to one of the board members from his/her state to advise that he/she is applying for this year’s scholarship.  Each state’s board members can also answer any questions that applicants may have about the Mid-America EDC organization.  Board Member information is found at http://www.midamericaedc.org/midamericaedc/about/board-of-directors/?cat=board.

For consideration for the 2018 Bob Ady Scholarship, please visit www.midamericaedc.org to submit your nomination no later than July 31, 2018.  You may also submit your nomination directly at http://maedc.formstack.com/forms/2018bobadyscholarship.         

The Mid-America Economic Development Council will review all scholarship nominations and will contact the designated person (as indicated on the nomination form) no later than October 10, 2018 to notify whether the recipient has been chosen to receive a scholarship.  Nominees not selected are eligible to be nominated the following year.

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