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The Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund

Diane Lupke, CEcD, is the President of Lupke & Associates and a long-time member of IEDC. Lupke and Associates has worked in more than 75 communities to empower residents to recognize their assets and create change in their communities. Ms. Lupke is a past member of the Board of Directors of IEDC.

A strong advocate for economic development initiatives in distressed communities, Ms. Lupke founded an education scholarship fund for economic development professionals working in these areas. The award recipient is able to enhance his or her knowledge in economic development through participation in IEDC's Economic Development Training Courses.

Since its inception, the scholarship fund has received numerous donations from private donors. IEDC hopes to expand the fund in an effort to increase the number of economic developers who participate in the program.


Make A Donation

To make a donation, simply complete the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund Donation Form (PDF). In giving to the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, you help economic development professionals working in distressed communities continue their industry education. Whether you are a long time supporter or giving for the first time, thank you for your commitment to the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund.


Description and Eligibility

We are proud to offer four (4) scholarships (two IEDC members and two nonmembers) to be applied toward the registration fee for an IEDC Economic Development Education course of the recipient's choice.

The award value for each scholarship represents approximately $500. The scholarships will be awarded to two IEDC members and two non-members. Scholarship applicants should work for an organization that is based in a distressed community. Examples include, but are not limited to, community-based organizations, Main Street organizations and community development corporations.


Submission and Timeline

To submit, please download the application form and submit all requested materials, including a current resume and organizational training budget by Monday, June 15, 2021