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Melissa Nebelsick Scholarship for Women

Melissa Nebelsick, CEcD (1950 – 2016) was a vibrant and caring member of the economic development community who mentored many women in the field and was a role model of professionalism and critical thinking. In honor of her life’s work, Melissa’s friends and colleagues established a scholarship in her memory that seeks to provide women with educational and training opportunities in the field she cared so deeply for.

As a testament to Melissa’s impact on her colleagues and clients, one donor towards the scholarship fund made this statement about her:


“Our contribution is in honor of the years of technical expertise, guidance, and friendship that Melissa provided to us.”


Description and Eligibility

This scholarship will be awarded to one woman working in the field of economic development, and will be based on need, interest in the field, and planned career path. One scholarship will be made per year at the amount equal to the registration fee of any IEDC training course or conference within one calendar year of the award.

Submission and Timeline

To submit, please complete the application form and upload all requested materials to the form, including current resume and organizational training budget, by Monday, June 15, 2021.