Scholarship Program

Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) offers a limited number of scholarships to members to provide educational opportunities to continue their expertise in the field each year. Priority is given to the following courses: Heartland Economic Development Course; International Economic Development Council (IEDC)Economic Development Courses; University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI); and the National Development Council's Professional Certification Programs. In addition, other courses are considered for eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

Scholarships are made available to PDI members (the individual in whose name membership is held) and funding priority is given to assist members new to the profession and members whose development organizations cannot provide total funding. Each individual may receive up to $500 per request and $1,000 over a lifetime. The number of scholarships to be awarded shall be determined annually by the PDI board of directors.  Scholarship  applications can be submitted at any time, up to 30 days prior to the educational event. EARLY SUBMISSION IS ENCOURAGED if you are certain you like to attend the Heartland Institute.

For more information,contact the Education Chairs:
Steve Shupp,  stevenshupp@alliantenergy.com
Mark Reinig, mreinig@iastate.edu
James Hoelscher, james.hoelscher@uni.edu 

Purpose and Intent

Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) offers a limited number of scholarships to Heartland Economic Development Course, IEDC certified Regional Economic Development Courses, Economic Development Institute (EDI), and the National Development Council's Professional Certification Programs.  In addition, other courses will be considered for eligibility on a case-by-case basis.  The intent of the fund is to assist members whose development organization cannot provide total funding.  Scholarships are made available to PDI members (individual in whose name membership is held) in an effort to provide educational opportunities and promote professionalism.  Funding priority will be given to assist members new to the profession and members whose development organizations cannot provide total funding.  The number of scholarships to be awarded shall be determined yearly by the Board of Directors, through their planning and budgeting process.

Eligibility Requirements for Scholarship

  1. As the intent of this fund is to assist members whose employers cannot provide total funding, the member must demonstrate a need for the scholarship funds.  The member’s employer must participate in the expense of the course.
  2. The scholarship application will be reviewed and recommendations made to the Board of Directors by the Education Committee.  Final action will be taken by the Board of Directors if application is received prior to that month’s board meeting.
  3. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to approved applicants upon receipt of a copy of the certificate of completion from the course identified in the scholarship application.
  4. Scholar's awards will include the following:

    Maximum scholarship available is $500 per application.  Eligible costs include tuition fees, course fees, and course material fees.
  5. The maximum amount of scholarship funds available to any one member is $1,000.

Other possible funding sources:

  1. Additional scholarships may be available from other entities. Visit https://www.bcs.uni.edu/heartland/scholarships or contact Lynn Harkin, Executive Director at director@pdiowa.com or call 515-243-4585 for information. 
  2. Utility providers often have funding streams for education to include: Electric providers, natural gas providers, rural telephone providers. Contact your local representatives for more information.
  3. Don’t overlook local businesses for assistance. Many corporations want to be involved with assisting communities grow and may be willing to provide possible funding.