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Letter from Seattle NACE President
In an effort to support our members as the effects of this pandemic stretch into 2021, we have developed a scholarship program to aid our members in covering membership costs for the coming year. The devastation of this past year cannot be overstated and so many of our industry peers have been out of work with businesses shuttered for the duration. Over the past year, your Seattle NACE leaders have been working with other industry leaders to advocate and lobby for our industry. We have seen both success and setback along the way. We will continue to advocate and keep our industry top of mind with our state lawmakers. We share in the pain of this past year and have worked to support our members along the way, but we must do more.
We will reopen. Events will return. We will go back to work.
When we get back to doing what we love, it will be more important than ever to be a part of an organization that can provide valuable resources, education, and networking. While we know how important belonging will be in this coming year, we also acknowledge that our members’ resources will be limited. We know association membership fees will not be your top priority this year, so we have developed a plan to put our members’ money back to work for them.
Seattle NACE will immediately put forth $5000 to cover membership costs for our members in need of assistance. We will also be asking our community to donate to this scholarship fund to help cover costs for our members in need. Seattle NACE will match each donation, dollar for dollar, up to an additional $5000. This means we have a potential scholarship fund of up to $15,000. While we may not be able to cover the membership costs for everyone in our chapter, we hope to cover costs for those that need it most. Your Seattle NACE board will be evaluating each application based on a series of metrics to award these scholarships.
To qualify, members must:
- Have been a professional member in good standing prior to March 2020.
- Have had or currently have a membership lapse between March 2020 and May 2021.
- Be willing to volunteer in a support role within your Seattle NACE chapter (totally worth the minimal time commitment).
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- How long you have been a member.
- Whether you are currently employed or unemployed or had your business impacted by Covid.
- Size of business (priority given to small businesses or sole proprietors).
- BIPOC or woman-owned business, or industry professional.
We look forward to seeing you in-person as soon as possible!
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