Matthew H. Parry Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Academic Scholarship

Sponsored By

Project Management Institute


The Project Management Institute established the Matthew H. Parry Memorial Scholarship to honor the numerous contributions made by Matthew Parry to PMI and the project management profession. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of up to US$2,000. 

Application and Notification

For more information on scholarship applications and notifications, please review the Scholarship Guidelines.


The Matthew H. Parry Memorial Scholarship is open to any undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited academic degree granting program of higher education and showing an interest in project management as a potential career. 


The Accomplishments of Matthew H. Parry


PMI was saddened to learn of the 8 September 1999 death of one of its first members, Matthew H. Parry of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Over the years, he made numerous contributions to PMI. Member No. 26, Parry was the first person from outside the United States to become PMI president, 1976-1977; chair, 1978; and PMI Fellow, 1982. He also was vice president of functional operations on the PMI board of directors, 1974-1975.

During his tenures in office, the first PMI chapters were chartered; PMI membership grew from 785 to nearly 2000; the first PMI software survey was published; PMI’s first permanent office space was established; the Workshop in the Fundamentals of Project Management began at the Seminars & Symposium; and talk of certification was initiated.

Parry was project manager for the Fifth Annual Seminars and Symposium, 22-24 October 1973 in Toronto, the first held outside the United States. In 1979, he became one of a very few to receive the PMI Honorary Life Member Award. He was a founder and Honorary Life Member of the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter. He was also in the inaugural PMP® class and held PMP No. 23.

Parry served as project manager for the PMI Ethics, Standards, and Accreditation (ESA) Project. The committee’s final report, which appeared in a special issue of the Project Management Quarterly [August 1983] and which contained the first Code of Ethics for Project Management, was a predecessor to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and served as a foundation to the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification program and the university accreditation initiative. Founder and president of Time/Audit Ltd. (now known as Target Consultants), he performed in-depth analyses and monitored progress on major construction projects.

Source: "People News: Obituary -- Matthew Parry," PMI Today, October 1999, page 4

Congratulations to the most recent recipient of this scholarship

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Maggie Lin