PMI J. Gordon Davis and Ronald P.C. Waller Memorial Fellows Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Academic Scholarship

Sponsored By

Project Management Institute


In honor of the distinguished service career of the fellows of the Project Management Institute, the PMI Board of Directors has established the Memorial Fellows Scholarship named in honor of the previous year’s Fellow(s) who have passed. The scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an accredited college or university, pursuing a master's degree in project management or a project management related field. The scholarship will be awarded in the amount of US $2,000. This scholarship is awarded once annually.

Application and Notification

To apply for this scholarship, complete the Academic Application for Undergraduates and Graduates.  When you complete this application you will be considered for all academic scholarships for which you meet the criteria, so separate applications are not required for individual scholarships.  The application opens on January 1 and closes on May 1.  All notifications of application status will be made to the email address you provide in your scholarship application. 
To review the guidelines for Academic Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Guidelines.


This scholarship is open to students who are registered at accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities and are pursuing master’s degrees in project management or related fields of study.

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Ronald P.C Waller, PMP, CEM

This endowed scholarship honors the life of Ronald P.C. Waller, PMP, CEM. Robert was the past president of the PMI Midwest Chapter and PMI Chicagoland Chapter, Mr. Waller was on the PMI Board of Directors, initiating formal strategic and financial planning processes and serving as its president in 1996, its chair in 1997 and its ex-officio chair in 1998. A PMI member since 1978, he earned the 78th Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. He helped develop the role definition for PMP certification, and assisted in the development of PMI Chapter-supported PMP credential exam training and guidance. In addition to originating and expanding PMI’s online presence and being an honorary PMI India Fellow, he was Chair of the PMI PMP board, a member of the original PMI OPM3 development team, and member of the original development team for the PMI Risk Management credential. For many years, he served as a judge for PMI’s Project of the Year award. He proposed and then coordinated the joining of the Performance Management Association and PMI, forming the former PMI College of Performance Management, PMI's first college. Mr. Waller spent more than four years developing the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management’s (asapm’s) project manager competency programs, served as chair of their certification board, and worked on the development team of the IPMA USA National Competency Baseline.

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About J. Gordon Davis, PhD

This endowed scholarship honors the life of Dr. J. Gordon Davis. Dr. Davis was member number four at PMI and a former Vice President of the Institute. He effectively served PMI in many capacities, including the coordination of the Institute's early-on academic activities, and has received nearly every honor that the organization bestows, including the designation of PMI Fellow. His interest in helping to create PMI was to provide a forum for discussing the emerging concepts and practices in the field, and to identify a profession of project management that was not otherwise perceived as a profession. Dr. Davis challenged PMI members and leaders to build professionalism in project management and focus on the multi-disciplinary aspects of project management that play such a vital role in bringing projects of all sizes to a successful conclusion. (Source: PMI®)