Scholarship Guidelines

The following sets forth guidelines that the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (“PMIEF”) will rely upon in evaluating requests for scholarship funds and making scholarship awards.  

Scholarships will be consistent with and awarded in compliance with all PMIEF policies and purposes. These guidelines address academic, professional development and training scholarships.

 

Academic Scholarships

 

Criteria For Academic Scholarship Awards

To be eligible to apply for an academic scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  • All academic scholarships shall be awarded for use in an academic degree-granting program in a college or university accredited by a nationally or regionally recognized accrediting agency, as defined by the United States Department of Education with respect to United States academic institutions, and as defined by the pertinent comparable body for academic institutions outside the United States.
  • To be considered for an academic scholarship, all applicants must submit a completed application form through the online application portal, inclusive of the following documents:
    • Transcripts from the applicant’s current or most recently attended high school (secondary school), college, or university.  Transcripts that have been downloaded, screenshot, or printed and scanned directly from the applicant’s college or university website are acceptable for the submission of the scholarship application.  However, PMIEF must receive official transcripts directly from the student’s university before scholarship funds can be released to scholarship recipients.  
    • Resume
    • Contact information for one person who is not a family member who can serve as a reference.
    • Short Essay
  • To be eligible for scholarship payment, all applicants for academic scholarships must provide written proof of enrollment in the program for which a scholarship is sought before the funds are released.  Proof of enrollment must be sent directly to PMIEF from the college or university at which the applicant plans to use the scholarship, and generally takes the form of a letter from the registrar’s office.  Instructions for submission of proof of enrollment will be provided to successful applicants.  Proof of enrollment must document the following:
    • Enrollment in the fall semester of the application year
    • Number of credits for which the student is enrolled
    • Student enrollment status (full-time/part-time)
    • Level of study (undergraduate/graduate)
    • Program of study

Application Guidelines for Academic Scholarships

  • Deadlines for receipt of applications with all supporting materials for each scholarship will be published on the PMIEF website, along with other pertinent application information.
  • All applications and supporting materials for scholarships must be submitted in the format specified on the PMIEF website for each item, and must be complete and verified before being considered by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee.
  • Only complete applications with all required supporting materials that are received by the published deadline will be considered by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee

Award Guidelines for Academic Scholarships

  • Unless otherwise specified, scholarships are given for only one (1) academic year. The academic year for which the scholarship is provided will be identified in the award.
    Successful applicants will be awarded only one (1) PMIEF scholarship or award per calendar year. This is inclusive of academic scholarships, professional development scholarships, and awards.
  • Unless specified otherwise, applicants may submit scholarship applications for each calendar year during which they will be attending an accredited institution in a degree-granting program.
  • All completed applications accompanied by all required supporting materials will be reviewed by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee to ensure that every applicant receives full consideration and that every applicant meets all the criteria for the selected scholarships.
  • The Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee will use a point system to rank applicants in regard to qualification on the basis of materials provided in the scholarship application, including transcripts, resume, essay, and references. Scholarships will be awarded in a manner that matches the higher dollar award with the better qualified applicant who meets all the requisite criteria.
  • All decisions by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee are final.
  • All scholarship applicants are screened against the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) of the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Notice of Academic Scholarship Award

All communication with scholarship applicants, including award notification, will be sent to the email address provided in the application.
Applicants who are awarded an academic scholarship will have three weeks from the date of notification to submit proof of enrollment and tax forms. If documentation is not submitted before the deadline, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case by case basis if extenuating circumstances are demonstrated.

 

Professional Development Scholarships

The above guidelines for academic scholarships shall apply to professional development scholarships, except when noted differently below and/or in the specific criteria for an individual scholarship.

 

Criteria For Professional Development Scholarship Awards

  • Scholarships will be granted only to provide training in project, program or portfolio management, a discipline or skill directly related to project management, or for preparation for an examination in a project management-related certification that is provided by training organizations that are either Registered Education Providers with the Project Management Institute (“PMI”) or would be qualified under PMI criteria to be Registered Education Providers.
  • Applicants for scholarships must clearly identify the program by program title, supplier, cost, location and program dates at the time of application. Written proof of enrollment in the course may be required by PMIEF prior to funds being sent to the applicant(s) selected to receive the scholarship.
  • Professional development scholarships can be used for one stand-alone course. They cannot be used for a series of courses/modules and cannot be used towards an academic degree program. Single courses towards non-degree certificate programs are eligible. Applicants interested in funding courses towards a degree program should review the guidelines for academic scholarships instead.
  • Unless otherwise specified by PMIEF, applicants must provide proof of registration for their course within two weeks of accepting the award. Coursework should begin within forty-five (45) days of accepting the award. Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • In addition to proof of enrollment, all successful applicants for professional development scholarships must submit a form W-9 (U.S. citizens and other U.S. persons, as defined by the IRS) or form W-8BEN (individuals who are not U.S. citizens or other U.S. persons, as defined by the IRS) before funds are released.

Specific criteria in addition to the above, or further qualifying the above, may apply to individual scholarships. Any such specific criteria will be posted on the PMIEF website along with general information about the scholarship.

Application Guidelines for Professional Development Scholarships

  • Deadlines for complete applications with all supporting materials for each scholarship will be published on the PMIEF website, along with other pertinent application information.
  • All applications and supporting materials for scholarships must be submitted in the format specified on the PMIEF website for each item, and must be complete and verified before being considered by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee.
  • Only complete applications with all required supporting materials received by the published deadline will be considered by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee.
  • Scholarship applicants may apply for all scholarships for which the criteria are met.

Applicant Criteria for Professional Development Scholarships

  • Applicants for scholarships must demonstrate a strong present or future occupational need for a scholarship
  • The basis for demonstrating a strong present or future occupational need for the scholarship will be posted on the PMI web site.

Award Guidelines for Professional Development Scholarships

  • Unless specified otherwise, applicants may submit a Professional Development Scholarship Application for each application deadline that appears on the website.
  • Successful applicants will be awarded only one (1) PMIEF scholarship or award per calendar year. This is inclusive of academic scholarships, professional development scholarships, and awards.
  • All completed applications accompanied by all required supporting materials will be reviewed by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee to ensure that every applicant receives full consideration and that every applicant meets all the criteria for the selected scholarships.
  • All scholarship applicants will be ranked by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee in regard to qualifications. The ranking criteria will be based on a point system.
  • All decisions by the Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee are final.
  • Scholarships will be awarded in a manner that matches the higher dollar award with the better-qualified applicant who meets all the requisite criteria.
  • All scholarship applicants are screened against the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN) of the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

 

Scholarship Service Commitments by and for Donors

 

In carrying out its duties pursuant to these Scholarship Guidelines, PMIEF commits to the following:

  • PMIEF will fulfill the written intent and spirit of the established scholarship and will notify and consult with the donor if PMIEF is unable to do so.
  • PMIEF will establish an impartial scholarship award panel of no less than three appropriately qualified and trained scholarship judges comprised of project management practitioners, academics, and others.
  • PMIEF will review and evaluate all applicants who follow the application guidelines.
  • PMIEF will provide donors with the overall number of applications and the number of those applicable to the donor’s scholarship(s) upon the donor’s request.
  • PMIEF will provide donors with the name of the selected scholarship applicants for their scholarships.
  • Except when specified otherwise, PMIEF will disperse the academic scholarship award to the selected scholarship applicant between August and September of each year, or in the case of a training course scholarship, within two (2) to three (3) months from the application closing date.
  • PMIEF will adhere to the PMIEF Investment Policy regarding the investment of the donor’s scholarship endowment.
  • PMIEF will publicize scholarships and scholarship awards in PMI Publications, the PMIEF Web site, colleges and universities, secondary schools, PMIEF events, PMIEF social networking site, and other appropriate venues. When appropriate, PMIEF will identify donors in such communications.

In carrying out its duties pursuant to these Scholarship Guidelines, Scholarship Donors shall abide by the following requirements:

 

  1. Donor will provide a single point of contact for resolution of any questions or issues that might arise pertaining to donor’s scholarship.
  2. Donors shall not be permitted to participate as members of the PMIEF Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee.
  3. Donor may publicize and otherwise promote the donated PMIEF scholarship(s) on the donor’s Web site and through other appropriate venues.
  4. Donor may identify and cultivate potential applicants, mentor them, and encourage them to complete the application process.
  5. Donor will accept the decisions of the PMIEF Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee.
  6. Donors will fulfill their funding commitments in accordance with the established donation dates.

 

Additional Considerations

 

PMIEF reserves the right to discontinue or modify the scholarship program, or any component thereof, and to revise any or all of the scholarship requirements, processes, or eligibility criteria at any time. Unless specific otherwise in a written agreement, PMIEF further reserves the right to return funds to a donor if for any reason the funds cannot be distributed as requested by the donor.

Any material misrepresentation of the facts in the candidate's application and supporting materials, whether discovered during the verification process or later, will result in withdrawal of the application from consideration. Following notice to the candidate of the discovery of the misrepresentation, and the opportunity for the candidate to explain the circumstances of the erroneous submission, the candidate may be banned from applying for PMIEF scholarships in the future if intentional misrepresentation to gain competitive advantage is proven to be true.