NEDA Scholarship Program

NEDA offers scholarships for continuing education for their members.  The scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis.

Type of training/education that are considered for scholarships are:

Basic Economic Development Courses (BEDC)

  • Heartland Basic Economic Development, Kansas City, MO (preferred BEDC for NEDA Members)

International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Courses, e.g.

  • Business Credit Analysis
  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Economic Development Credit Analysis
  • Economic Development Finance
  • Economic Development Marketing and Attraction
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business development Strategies
  • Real Estate Development and Reuse

Economic Development Institutes (EDI)—Years 1, 2 and 3

National Development Council’s (NDC) Courses (with more listed on the web page):

  • ED 101-Economic Development Finance
  • ED 201-Business Credit Analysis
  • ED 202-Real Estate Finance
  • ED 300-The Art of Deal Structuring

Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) Scholarship Program

Type of training/education that is considered for this scholarship includes:

  • Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI) Conferences
  • Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI) Courses

Criteria for applicants include:

  • The NEDA member must be an active member of NEDA for a minimum of three months prior to the Scholarship Application deadline before applying for a Basic Economic Development (BEDC) Course scholarship.
  • The NEDA member must be an active member of NEDA for at least  one year prior to the training/education course date before applying for a scholarship to IEDC courses, EDI or NDC courses.
  • The NEDA member must be an active member of NEDA for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the Scholarship Application deadline before applying for a Business Retention & Expansion International Conference or Course scholarship.
  • Additionally, the applicant must complete the official Scholarship Application form, as well as have a written letter of recommendation from the applicant’s chief executive officer or the chairman/president of the Board.
  • Note, never are scholarships awarded for training/education already attended.
  • If an applicant has not attended BEDC, then no scholarships can be awarded for other training/education.

Process for awarding scholarships:

  • The scholarship application and all accompanying materials must be postmarked by the deadline determined annually by the NEDA Board and Scholarship Committee.
  • The Scholarship Committee will rank the applications and make recommendations to the NEDA Board of Directors.
  • The NEDA Board of Directors will make the final determination on the number of awards to be made.
  • If an applicant is chosen, the scholarship must be used within the year it was awarded.
  • A photo copy of the check or credit card receipt sent by the applicant to pay for registration must be sent to the NEDA Executive Director. The NEDA Executive Director will then reimburse the successful  scholarship applicant.
  • The successful scholarship applicant is expected to send a written report to the NEDA President and make an oral report to the membership at the NEDA conference following completion of the course.

Amounts available:

  • NEDA members are eligible for scholarships in the amounts of $250 or $500 for successful applications to be used toward tuition costs only. Each NEDA member can receive $1250 in total scholarship funds from NEDA.

Return Applications To:

DeEtta Hartman

NEDA Executive Director
318 East 19th Street
Cozad, NE 69130
(308) 784-3809
Fax : (308) 784-3809


Application deadline is January 4, 2013.
Application can be found here: NEDA-Scholarship Program-2013 

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