Denver Chapter of IFMA Scholarships
Now accepting World Workplace 2020 Virtual Scholarship Applications - Apply by November 12
Each year, the Denver Chapter offers scholarships to attend the IFMA USA World Workplace and Facility Fusion. APPLY NOW FOR WORLD WORKPLACE 2020 SCHOLARSHIP (virtual).
Applicants for all are selected each year with the goal to further their education with IFMA's established resources, to advance the facility management profession. The eligibility is for those who an employer do not fund education or when a member facing a financial hardship. Members may receive scholarship awards to only one of the upcoming programs or events.
The Denver Chapter of IFMA’s Education Scholarship Committee also offes scholarship opportunities to Chapter members for local instructor led courses to be held in 2021. Scholarship winners will be annouced soon. Please complete the application by September 30, 2020. At this time the dates for the workshops in 2021 have not been scheduled.
Recipients of a scholarship will receive financial assistance towards the following programs:
• Essential of Facility Management (EoFM)
• Facility Management Professional (FMP)
• Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP)
• Certified Facility Manager (CFM) exam prep workshop
The Chapter’s scholarship can be applied to any of the programs. The scholarship cannot be applied towards the fees for the CFM Exam itself. The “need based” criteria for the scholarship is defined as those who do not receive any financial assistance from an employer or a member who is faced with a hardship, such as unemployment.
A link to the application for the scholarship is located on the front page of the Denver Chapter of IFMA web site in the Education section on the main menu. All applicants must apply through the website.
Go to the Denver Chapter of IFMA website, www.ifmadenver.org, and click on the Scholarship tab under Education dropdown on the main menu for more information and to apply.
PATRICIA J. HARRIS memorial SCHOLARSHIP
The Denver Chapter of IFMA provides an annual scholarship award in the name of an outstanding past member, Patricia J. Harris, IFMA Fellow, CFM. Each year, a student who is pursuing a degree in facility management or any related career fields may apply for the scholarship.
Who was Patricia J. Harris, IFMA Fellow, CFM?
The Denver Chapter of IFMA has been fortunate to have members passionate for the facility management profession. Patricia J. Harris (Pat) was a valuable IFMA member that is recognized for her dedication to the facility management profession and her strong desire to encourage and “coach” everyone in the profession. Pat was a champion for education and supporting the many efforts of the IFMA Foundation. Her vision was to encourage as many FM professionals as possible to obtain their credentials, and to impact the future of facility management by supporting college programs to develop the future of the industry.
Pat retired from Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield in the fall of 2006. In her professional facility management career, Pat also worked for StorageTek, Minscribe, Cadnetics, NCAR, ICG, and @Link.
Pat first joined IFMA in 1983, when the Denver Chapter of IFMA was still forming! After a layoff, she rejoined in 1987. Pat served as the chapter’s Treasurer twice, the Chair of the Education Committee, where she launched the CFM Exam Workshops, and a member of the Membership and EXPO Committees. She was also the Chair of the Newsletter and wrote the “Management Maneuvers” column for 18 years! Pat was always willing to raise her hand to help the chapter in many other ways too – from special task forces to making membership calls.
n addition to her serving the Denver Chapter of IFMA, Pat was active in the public sector Council and held several positions including President the year, the Council received the “Council of the Year” award. Pat obtained her CFM designation and in 2003, received her IFMA Fellow designation, IFMA’s most prestigious designation.
Upon her retirement, Pat said the thing that meant the most to her as an IFMA member was the way other IFMA members were “unbelievably helpful to me and I so appreciated their help that I committed myself to always do that for other new members.” Those of us who had the privilege of interacting with Pat can attest to the fact that she definitely followed through on that commitment!
Pat died on July 18, 2007 from her long-time battle with Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. Initially the Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship was an internal chapter scholarship available for chapter members pursing any of the facilities credentials. In, 2012 the chapter decided to offer the scholarship through the IFMA Foundation in honor of her passion to advancing the facility management profession. The chapter still offers internal scholarships for members pursuing any of the FM credentials under its Education Committee.
Applications for the Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship
Today her legacy lives on, annually the Denver Chapter of IFMA awards a deserving student a $5,000 scholarship through the IFMA Foundation’s award program. Applications for applying for scholarships are now available on the IFMA Foundation website at https://foundation.ifma.org/students/scholarships/ for students and IFMA member who are pursuing a degree in facility management or any related career fields. The IFMA Foundation is the governing body that manages the application process. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges which selects the finalists to receive the numerous scholarship awards. After the finalists are selected, all the scholarships sponsors gets to select the recipient of their scholarship. Priority is based on the amount of the scholarship. The sponsors of the high valued scholarships gets to select their recipient first. From there the process continues until all recipients are selected. All scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship at the annual IFMA World Workplace Expo and Conference.
The Patricia J. Harris Scholarship: Supporting the Next Generation of FMs
This October 2020, the Denver Chapter of IFMA will once again award the Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship to a student member pursuing a degree in facility management or a related career fields. This allows the Chapter to direct where the funds be utilized. That was directed straight to the first Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship recipient. Since 2012, the Denver Chapter of IFMA has contributed $40,000 in scholarships to eight recipients. Also, it has contributed more than $22,500 since 2012 in covering the recipients’ costs to attend World Workplace to receive their scholarship in person. Here are the names of the recipients:
- 2012 Yunna Nasir, Conestoga College
- 2013 Jeremy Bergeron, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
- 2014 Johnny Cioara, Arizona State University
- 2015 Kent Anderson, Indiana State Purdue University
- 2016 Kim Sungjin, Georgia Tech University
- 2017 David Gastelum, Arizona State University
- 2018 Deniz Besiktepe, Colorado State University
- 2019 Doug Postema, Ferris State University
- 2020 DeMarcus Means, Florida A&M University
In the future, the Chapter will continue to support funding the Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship thanks to the generosity of its sponsors and the funds it receives from annual membership dues. It also hopes in the future to award a scholarship to a local student attending a local college or university, one of the main criteria on its restricted fund requirement. The Patricia J. Harris Memorial Scholarship is one of the ways the Denver Chapter of IFMA is paying it forward to advance the facility management profession.