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Apra Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 Apra Awards winners: Lauren Woodring (Scholarship), Dina Zelleke (Margaret Fuhry Award), Courtney Duckworth (Professional of the Year) and Lori Hood Lawson (Distinguished Service Award). Click here to meet each of the winners. View the Apra Past Awards Winners page for a list of previous award recipients.

Please note that current Selection Committee members are not eligible to receive awards. 


Apra Scholarship Award

In support of Apra's goal to promote professional growth, Apra's Scholarship Award ensures accessibility to educational programming by awarding a scholarship to an Apra member based on financial need and professional merit. In a review of applications, the selection committee will consider professional achievements, proven leadership within and outside their organization, and volunteer participation with local/regional groups. Selection is weighted on both merit and financial need.

Apra's 2022 Scholarship Award covers the costs of one complimentary conference registration, accommodations, and travel expenses (not to exceed $1,000 USD), plus a one-year membership with Apra International.

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Scholarship Award recipient.

Eligibility/Qualifications:

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must work at least 50% of the time in prospect development, prospect management, and/or analytics for a non-profit organization. 
  • Scholarship winners must wait 10 years before applying again.

Apra Margaret Fuhry Award

Funded by the Apra Foundation

Established in 1998, the Apra Margaret Fuhry Award is given to an Apra member committed to the prospect development profession based on leadership, mentorship and volunteerism. 

Apra's 2022 Margaret Fuhry Award covers the costs of one complimentary conference registration, accommodations, and travel expenses (not to exceed $1,000 USD).

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Margaret Fuhry Award recipient.

Eligibility/Qualifications:

  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the profession of prospect development through leadership, mentorship and volunteerism.
  • Applicants must be employed in prospect development and/or related fields in a non-consulting capacity.
  • Applicants must be Apra members in good standing.
  • Applicants must have volunteered within two years of the submission due date.

Apra Professional of the Year Award

This award was established in 1999 and is open to all Apra members. Formerly known as the Researcher of the Year award, it recognizes an outstanding prospect development professional who has significantly impacted their organization's success in fulfilling its mission. The award acknowledges the skills, talents and accomplishments of a member in our profession who has gone above the scope of their core duties and played a leadership role in their organization.

The Apra Professional of the Year award recipient receives one complimentary conference registration and accommodations.

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Professional of the Year.

Eligibility/Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be employed by a nonprofit organization registered with its national governing authority (if in the United States, a 501(c)(3).
  • Applicant conducts prospect research and/or relationship management in their position at least 50% of the time.
  • Applicant is an Apra member in good standing.

Apra Distinguished Service Award

Funded by the Apra Foundation

Established in 1990, the Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has enhanced both the prospect development profession and Apra through exceptional contributions beyond their daily paid work. The award considers professional competencies (the Apra Skill Sets and the Body of Knowledge) and personal competencies (contributions that facilitate exceptional learning and talents). Self-nominations are permitted.

Apra's 2022 Distinguished Service Award grants one complimentary conference registration, travel expenses (not to exceed $1,000 USD), and accommodations.

A committee of Apra members will select one (1) Apra Distinguished Service Award.

Eligibility/Qualifications:

  • Applicant is an Apra member in good standing.
  • Applicant has at least five years of experience in the field of prospect development.

Nominees cannot be employees of the award sponsor or current board members of Apra International.


If you have questions about Apra awards, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Apra Headquarters.