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Genealogy Scholarships Available

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The pursuit of Genealogy can be very expensive.

Have you ever considered taking formal Genealogy training but worried about the costs? Guess what! There are scholarships and grants available! Here are some ideas and links I found for you.

First of all, from the incomparable Cyndi's List:

  • Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies - Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Includes the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Scholarship. Distributions are awarded to those who have an interest in genealogy and wish to pursue genealogical related education at the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Application is open to all genealogists and consists of a short resume listing genealogical experience and a 150-200 word essay describing ho IGHR will help advance their genealogical research skills.

  • Forensic Genealogy Services - Giving Back A scholarship award program to partially reimburse "Transitional Genealogists" for educational opportunities and career-building endeavors.

  • IGHR Scholarships Includes the Ancestry Pro Genealogists Scholarship, Jean Thomason Scholarship, and the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship.

  • National Genealogical Society - Awards and Competitions National Genealogy Hall of Fame, Family History Writing Contest, Genealogical Writing Competitions, Rubincam Youth Award, NGS Newsletter Competition, Filby Prize, NGS Awards.

  • National Genealogy Hall of Fame Sponsored by the National Genealogical Society.

  • SLIG Scholarships Achieve your educational dreams and elevate your knowledge by attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy with the assistance of one of our scholarship opportunities.

The Association of Professional Genealogists just announced their scholarship, deadline to apply is June 15! See the information here:

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The American Society of Genealogists has a $2,000 scholarship for six different academic programs in the US. The link at Cyndi's List needs to be updated to this more current listing.

The National Genealogical Society has a scholarship for their online classes, but they warn that they are not an accrediting body, so no professional certification will result.

The Texas Genealogy College is a new discovery for me, they award scholarships to the Boston University online study programs. We are too late for 2024, but you may want to bookmark for next year!

Board for Certification of Genealogists has 3 separate scholarships, including one for those under 40 and one for African Americans. This, as the name implies, is an accrediting body for genealogists.

Additionally, you should check your local Genealogical Society, State Society, or Historical Association for grants or scholarships, in addition to any writing contests they sponsor with cash prizes! A writing contest will allow you to polish your family history documentation skills as well.

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Don't forget there are plenty of FREE learning sources always available to you at Family Search RootsTech, they are preparing some new lectures for Juneteenth, by the way. FamilyTree University also has several free courses.

Father's Day Sales are beginning, check your favorite sites!

Genealogy can be expensive, but it can also be very rewarding! Best of luck with your research, if I can help send me an email for a free quote and look at your tree.

Pray for peace, especially today the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion!

Leslie Ryan

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

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