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The application period for scholarships is now closed. 

Each year, we provide up to 50 scholarships in order to include community members who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Partial support for these scholarships comes from generous donations from the NTEN community and our 19NTC sponsors.  Please note that scholarships do not cover travel or hotel expenses.

Scholarships will be awarded in three categories: Diversity, Local, and General.

Diversity Scholarships
We strive to be inclusive and to increase diversity at the NTC. We are allocating scholarships for individuals who identify as part of an underrepresented group, including:

  • People of color
  • Tribal & Indigenous organizations
  • LGBTQA people
  • People living in rural areas

Do you feel that you belong to an underrepresented group, but don’t fit into any of the above categories? Do not hesitate to apply for the diversity scholarship. The above scholarship categories are examples of how we seek to diversify the NTC, but this is by no means the limits of the diversity we hope for the 19NTC.

Local Scholarship
The local scholarship is for people from Portland or nearby. We want to give local organizations and communities the opportunity to participate in 19NTC. Thank you for sharing your city with the NTEN community! We’re sure glad to host in our hometown.

General Scholarship
All are welcome to apply for the general scholarship.


All applicant information will be kept in strictest confidence and used only to help allocate scholarship places. Scholarships cover the cost of registration only. Travel and hotel are NOT included in the scholarship. (Note: Many conference attendees carpool and share rooms. Look for opportunities in the 19NTC community forum, which will open in January 2019.)

We will prioritize applications from first-time attendees or those who have not already received an NTEN conference scholarship. We will give only one scholarship per organization.

Applicants who submit during the application period and do not receive a scholarship will be given the opportunity to register at the Early Bird rate. This means that if you don’t get a scholarship you can still access the cheapest rate. There is no need to register in advance to access this rate, we will reach out to you after the scholarships are awarded.

If you are also interested in applying for a volunteer role, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship and wait until you learn your award status. Scholarship applicants who do not receive a scholarship will have an opportunity to apply to be a volunteer.

We will ask scholarship recipients to assist with conference promotion. Participation is not required.

Last-minute cancellations and no-shows mean that we’ve missed an opportunity to extend a scholarship to another community member. All cancellations must be made in writing to by January 31.

19NTC Scholarship Timeline

Application period: October 1 – November 15
First-round award notifications: November 21
Second-round award notifications: December 9


Please complete the 19NTC Scholarship Application. The form will only be available during the application period.

The application period for scholarships is now closed.

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors

A special thanks to NTEN board member, Beth Kanter, who led a scholarship drive in loving memory of her mother, Ruth Kanter. Read more about Ruth on Beth’s blog, where Beth writes, “If my mom was born in a different generation, perhaps she would have been more comfortable with technology if she had access to training. In the nonprofit sector, professional development opportunities and learning are so vital to sustaining the nonprofit sector, yet too often, the cost is out of reach for many.”

In loving memory of Ruth D. Kanter


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