Scholarships and Awards to Strengthen NC Economic Developers

NCEDA supports the advancement of outstanding economic development practitioners by annually awarding scholarships for professional development and recognizing the North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year.


Dan Stewart Scholarship to the Economic Development Course
This scholarship awards $650 toward tuition to UNC Chapel Hill’s one-week Basic Economic Development Course held in August each year.

Jack Ervin Scholarship to the Economic Development Institute
This scholarship provides $650 a year in tuition for the three-year Economic Development Institute.

Governor James E. Holshouser Professional Development Scholarship
This scholarship awards $1,000 per year in general support for three years toward the cost of attending the Economic Development Institute.

Applying for Scholarships
The 2020 application period will open in February, and scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2020 Spring Conference. Contact Liz (888.246.2332 / with any questions.

Our 2019 scholarship recipients were recognized at the 2019 Spring Conference in Pinehurst:

  • Kathleen Henry, Wake County Economic Development (Dan Stewart Scholarship)
  • Tyler Chaffee, Winston-Salem Business (Jack Ervin Scholarship)
  • Alyssa Byrd, Chatham Economic Development Corporation (Gov. Holshouser Scholarship)


Economic Developer of the Year
At the Annual Conference in June, NCEDA presents an award to the individual who best exemplifies leadership in the state’s economic development efforts. The North Carolina Economic Developer of the Year award is given in recognition of the winner’s contributions to expansions and projects completed during the previous calendar year.
See our current honoree and list of previous recipients.

Legislator of the Year
NCEDA periodically recognizes members of the North Carolina Senate and North Carolina House of Representatives in recognition for their exceptional support for the state’s economic development efforts.
See our most recent honorees.