Scholarships and Awards to Strengthen the Economic Development Profession

The North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) supports the advancement of outstanding economic development practitioners by annually awarding scholarships for professional development. These scholarships recognize individuals whose contributions to the profession, commitment to high professional and personal standards, and professional success earned the respect of their peers and associates.

Recipients of these scholarships are recognized at NCEDA meetings, in the newsletter, and in news releases to local media.

Dan Stewart Scholarship to the Economic Development Course

This scholarship awards $575 toward tuition to the one-week basic Economic Development course at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

Scholarships are awarded at the NCEDA 2017 MidWinter Conference on March 15 in Raleigh. Applications are received in February and awarded at the MidWinter Conference in March. The 2017-18 application will be posted later this year.

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 to the winner’s contributions to expansions and projects completed during the previous calendar year. The application for the award can be found here. Nominations are accepted during May.
See our current honoree.

Legislator of the Year

NCEDA presents annual awards to a member of the North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives in recognition for their exceptional support for the state’s economic development efforts.
See our current honorees.