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Gene Herlocker - Gary A. Ward Professional Development Fund


2020 Available Funds



ORPA is committed to offering members an opportunity for professional development.  We recognize that limited resources may prevent some members from accessing important training they need for their jobs.  The Gene Herlocker - Gary A. Ward Professional Development Grant provides funds for members so they can cover registration fees and travel costs associated with attending workshops and conferences.

ORPA has provided more than $20,000 to members since the inception of the Gene Herlocker - Gary A. Ward Professional Development Grant Fund.


What does it cover?

Members may apply for a Herlocker - Ward grant for any professional development training.  Priority may be given to requests that support member attendance at the following:

  • ORPA Annual Conference
  • ORPA workshops and seminars
  • NRPA Congress
  • NRPA National Legislative Forum
  • NRPA Director's School
  • Other national training/conferences
  • Professional Certification Training (CPSI, NAYS/CYSA, RMS)



  • Applicants must be current, active members of ORPA as determined by ORPA's membership database.
    • Active members are defined to be individuals who hold an individual or student-level membership in the association, as well as individual staff who are listed as official ORPA members under an agency or nonprofit organization membership.
  • Applicants may receive up to $500 in educational grants.
  • Submission of applications may be made at any time but are reviewed in January, March and May.
  • Members may only receive a Herlocker - Ward award once every two years.


How to Apply

  1. Complete the Gene Herlocker-Gary A Ward Professional Development Grant Application Form.
  2. Return the form to ORPA by either email or mail:
    1. Email: Michael Klein,
    2. Mail: ORPA, Herlocker-Ward Scholarship Request; P.O. Box 202; Lake Oswego OR 97034


What Happens Next?

Scholarship requests are reviewed the first weeks of January, March and May each year by the Herlocker-Ward Scholarship Committee and are awarded based on the individual's contributions to ORPA and financial need.  Requests received after the first of May will be considered if there are remaining funds.

Unless otherwise requested, Herlocker-Ward awards are made on a reimbursement basis.

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