foundation logoThe PASAE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PASAE, serving the association community by developing the next generation of leaders through professional development and outreach. The Foundation offers scholarship opportunities for professional development and supports PASAE educational programming.


Serving the Association Community

Foundation Scholarships

The PASAE Foundation was created to complement PASAE’s support of Pennsylvania’s association community. Since 2011, the PASAE Foundation has awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships to 19 individuals.  

Twice a year, the Foundation awards scholarships up to $500 to individuals pursuing an academic degree or continuing education, including costs associated with professional certification such as CAE/CMP. The scholarships can also be used for programs such as PASAE's Summit and Professional Development Sessions. Scholarship awards are paid directly to the institution or the sponsoring organization.

To be considered for a scholarship award, individuals must have a minimum of one year of association experience and be willing to serve on a PASAE Foundation or PASAE committee if chosen as a scholarship recipient

A limited number of scholarships are available. Applications are judged based on pertinence of education/training to association management profession, as well as the level of involvement and activities with community or professional organizations. Priority is given to new applicants. PASAE Foundation Directors and PASAE management staff are not eligible.

Scholarships will be awarded twice a year. To be considered for a scholarship, the application must be submitted by:

  • May 9
  • November 9

Applicants will be asked to create a user account to complete the application.

To apply, please complete the online application. For questions, contact [email protected]

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Scholarship Recipients:

  • Jackie Antonucci
  • Kristin Bleiler, CMP
  • Julie Bly
  • Tami Brehm
  • Sara Bustard
  • Johanna Byrd, ACSW
  • Ryan Conrad
  • Molly Corman
  • Kathleen DeMarco, CAE
  • Cristy Doyle
  • Jennifer Keeler
  • Lindsey Killian
  • Rebecca May-Cole
  • Denise Ott
  • Brenda Penyak 
  • Diane Powell
  • Abby Schrum, CMP
  • Kate Sherman
  • Toyca Williams

Educational Grants

The PASAE Foundation also supports the association community through educational grants.  These grants have allowed PASAE to provide high quality topics and speakers for the Educational Summit & Expo, Professional Development Sessions, and Critical Issues in Association Leadership Symposium. 


Each year the Foundation holds a fundraising event and Silent Auction in November.  All the proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit the PASAE Foundation.  2018's event was held on Thursday, November 8 at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA. 

2018 Foundation Event & Silent Auction Chair

Valerie Wickerham, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course 

2019 Foundation Board Members

Sandy Sipe, CMP, Chair
Wyndham Gettysburg

Dave Sheppard, Jr., CAE Treasurer
Home Builders Association of Metro Harrisburg

Ilene Sauertieg, Secretary
PA Optometric Association

Kim Snyder-Wise, Director
PA Library Association

Lara Beer-Caulfield, Director
PA Podiatric Medical Association

Kristin Bleiler, CMP, Director
Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association

Debra Tingley, Director
PA Treasury

Valerie Wickerham, Director
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

*Leeann Sherman, CHSP
American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania

*Jan Reisinger
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

*Donna Centofanti
Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association