Promoting Educational Opportunity in New England

Jerry Ellis Professional Development Fund

The Jerry Ellis Professional Development Fund is Ready to Receive applications!

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Must be an NEOA member
  • Has worked in a TRIO/EOP program for at least 6 months
  • Must demonstrate need - why their program can’t pay the cost

Suggested types of eligible professional development opportunities:

  • The proposed training must relate to Educational Opportunity work, participants they serve, and the work an applicant currently performs or plans to perform in the near future.
  • The PD is offered by a legitimate/credible organization
  • Types / topics that would be eligible:
    • Direct Service: Enhanced skills and knowledge serving the following: participants, parents, schools and partners
    • Individual skill development for professional/career goals: management and leadership, supervision, technology, grant writing, advocacy, etc.
    • Program Development, Operations and Enhancement: building/strengthening partners and stakeholders, PR, strategic planning, organizational structure and operations (record keeping, compliance, etc).
  • AMLI or state/regional conference support IF their institution can’t fund the cost. We suggest that this gets funded ONLY in unusual circumstances. These may include:
    • Frozen program funds by DOE or institution
    • Administrative specialists seeking technical training
    • Newly hired staff without program funds to support PD

Range of awards:

  • Depending on how much the board allocates in a given year, we propose a range of $500-$1,500 per award.


  • For now, the application process will follow the NEOA fiscal year, will have no deadline and will be awarded on a rolling basis depending on available funds.
  • We suggest that applicants apply at least 2 months before they need the funds.


  • Will be clearly articulated for Awardees to report back to the NEOA board on their outcomes from attending the PD event and how they can share their learnings.

Application Form


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