Financial Assistance

H. Woods Bowman Fellowship

Dr. H. Woods Bowman was a regular and renowned faculty instructor in ELPNO, teaching our unit in nonprofit financial management and contributing vitally to our discussions of nonprofit governance and ethics.

He was a very special part of our program, a man who mobilized his unique combination of academic excellence and research, and real world experience as a nonprofit executive and public official, to enlighten all of us to the subtleties and practicalities of responsible financial management of nonprofit organizations.  Graduates of ELPNO will benefit from his wisdom for years to come. Dr. Bowman tragically lost his life in an automobile accident in summer 2015.

To honor Dr. Bowman’s legacy, a fellowship has been established in his name.  Each year 1 fellowship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to an outstanding candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • Advocates for the nonprofit sector (as well as his/her own organization and/or field).
  • Applies research and best practices in their work.
  • Demonstrates a clear commitment to ethical practice
  • Is committed to lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Meets ELPNO criteria for admission.

To apply for the H. Woods Bowman Fellowship, please complete the ELPNO 2020 application and check the box indicating your interest in the fellowship.  In addition to the standard ELPNO application, prospective Woods Bowman Fellows must submit a brief description (1 page max) of how they meet the criteria for this important designation.  All interested applicants must apply by October 31, 2019 for full consideration.


Needs Based Fellowship

ELPNO partners recognize that many smaller organizations could benefit from participation in ELPNO, though their organizations may lack the financial means to support participation. Each year fellowships of up to $1000 will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who meets the following criteria:

  • Organizational budget is less than $1 million
  • Organization has been in existence for more than 3, but less than 10 years
  • Can demonstrate financial need
  • Meets ELPNO criteria for admission

To apply for the Needs Based Fellowship, please complete the ELPNO 2020 application and check the box indicating your interest in the fellowship. In addition to the standard ELPNO application, prospective Needs Based Fellows must submit a brief description (1 page max) of how they meet the criteria for this award and their most recent form 990. All interested applicants must apply by October 31, 2019 for full consideration.