Project Management is a career, but it is also a great life skill. Think about it – everything is a project – my daughter’s birthday party, a food drive, or a fundraising gala. Today’s organization is providing training and scholarships to help improve project management skills in the nonprofit and education sectors.
PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) was founded in 1990 by the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is a nonprofit, non-political, public charitable organization that has adopted the slogan “Empowering the future of project management” to demonstrate its commitment to advancing project management knowledge and the application of project management concepts and theory by society.
PMIEF focuses its work in three areas:
- Building a better prepared workforce through academic scholarships, awards, internships, doctoral research grants, and professional development scholarships.
- Preparing youth for success in life through educational resources, programs, and workshops in project management for youth and their teachers.
- Helping people in need and those struck by disaster by aiding nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to better utilize their limited resources through PMIEF grants, scholarships, and workshops in project management.
Annually, PMIEF awards over US$400,000 in scholarships, awards, and doctoral research grants. The scholarships are available to students, teachers, nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, and project managers. They also partner with nonprofit organizations to incorporate project management into youth programs, workforce development programs, and teacher training materials. They offer no cost educational resources for noncommercial use to nonprofits including curricula for youth ages 6 to 20, career resources, training materials for teachers and nonprofits, and materials to build project management skills for life.
PMIEF continues to seek opportunities and partnerships to leverage project management for social good, so if you work with nonprofits or schools, please share this blog post to help them get in contact with resources that the PMI Educational Foundation has to offer.
How can you help?
You can make a donation directly on the foundations website to help them continue to offer their programs free of charge.
If you are interested in learning more about the PMIEF scholarships, you can visit the scholarship page of their website. Many of the deadlines for application are June 1, so there is still time to apply.
To learn more about the programs that are available through the PMI Educational Foundation, please visit their website, pmief.org. You can also sign up for their e-mail newsletter and view their most recent edition here.