Chapter Scholarships

Throughout the year, SMPS Oregon offers several scholarships to chapter members as a way to give back to our membership. These are the following scholarships available for the 2018/19 year:

The Lynn Parsons Educational Scholarship

Lynn Parsons, center, with her dog Manny

Lynn Parsons, center, with her dog Manny

To fulfill our organization’s vision to transform business through marketing leadership, the SMPS Oregon Board of Directors created the Lynn Parsons Educational Scholarship to provide current chapter members with the opportunity to pursue ongoing professional development. The scholarship is named in remembrance of the late Lynn Parsons, who was a beloved ambassador of our marketing community.

Winners are chosen based on their commitment to their career as an A/E/C marketer through professional development activities, participation in the SMPS Oregon Chapter, and the contributions they have made to their firm in their current position. All SMPS Oregon members are eligible. To apply, please fill out the entire scholarship application (Sections 1 and 2) and send the completed applications digitally to SMPS Oregon Industry Outreach Director Kate Kearney at If the application is not complete, the applicant is not eligible.

Winter Term applications must be received by November 1 and Spring Term applications by March 1.

The SMPS Oregon Board of Directors reserves the right to reallocate the scholarship if at least three applications are not received. If you win this scholarship, you are ineligible to win any other SMPS Oregon scholarships for two full years from this scholarships due dates.

Download the application form here.

Leora Casey CPSM Scholarship

The Leora Casey Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a long-standing member of the Oregon SMPS Chapter. Leora Casey was a significant part of the Oregon chapter and participated in many programs and processes that helped shape the chapter. She had a passion for the A/E/C industry and the pursuit of consistently improving fellow marketer’s roles within their firms, she was a force to be reckoned with. It is with great sadness that Leora passed away in November of 2014, a huge loss for our chapter.

Part of Leora’s endeavors was championing the CPSM certification program within SMPS and mentoring other marketers. She co-chaired the CPSM study program for many years and helped raise the bar for standards among the program. To honor Leora’s dedication to SMPS Oregon and the CPSM program, the chapter has introduced the Leora Casey CPSM Scholarship. The SMPS Oregon Chapter will reimburse the CPSM exam fee ($275) for members. To be eligible for the scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Current SMPS Oregon Member
  • Participated in the SMPS OR Bootcamp
  • Proof of passing the CPSM exam (Letter from SMPS HQ)

Contact  Kelly Johnson if you have any questions or to apply for the scholarship.

Note: SMPS Oregon will reimburse members up to 6 months after passing the exam.

PRC Scholarship: $1,500

SMPS Oregon offers scholarships for members to attend the Pacific Regional Conference. Eligible expenses for this $1,500 scholarship include conference registration, travel and/or hotel costs. In order to be eligible, you must be a current SMPS Member and must not have won this scholarship in the last three years (but previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to try again!)
Deadline for 2020: June 2019