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The 2024/25 EDCO Scholarship Application period is now Closed. 

The EDCO Scholarship Fund was established by  the EDCO Professional Development Committee.  The purpose of the fund is to encourage and assist members, especially those new to the profession, in achieving or maintaining one’s professional designation (Ec.D. or CEcD).

The program funds $4,000 of professional development annually.  Funds are dispersed as follows*:

  • ·         $1,000 scholarships to Northern Ontario recipients
  • ·         $1,000 scholarships to Southern Ontario recipients
  • ·         $1,000 to an emerging professional recipient
  • ·         $1,000 to an organization for DEI training

*An emerging professional is defined as someone who has been in the economic development profession for less than five years.

*The EDCO Scholarship Committee has the discretion to distribute funds differently based on program intake each year.

The committee will review and select the winning applications.  The information provided in the application will determine the need for professional development and the ability to pursue professional development opportunities that contribute to the Ec.D. or CEcD certifications.


Applicants must be a member of EDCO in good standing, with a commitment to maintaining a membership in future years. Students may apply provided they apply for an Emerging Professional Membership and the membership is paid by the time applications are due. Each individual is only eligible to receive one scholarship from this program for their lifetime.

Current EDCO Board of Directors and those evaluating applications are not eligible for the scholarship.

View the Scholarship Guidelines for eligibility criteria.

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