You did it! Your generosity has brought us to over $2,000,000 in gifts and pledges. The Dunnette Fund is approaching its goal of $500,000, and the Advancement Fund from which we make small grants and support school initiatives and other miscellaneous activities is over $585,000.
Since 1998, we have made awards, research grants, educational grants, and scholarships in excess of $190,000. This year alone, we will provide awards amounting to $52,500. The Douglas Bray- Ann Howard Award supporting research on assessment centers and management development will provide $10,000, as will the Leslie W. Joyce and Paul W. Thayer Graduate Fellowship, which supports a graduate student interested in an applied career. Three additional scholarships will be awarded totaling $9,500. And, of course, the Flanagan, Myers, and Owens Awards will be made again.
The Raymond A. Katzell Award has been restructured to recognize a SIOP member who has effectively demonstrated to the general public the importance of I-O psychology work addressing social issues, i.e., “research that makes a difference for people.” The call for nominations as well as award criteria can be found in the October TIP. If you know a good candidate for any award, make sure you nominate that member.
Let me conclude with a special plea to contribute to the Scholarship Fund. You will recall that the Scholarship Fund provides awards to doctoral students to get them over that last hump, the dissertation. Having a subsidy of $3,000 or more makes it possible for a student to devote him or herself full time to that final effort, finish the Ph.D., and become a contributing member of our profession. Unfortunately, the Fund is “under water,” meaning there are insufficient funds to generate enough money for the awards. To put the Scholarship Fund on sound footing, we need to double the current endowment.
The Foundation Board is deeply grateful to those of you who have contributed to the Scholarship Fund in the past and ask you to continue your generous support. Those who have never contributed to the Scholarship Fund but can recall those last desperate days in grad school are asked to give too – as much as you can, as we have a long way to go.
Thanks for all you’ve done for the Foundation thus far. Please give generously this year, so we can do more to promote I-O psychology.
Paul W. Thayer
SIOP Foundation President