Scholarship Information  

Annual Nonprofit Leader 100% Graduate Certificate Tuition Awards

The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and Lipscomb’s Institute for Conflict Management (ICM) award two scholarships for CNM members each year.  

Deadline for Application:  December 1, 2013

The certificate in conflict management is a 15-hour graduate program (five classes, worth approximately $16,000) that can be applied toward a master’s degree or earned on its own, and can be completed in as little as six months.

  • 8 individuals from Middle Tennessee's nonprofit sector have been awarded scholarship since inception of the program, a value of more than $200,000 in graduate education given to the nonprofit and social services community
  • 4 of these have moved into more advanced positions after the course of study (two of these as CEOs)
  • All scholarship recipients have stayed employed in the nonprofit sector, whether they advanced or stayed at their original place of employment 
  • These individuals are leaders in services to homeless, child court advocacy, health care, foster care, domestic violence and youth programs
ICM and CNM will partner again this fall to offer two certificate scholarships for which CNM members will apply and compete. Winners will be announced December 15 and can begin study in January 2014. 

“This partnership with the CNM allows us to advance conflict management skills within a job market where such skills are critically needed – the nonprofit sector,” said Steve Joiner, managing director for the ICM. “Every day workers in nonprofit organizations deal with people in distress and under great pressure. A working knowledge of conflict management techniques can only help further the goal of local charities and service organizations even more effectively.”

“We are grateful to the institute and to Lipscomb University for making these opportunities available. Nonprofit leaders spend much of their time dealing with conflict; this post-graduate training is enabling a cadre of our leaders to be proficient in overcoming conflict as they provide their community services,”  said CNM President Lewis Lavine.

All applicants must apply online with the Lipscomb University Graduate Studies office (click here for online application page), as well as complete an admissions checklist  specific to ICM (click here to see additional admission requirements), and provide information specific to the purpose of this award.   

All members of the Center for Nonprofit Management are welcome to compete for this annual award - the hardest thing to do is get started!   Please contact Beth Morrow with questions about the process at 615-966-2502 or