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The Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA), state associations, industry partners, private donors, and annual auction proceeds, provides financial assistance to those studying and/or working in the MPMA’s 10-state region, so that they may attend the annual conference. The scholarship committee seeks candidates who will benefit from attendance at the 2021 conference but may not have the necessary financial means to attend.

2021 Scholarship Guidelines 

Scholarship Application Deadline: June 23, 2021

Electronic submissions only

Scholarships to Attend the 2021 Conference

The 2021 MPMA conference will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota October 5-8, 2021

Important Dates: 

March 19, 2021 Application process opens

June 23, 2021 Application process closes


Just ask Patti at

MPMA Scholarship Chair Patti Wood Finkle, Director of Museums, Tate Geological Museum, Werner Wildlife Museum, Casper College, Casper, WY (MPMA Scholarship Recipient 2008)


* Emerging Professional: An individual with less than 5years in the museum profession
* Mid-career Professional: An individual who has worked 5-20 years in the museum profession
* Student: A graduate student (or an undergraduate of exceptional quality and initiative) currently enrolled in an Art, Art History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, History, or equivalent program.

All Scholarships include a $400 cash award, basic conference registration, and a complimentary one-year basic or student MPMA membership. 

The following scholarships are available

  • 6 MPMA General Scholarships
  • 1 Art Wolf Memorial Student Scholarship
  • 3 Dakin Scholarships (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
  • 2 RC-MPMA/ANR Transport Scholarship (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
  • 1 RC-MPMA/SHIP ART-TERRY DOWD LLC Scholarship (additional requirements apply; see guidelines for eligibility)
Individuals who have received a scholarship in the past are not eligible to apply for a scholarship in the previously awarded category

Interested in Applying?

Read the guidelines thoroughly, follow all instructions, and fill out the Online Application

2021 Scholarship Guidelines 

We thank our Scholarship Partners: MPMA, ANR Transport, RC-MPMA, & the Volver Trust.

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