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NDU Foundation Special Awards & Grants

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The NDU Foundation is proud to present special awards and grants to our members each year, for the continued development of their professional skills and knowledge. The amount of the grants awarded will depend on investment fund earnings.

The Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award has a rolling application process and may be submitted at any time. The 2021 NDU Workplace Innovation Grant’s application window is March 1 – May 1, 2021.

1.      Upon his retirement as NDEA Executive Director, Joseph A. Westby established the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award in recognition of Westby’s 45 years of leadership in education, including 32 years within the Association. Westby recognized the need to encourage members and staff to pursue leadership training.  Upon his retirement, friends and colleagues in North Dakota and across the country provided the initial funds for the award.  Westby himself, made a number of contributions, to the principal of the fund.  Upon his death in January 2015, the family dedicated memorials to continue to build the principal of the fund.  As Westby stated, the continued success of the Association is dependent up developing its future leaders at the local level and amongst the staff.


2.       NDU Workplace Innovation Grant: Available for an individual member or a group of members to implement service delivery innovation to improve public education or public service in North Dakota.

NDU Foundation Special Awards and Grants Application

  • Include description, goal, and public relations plan for the grant.
  • Detail proposed expenses such as equipment, printing, travel, tuition, fees, etc. Indicate any other sources of funding.