NAI Member Scholarship Opportunities

Please note that all scholarship opportunities listed below do require current NAI membership to apply.

National Conference Scholarships and Grants

NAI Community Scholarships

NAI communities often offer scholarships to the National Conference. We will post those opportunities here as they become available.

Northeast Region - Apply for the Northeast Region scholarship here
Apply for a $150 scholarship to the National Conference!

This year's conference is the closest to our region that it has been in years! If you are interested in attending the National Conference, and would be interested in applying for a scholarship to help offset the costs please fill out the form below. All applications are due by August 21st.

Eligible for the in-person option, or the virtual!

Anyone that is selected for the scholarship is agreeing to share something about their experience with Northeast Region members, either through a newsletter article, video, or by leading one of our monthly chats.

Sunny Southeast Region - Application Closed 
You could win a $1000 Scholarship to Attend NAI 2022 in Cleveland!

It's officially the encore! The Sunny Southeast is excited to Rock it Out in Cleveland, and we want you to be there too, so there is one (1) $1000 scholarship available for the National Conference in Cleveland this year. As usual, you must be a member of the National Association for Interpretation with Sunny Southeast membership. The scholarship application is due to Jessica Goodrich - - by June 19, 2022. It's going to be the biggest show of the year!

Great Lakes Region - Application Closed
We want to help get as many Region 4 folks out for an NAI National Conference we won't forget, so we're giving away five $750 scholarships to support your attendance.

Scholarship recipients must be current individual members of both NAI and Great Lakes Region 4, and live or work within Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, or Ontario.

Applications are due June 30th, and any questions can be directed to our Scholarships and Grants co-chairs Marie Laudeman and Hannah Teshka at

Nature Center Directors and Administrator Section - Application Closed
NCDA Section members can apply for a grant that can be used to cover costs to attend the Interpreter's Road Show. In 2022, one grant of $800 will be awarded. Recipients will be chosen based on involvement in NAI and the interpretive field. Applicants must be individual NAI members and a member of the NCDA Section Recipients are automatically registered for the Road Show. NCDA will pay the Road Show fee and the remaining amount will be sent to the recipient for use to cover other meals during the pre-Conference. Recipients will be asked to participate in NCDA activities, such as article writing, gathering management tips, board elections, or grant grading, for up to a year after they receive the grant.

Deadline to apply is July 15!
Chesapeake Region - Download scholarship application
We are offering eight (8) scholarships for the NAI National Conference in Cleveland. Four to attend virtually and four to attend in person.

In person scholarships will include the early bird cost for Conference Registration and an additional $250 to cover things like Pre-workshops, banquet, travel, food or lodging.

Application is due August 2, 2022.


Four Corners Region - Apply here for a Four Corners Scholarship 
Members of the Four Corners Region are invited to apply for scholarship funds to cover their registration fee and support their attendance at the 2022 NAI National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, November 29–December 3.

Our scholarship recipient will be chosen based on financial need, past/present involvement in the field of interpretation (which includes educational paths leading toward a future career), and the extent to which an individual is likely to benefit from attending.
Applicants must currently be a member of NAI and the Four Corners Region (Region 7). Recipient will be requested to provide an article about their conference experience for the regional newsletter.

Complete applications are DUE by July 31, 2022.

Questions or need a PDF form? Email Scholarship Chair June Walters.
Zoos, Wildlife Parks, and Aquariums Section - Apply for the ZWPA scholarship here
ZWPA is thrilled to announce our 2022 National Conference scholarship opportunities. We are pleased to offer one $550.00 award for in-person attendance and two $149.00 virtual opportunities.

You must be a current NAI AND ZWPA member to apply for these. If you have any questions, email our Scholarship Chair Jamie Zite-Stumbris for more information.



Student Scholarships

The National Association for Interpretation scholarship program is for college students who are studying natural, historical, and cultural interpretation or a closely related field with career aspirations in the field of interpretation. The goal of the scholarship program is to recognize students who have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of interpretation. Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, and may include conference registration, travel, lodging, and per diem.

The College and University Academic Section has been the coordinator for this national project for nearly 15 years and is proud to be its supporter.

Student scholarship applications are generally due around April 15 each year.

Professional Grants

NAI has a program to provide grant assistance to professional interpreters to help offset the costs of professional development through NAI. Limited funds are available as part of NAI’s overall scholarship program, and can apply to attendance at the national conference. 

Professional Grant applications generally open at the same time as registration and open for one month.

Deadline for applying was July 15, 2022.

Certification and Training Scholarships

National Scholarships

NAI also offers scholarships to offset costs for individuals who wish to certify at any level, attend a training workshop (such as Process of Interpretive Planning) and/or webinars. Applicants must be a member of NAI and a submitted application is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact our Certification and Training Program Manager at and/or download the form here.

NAI Community Scholarships

NAI’s membership is divided into communities based on location (regions) or special interest (sections). Several regions and sections offer scholarships for individuals in their area to help cover the cost of a workshop (typically a CIG course).

Community Workshop Scholarships

Check back later for more opportunities.

NAI 2022 Host Hotel & Venue

Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave E (map)
Cleveland, OH 44114