The DRI Foundation Scholarship Award


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The 2024 DRI Foundation Scholarship will be open to applicants on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 9:00 am and closes at midnight PDT on May 24, 2024. The winners will be announced by June 28, 2024.

High School Seniors  – CLOSED

College Undergraduates – CLOSED

The DRI Foundation believes that educating our youth about the importance of disaster preparedness today is key to guaranteeing a more resilient community in the future. Made possible through donations from DRI and DRI Canada, the DRI Foundation Scholarship is the result of our commitment to education. In addition to providing information about academic performance and volunteer activities, scholarship applicants are asked to write an essay on a topic of interest to our profession.

In 2015, we awarded our first-ever DRI Foundation Scholarship. The following year we expanded to offer two scholarships. And in 2018 we again offer two scholarships — one for high school seniors and one for college undergrads in the U.S. and Canada. Scholarship applicants’ parent or legal guardian must be a DRI Certified Professional in good standing. Each scholarship is $5,000, and payment will be made in the form of a check awarded to the scholarship recipient.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant or the applicant’s parent or legal guardian must be a DRI International Certified Professional in good standing and the applicant must be enrolled in a 4-year undergraduate program. The applicant must reside within the United States or Canada. The applicant is not required to pursue a degree in business continuity or related fields.

Past Winners

2023 Winners
High School: Abby Jeffers, daughter of Matthew Jeffers, CBCP.  Read Abby’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Ayana De Silva, daughter of Roshni De Silva, ABCP.  Read Ayana’s essay.

2022 Winners
High School: Victor Plesco, son of Todd Plesco, CBCP. Read Victor’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Gentry Gardner, son of Bob Gardner, CBCP. Read Gentry’s essay.

2020 Winners
High School: 
Tomasina DeLong, daughter of Aaron DeLong, CBCP. Read Tomasina’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Tia Gordon, daughter of Thomas Gordon, CBCP. Read Tia’s essay.

2019 Winners
High School: Eddie Dixon, son of Ed Dixon, ABCP. Read Eddie’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Mariel Thompson, daughter of Tahiti Weaver, CBCP. Read Mariel’s essay.

2018 Winners
High School: Megan Niu, daughter of Bing Yuan, CBCP. Read Megan’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Julia Neuvirth, daughter of Jum Neuvirth, CBCP. Read Julia’s essay.

2017 Winners
High School:
RJ Wilson, son of  Richard Wilson, CBCV.  Read RJ’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Michael Tatum, son of  Michael Tatum Sr, CBCP. Read Michael’s essay.

2016 Winners
High School: Daniel Pelis, son of Paul Pelis, CBCP. Read Daniel’s essay.
College Undergraduate: Katia Hamamouche, daughter of Michelle Hamamouche, CBCP. Read Katia’s essay.

2015 Winner
High School: Tyler Newsom, son of David Newsom, MBCP. Read Tyler’s essay.