Since establishing its scholarship endowment in 1999, the Chapter has awarded $90,000 worth of scholarships to 26 deserving students. Zahra Khaku, a Temple University student studying Facility Management, won the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of IFMA Scholarship in 2014.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being the 2014 IFMA Philadelphia Scholarship recipient was the opportunity to attend World Workplace. This experience allowed me to expand my network across borders and overseas, creating a wide range of future opportunities I did not think were possible. The scholarship eased the financial strain of higher education and allowed me to focus on gaining a wealth of FM knowledge.” – Zahra Khaku
Philly Chapter members have devoted years to Facility Management education in Philadelphia. If you have attended any recent chapter programs then you must have noticed the influx of students attending our events. These students are our emerging leaders and like Zahra, need our help.
We are launching a new chapter initiative to raise the funds to provide students who are studying Facility Management in the Philadelphia region the opportunity to continue to have access to scholarships. A scholarship through the IFMA Foundation provides funds for their education and provides them with the opportunity to attend World Workplace conferences and gain amazing access and connections into our industry.
How you can help
This spring we will be holding an online auction to raise money for the scholarship fund. The beauty of the online auction is that you can still participate at any time as well as encourage friends and family to join in on the great deals.
We are now looking for donated items for our auction – they can be anything but some examples would be: sports team or theater tickets, sports memorabilia, gift cards to restaurants or popular shopping spots, hotel stays, beach houses, industry products or services that someone could utilize personally (e.g. a chair, desk or carpet tiles, window cleaning, consulting, landscaping).
We are open to all ideas!!
If you don’t think you have anything physical to donate, a cash donation would be gratefully accepted too, $20 or $25 donation goes a long way toward helping us reach our goal! Checks should be made payable to the “IFMA Foundation” with a notation in the memo section “Philly Chapter Scholarships.”
We are looking to receive all donations by March 30, 2015 and are grateful for whatever you can provide. Donation receipts will be provided for all cash, goods and services provided. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have.
What is the IFMA Foundation?
If you are not familiar with the IFMA Foundation here is a brief summary. The IFMA Foundation was established in 1990 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, and a separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The Foundation works for the public good to promote research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. For more information please visit here.
We thank you again very much for your time, support and kindness. By contributing to the IFMA Philadelphia Scholarship Foundation, you are directly building our future leaders.