Pottsie Scholarship

John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarship

Each year the AIPE/American Academy Foundation awards two John C. Potts Leadership Development Scholarships (affectionately called “Pottsie”) to attend Year One of the NRPA Directors School.  Started in 2010, these scholarships honor former AAPRA Executive Director John Potts and are made possible through the generous donations of Academy members and friends.

These scholarships cover the tuition and lodging as well as up to $500 in travel expenses for each of the two first-year students at the 2021 NRPA Directors School, which will be held at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brooks, Illinois on August 15-21. The Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential agency directors for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.  Information on the school may be found on the NRPA website.

The Foundation gives strong consideration to candidates from agencies that lack the financial resources to apply to the Directors School (Year One).  However, the agency must commit to financially supporting their scholarship winner to attend Year Two of the Directors School.

Two scholarships are awarded annually.