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Chris Walker Education Fund Accepting Grant Requests and Announces Availability of $16K in Grants to Support Education Initiatives

Posted 11/17/2020
November 17, 2020 – The Chris Walker Education Fund Board of Trustees is continuing its annual mission in honoring late National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) Member and Member of NEFA’s Board of Directors, Chris Walker. The Chris Walker Education Fund focuses on an issue near and dear to Chris’s heart – education and the idea of a “lifetime of learning.” The Board is now actively raising funds and accepting grant requests to honor Chris’s great service to the industry until the application deadline of February 15, 2021. The fund will award a total of $16,000 in grants to be distributed by the end of February 2021. The grant application process is available to individuals as well as associations, foundations, and institutions. Individual grants may be requested up to $1,500, or an amount equal to the cost of qualified industry-related education.

Funds available through the Chris Walker Education Fund may be used for any project or need that provides industry education opportunities for leasing professionals. This includes grants for industry-related education, certifications (such as the Certified Lease and Finance Professionals (CLFP) designation), educational initiatives of the NEFA, or other educational initiatives related to the equipment finance industry. Through its founding in 2011, the Chris Walker Education Fund has now funded nearly $82,000 in educational grants. All grant requests must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.nefassociation.org/page/FundRequestForm  

About the fund
Education was always important to Chris Walker, as a NEFA Member and Member of NEFA's Board of Directors. When Chris passed away in 2011, many NEFA Members and other industry professionals wanted some way they could make a donation to honor Chris and continue his great service to this industry. This resulted in the creation within NEFA of the Chris Walker Education Fund. The Board of Trustees is industry leaders who donate their time and talents to promote the mission of the Chris Walker Education Fund. For more information on the Chris Walker Education Fund, visit https://www.nefassociation.org/page/Chris_Walker_Education_Fund.
 
Committee Members:

Laura Carini, CLFP
Financial Pacific Leasing
laurac@finpac.com
    
Blair Dawson
NEFA
bdawson@nefassociation.org
    
Stephanie Hall, CLFP
BankFinancial Equipment Finance
shall@bankfinancial.com

Randy Haug
LTi Technology Solutions
rhaug@ltisolutions.com
    
Kim King, CLFP
Navitas Credit Corp
kking@navitascredit.com

Chris Lerma, CLFP
AP Equipment Financing
clearma@apfinancing.com

Kayla Perlinger, CLFP
Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
kperlinger@oakmontfinance.com
    
Guy Selinka, CLFP
Streamline Financial Services
guy@streamlinefin.com


Author
Diana Henry
Organization
LTi Technology Solutions
Phone Number
(402) 493.3445

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