Funding Professional Development
Bedichek-Orman Grants are designated to assist full-time and part-time faculty fund professional development endeavors such as membership in professional organizations, conference attendance, and workshop participation. Award recipients can be awarded up to $500.
By HCC, For HCC
Bedichek-Orman grants are awarded from the Bedichek-Orman Operating Fund. The Bedichek-Orman Operating Fund is an ongoing program of the HCC Faculty Association in partnership with the HCC Foundation. The Fund is truly unique in that faculty members and staff help raise funds for professional development by participating in an annual auction as donors, bidders, or both and/or by donating funds to the Bedichek-Orman Operating Fund during the Annual Faculty and Staff Campaign.
All part-time faculty and any full-time faculty, who have exhausted the $2,000 of professional development funding provided by HCC, are eligible to apply for a Bedichek-Orman Grant.
If you are awarded a grant and fail to accept the offer after fourteen business days of being notified, you will forfeit your award and will be ineligible to reapply during the same term.
Award recipients from the previous two years are ineligible.
Bedichek-Orman grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Requests for reimbursement must be submitted no later than 30 days after completion of the professional development endeavor. Recipients are encouraged to submit their reimbursement requests as soon as possible.
Policies and Procedures
Guidelines for Professional Development Grants
The requested activity must be shown to be of benefit to the professional life of the individual.
Benefit, either directly or indirectly, should also accrue to HCC. This could take the form of improving the individual’s ability to do his or her job in a more successful way, the development of teaching materials, and/or sharing what has been learned with colleagues.
Grant recipients must pay out of pocket initially and then request reimbursement. Requests for reimbursement should be made within 30 days of completion of the approved professional development. The procedure for submitting payment requests will be included in the notification email sent to successful applicants.
Grant recipients will also be required to participate in the Bedichek-Orman Auction the October following their professional development as a donor, a purchaser, and/or a work group volunteer.
Disbursement of Grant Funds
Applications must be thorough and complete; no funds shall be disbursed to anyone whose application is incomplete. Disbursement of funds shall be the responsibility of the HCC Foundation upon recommendation of the Bedichek-Orman Grant Chairperson.