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Bid High...Bid Often

Bid high, bid often is a familiar refrain at any NFPW conference.

It's the unofficial slogan of the NFPW Education Fund, which provides education opportunities for NFPW members and students to broaden their knowledge and skills.

One of the biggest funders is the annual silent auction in which members donate items on which other members bid. Favorite items include books signed by authors and T-shirts and memorabilia from affiliate states.

This year close to $3,000 was raised. The funds provide two types of grants. One helps to underwrite the costs of NPFW members' fees to sharpen their professional skills. The other awards grants to members attending an NFPW conference for the first time. In Salt Lake City, eleven members received first-timer grants.

"The NFPW Conference was beyond my expectations," said Gayle Donaldson of Kansas. "I met such a wide range of people with so many stories to tell. And best of all, I came back with new ideas — from how to present myself in job interviews to different ways to engage social media users. I hope I can go to South Carolina next year and do it all over again."

"As a new member of the NFPW and a first time attendee of this year's conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was not sure what to expect," said Thomas William Tear of Delaware. "I was concerned that being a newcomer to the world of writing and being a man in an organization of 'press women' I would feel out of place.

"My fears were totally ungrounded. I have never felt more welcome at any conference that I have attended. The workshops were fantastic. The networking opportunities were unsurpassed. I came away with many new friends and resources."

"My appreciation for the NFPW Education Fund is indescribable," said Becca Solomon of Pennsylvania. "I am always on a tight budget so it's nice to have financial support available. Having experienced the Salt Lake City conference, I am positively excited to attend future conferences! I encourage new members to look into the education fund. I hope your first time experience will be as rewarding and inspiring as mine."

The Ed Fund Board also awarded a $650 professional grant to Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas of Illinois, who is working on a history of IWPA. The funds will cover a portion of the publication costs of the anthology.

The Education Fund also sponsors the annual high school contest and awards cash prizes to the first-place award winners at the national level. Here is a list of this year's first-timer grant awardees (2013): Carol Anderson, Mike Bullard, Gayle Donaldson, Cassi Lapp, Shannon Palus, LaVon Reed, Rebecca Sarwate, Rebecca Solomon, Thomas Tear, Deb Umberger and Ann Marie Van den Hurk.