The Mary Louise Kelley Professional Development Award supports the commitment of CLAS staff to job-related continuing education, training, and professional activity. Staff members in the College may apply for this award to help defray the costs of coursework, workshops, training opportunities on or off campus, or attendance at regional, national, or international meetings.

Eligibility and criteria

  • All permanent full-time and part time (50% or more) Professional & Scientific and Merit staff members employed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.
  • A maximum of $500 will be awarded to any single application. 
  • Applications are evaluated based on the objectives of the award and the appropriateness of the proposed budget. 
  • For full eligibility criteria and reimbursement information please refer to the application form.

Selection process

  • This award process is conducted annually. The application form and required attachments must be received no later than the application deadline listed above.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by members of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Staff Council Recognition Committee.  
  • Questions can be emailed to CLAS Staff Council at

Applications due

Friday, Nov. 10, 2023