Frayda Bluestein Scholarship Application

Frayda Bluestein joined the Institute of Government in 1991. Prior to that, she worked for four years in a private law practice, focusing primarily on municipal and land use law. She also worked for one year in the Legislative Drafting Division of the North Carolina General Assembly. She is the author of A Legal Guide to Purchasing and Contracting for North Carolina Local Governments. In 2004, Bluestein was awarded the School of Government's two-year professorship for teaching excellence; in 2006, she was named associate dean for programs. Bluestein earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California at Davis.

NCAGP's Frayda Bluestein Scholarship Award is offered for courses and programs leading to an academic degree granted by an accredited community college, junior college, college or university (including for on-line degree programs). The degree must be related to purchasing/procurement, materials management, inventory control, specification development, contract administration or contracts negotiations.

The award, a maximum of $2,000, may be applied to the costs of tuition, registration, or the acquisition of materials related to the proposed activity. Costs met by other sources or incurred prior to the period of award are ineligible.


  • Current regular member of NCAGP in good standing for the prior twelve months.
  • Employed in a position meeting membership requirements.
  • A minimum of two years experience in the purchasing field.
  • An acceptable most recent performance evaluation from your employer.
  • Have earned at least 2 certification points in the past twelve months.


  • Commitment to and ability in the field of purchasing.
  • Commitment to continue in the field of purchasing.
  • Relevance and appropriateness of the proposed educational activity.
  • Content and interest shown in 500 word essay explaining desire for further education.


Applicants must submit the following documents and information;

  • The scholarship application form.
  • Recommendation from the applicant's division or department head which includes comments about applicant's performance and dedication to the purchasing career field.
  • Recommendation from an official outside applicant's department.
  • Essay described above.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the recommendations and letter are forwarded to the specified address in the application. All documents must be received no later than the closing date and all documents become the property of NCAGP.

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Applications must be received on or before December 31st of each year. Awards shall be considered by the NCAGP Board of Directors at the following Spring Conference and Vendor Show. For scholarships approved by the Board, the period of award during which scholarship funds may be expended for eligible costs shall be 12 months from the date of Board action approving the award. Applicants may apply for and be awarded one scholarship per application cycle.


The NCAGP Scholarship Committee, comprised of the Professional Development Chairman and the Certified at-large NCAGP members, will review all applications and select the recipient(s). The committee will present recommendation to the NCAGP Board of Directors for consideration. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.


The NCAGP Board Treasurer will make award payment directly to the institution. Awards may be made as a lump sum, semi-annually or quarterly depending on the dates required in the applicant's budget.

At the end of the award period, each recipient must furnish proof of satisfactory completion/attendance in the approved educational activity. Also required at the end of the award period, each recipient must furnish a written statement describing the benefits of the education activity and the scholarship award. Recipients shall forward this information to the Professional Development Chairman of NCAGP.


Applicants are not limited to a single award. All applicants are encouraged to submit individual applications for each additional year of educational activity. All requirements of the preceding award period must be met prior to the approval of additional requirements. This includes verification of continued attendance in the approved educational activity and submission of the written statement of benefit.

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