Funding Opportunities 


Lowcountry SEMC2019 Scholarship

The Southeastern Museums Conference-SEMC is pleased to announce the availability of ten scholarships, grant funded by the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, for South Carolina Lowcountry museum professionals to attend SEMC2019. The scholarship award covers conference registration ($300) and travel expenses ($200).

Those eligible for the SC Lowcountry Scholarship are full-time or part-time staff members who work at small museums in South Carolina Lowcountry(Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, Horry Counties). Open to staff from Lowcountry organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less. Applications will be considered on first submitted and first served basis for ten total scholarships.

Link to scholarship application here:

Questions? Contact Zinnia Willits at


Jekyll Island Management Institute Scholarship

SCFM is proud to announce the creation of the annual SCFM Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) Scholarship, to support one SCFM member in attending this professional training program offered through the Southeastern Museums Conference. SCFM will award $750 to cover the SEMC member level of JIMI tuition, and an additional $450 for travel and lodging while at the program.

To apply for the scholarship, send a letter explaining how attending JIMI will benefit you and your institution to with the subject line "JIMI Scholarship." Please also forward copies of your complete JIMI application materials with your letter, and include your SCFM member number. The SCFM-JIMI scholarship cannot be combined with other JIMI scholarships or fellowships. Scholarship recipients may be asked to review future scholarship applications. 

Check back for information on applications for the Jekyll Island Management Institute which would be due sometime in January 2020. For information on this prestigious program and application process, please click here

Deadline for scholarship application is the same as the JIMI application deadline. 


Christopher T. Loeblein Annual Scholarship

The South Carolina Federation of Museums offers scholarships to attend its annual conference. The conference presents opportunities for increased networking and professional development in South Carolina. 

2019 Christopher T. Loeblein Scholarship Form 


George D. Terry Professional Development Fellowship

SCFM offers the George D. Terry Professional Development Fellowship annually to its members. This fellowship will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given to support professional development in the museum field.

At the beginning of each calendar year, the SCFM Executive Committee will designate a sum of money to support members who would like to attend workshops, talks or classes that they would otherwise be unable to attend because of lack of funding. The idea is to support the smaller scale educational opportunities rather than major conferences or travel.

People interested in taking advantage of this opportunity must send the following information to the SCFM Past President:

  • A copy of the flyer, brochure, or announcement for the event that you would like to attend.
  • A letter explaining how this professional development opportunity would benefit you and your institution.
  • A letter from your supervisor indicating his/her support of your attendance.
  • An outline of the funds necessary to make your attendance possible.

The awards committee will consider each application and reply in a timely manner. Requests should be under $100. Fellowships will be available until the yearly allocation is dispersed. Only one fellowship will be awarded per year to any given institution or person.

Each person awarded a fellowship will be asked to share his/her experience with the membership through a brief report that will be printed in a future issue of Good Muse.


About George D. Terry

Dr. Terry held BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of South Carolina. He served as the first Curator of History and then Director of the University's McKissick Museum from 1976 -1988 and was a Vice President for Administration at USC as well as head of the museum from 1988 to 1991. Upon becoming Dean of University Libraries he managed the Division of Libraries and Collections bringing together the libraries, Museum and Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology with a focus on collections and public service.

A dedicated believer in the importance of collections to both museums and libraries, his tenure resulted in the dramatic growth of the Special Collections Department at Thomas Cooper Library, and McKissick Museum's folklife holdings. Dr. Terry shared his knowledge and passion for museums with the graduate students he taught in the Museum Management Program at USC.

A supporter of SCFM, he served in several capacities including President.

Please Send All Requests to
SCFM Past President:

Natalie Hefter, Vice President of Programs/Exhibits
Coastal Discovery Museum
P.O. Box 23497
Hilton Head Island, SC  29925
(843) 689-6767



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