Bree Anne Sutherland Scholarship

 Association Forum Foundation is proud to announce that Cody Czmyr, is the recipient of the inaugural Bree Anne Sutherland Scholarship! Cody, a Senior Membership Specialist at The Executives' Club of Chicago, was selected from an impressive group of qualified applicants. As the Bree Anne Sutherland Scholar, Cody will be paired with a mentor from the association industry: Dave Bergeson, Ph.D, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, Association Management Center. Dave is the immediate past-chair of Association Forum Board of Directors.



The scholarship will grant a young professional (30 years of age or less) unlimited access to Association Forum's education offerings for one year. At the conclusion of the "field" study, the scholar will be responsible for detailing his or her learning experience. The scholarship includes education fees and travel expenses. 

The scholar must be local to the Chicago association community and will be selected annually by the Association Forum Foundation president & CEO and staff. Applicants must be active and engaged Association Forum members with a commitment to advancing the professional practice of association management. 

The scholarship is effective April 1 through March 31 (Association Forum’s fiscal year).

We are now accepting applications for the scholarship. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 23 by 11:59 p.m. CST. Should you have any questions, please email


Association Forum mourns the loss of Bree Anne Sutherland, Association Forum’s former director of learning, in December 2016. Bree touched many lives known and unknown. To honor her legacy, on January 25, 2017, the Association Forum Foundation Board of Directors approved The Bree Anne Sutherland Scholarship.