Grant Application
  1. The mission of the National Docent Symposium Council is to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docents/guides. This is accomplished through biennial symposia, sales of The Docent Handbook and with our interactive website

    (To attend the 2019 National Docent Symposium Washington, D.C.)

    • Applications must be received by January 25, 2019.
    • Applicants must be volunteer docents/guides, and must register for the full symposium.
    • Applicant must be attending a National Docent Symposium for the first time.
    • The Education Grant application is online only; a copy may be printed for the applicant’s personal records.
    • The $480 grant covers the cost of registration for the symposium.
    • Museum staff are not eligible for this grant.
    • If there are questions or concerns, please contact the NDSC Education Grants Chair Linda Oidtmann via email at
    • All applicants will receive notification of the final outcome via e-mail no later than February 20, 2019
    • Applicants are requested to add Linda Oidtmann, e-mail: to their personal contact lists to facilitate a timely notification process and minimize the risk of notification e-mails being misdirected.

    All fields are required to be filled:

  2. Full Name
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  3. E-mail
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  4. Cell Phone
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  5. Home Address
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  6. Museum Name
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  7. Museum Phone
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  8. Museum Address
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  9. Type of Museum
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  10. Number of Docents / Guides
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  11. How long have you been a docent/guide at this museum?
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  12. Name/Title of Museum Staff Member we may contact as a reference
  13. Email Address / Phone Number for Museum Staff Contact
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  14. Has anyone from your museum previously attended an NDSC symposium?
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  15. Have you previously attended a National Docent Symposium?
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  16. Will your museum provide financial assistance for docents/guides to attend this symposium?
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  17. If not, is financial assistance necessary for you to attend this symposium?
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  18. Please write a brief statement explaining your interest in attending this symposium, and mention any special talents or experiences that you can share with other docents/guides.
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  19. Please explain how you, your fellow docents/guides, and your museum will benefit from your attendance at this symposium.
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  20. Certification:
    I am a volunteer docent/guide applying for a NDSC Education Grant in order to attend 2019 NDS Washington DC, from October 24th through October 27th, 2019.

  21. Signature
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  22. Date
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  23. Completing the Application:
    Thank you for your interest in attending this symposium, and in the ongoing education of docents/guides everywhere. Your application has NOT been completed until you hit the submit link below. Please Note: Your completed application will automatically be sent via e-mail to the NDSC Education Grants Chair, from whom you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

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