NDSC Education Grants

The National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) awarded five (5) NDSC Education Grants (formerly Kramer/NDSC Educational Grants) for the 2019 National Docent Symposium in Washington, DC.  These grants were awarded to Teresa van Groll of the Textile Museum, Toronto, Canada, Molly Mullin of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina,  Berlanti “Lola” Rizkallah of California’s Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, Susan Fraelich of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Sandra Mowatt of the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. Read their personal statements here.

In selecting grant recipients, the Council seeks to reach traditionally underserved communities including museums reaching out to indigenous and immigrant communities and those focused on accessibility for all,  in order to broaden the number of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions that will send docents/guides to future symposia and to promote symposium attendance by docents/guides who might not otherwise be able to attend. Offering these educational grants, which cover the symposium registration fee, demonstrates commitment to the NDSC mission to growth of education in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction between U.S. and Canadian volunteer docents/guides.


An applicant is eligible for a grant if meeting the following requirements:
• Must be a volunteer docent/guide who is registering for the full symposium.
• Must be attending a National Docent Symposium for the first time.
• Must not be a paid docent/guide or staff member.
• Must not be receiving funding from his/her institution, docent organization, or other granting organization in order to attend the symposium.

The NDSC grant application for the 2022 Kansas City Symposium is now available.  
October 1, 2021 - Submission opens for grant application online
December 31, 2021 - All grant applications due
January 24, 2022 – Notification of Grant Winners


Historically the Kramer family funded the NDSC Education Grants privately, until the passing of Mrs. Kramer in 2016.  The NDSC Education Grants are now solely funded by the NDSC as a means of honoring those who have served the mission of the NDSC or to honor or acknowledge the service of a docent/guide at your museum.  We have in the past honored the late Sybil Williamson from the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, who served as NDS Council President.  Another former Council President, Anne Stellmon of the Denver Art Museum was also honored with a past grant.

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In the future, we hope to be able to continue to support grants, including one to honor our past president, Mina Shea, DC volunteer, Diane Ponasik and all the DC committee of our 2019 Symposium.   In order to sustain this grant program, we are asking for your support. Additional funding is welcomed through your direct contributions to the NDSC Education Grants Fund. The NDSC is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Your donation is fully tax-deductible. Contact us if you have any questions regarding your gift at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  With donor’s approval, we will recognize all major donations.

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