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. The grants covered the symposium registration fee for the recipients.

Historically the NDSC Education Grants have been funded privately, most notably by the Kramer family who have, until the recent passing of Mrs. Kramer, provided the funds for the educational grants. The NDSC Education Grants are now solely funded by the NDSC as a means of honoring those who have served the altruistic mission of the NDSC or to honor or acknowledge the service of a docent/guide at your museum. Most recently we have honored the late Sybil Williamson, who served as a docent at Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire and served our organization as Council President.  One of the grants also honors Anne Stellmon, our current Past President.  Read more about those honored with the 2019 NDSC Education Grants.

In order to sustain the 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.

In selecting grant recipients, the Council promotes symposium attendance by docents/guides who might not otherwise be able to attend, and seeks to broaden the number of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions that will send docents/guides to future symposia. Offering these educational grants demonstrates commitment by the NDSC to docent education and growth and serves to further the NDSC mission to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among 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 will solicit applications for the 2021 Symposium in early 2021.    

Read the account of an Education Grant Recipient who attended the 2017 Montreal Symposium.