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Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship

Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Project Management Scholarship
Ana Alvarez-Holmberg

In memory of Ana Alvarez-Holmberg, a local leader in project management and corporate training, PMI Minnesota and the Twin Cities chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ATD-GTC) offer the Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarships.

About Ana Alvarez-Holmberg
Ana, as a project management and training champion and innovator, distinguished herself through her service to both PMI-MN and ATD-GTC. Her untimely passing in September, 2005 at age 46 was the catalyst for members of both professional associations to create a scholarship in her honor.


  • Candidates must be an adult learner aged 18-or-older with at least two years of work experience.
  • They must have been accepted and/or are currently enrolled in an accredited degree or certificate program in the following fields or closely-related fields: project management; human resources development; organizational development; adult education; or special education.
  • They must also either be a member in good standing of PMI or ATD-GTC, or be sponsored by a member in good standing of one of these two organizations. If the candidate is not a member of PMI-MN or ATD-GTC, they must be a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin.

​"Ana’s family in Peru and I appreciate the efforts of PMI and ATD-GTC to honor her with a scholarship. She was highly-dedicated to her professional life and continued learning, and this is a wonderful way to remember her"  - Loras Holmberg, Ana’s husband.
"Ama had a tremendous impact on PMI and ASTD through her kindness, honesty, and energy. She was a model of volunteerism through her committement to us; her faith, family and friends; and to the larger community at large." - Mike Wold, PMI Minnesota Scholarship Institute


Defined as persons who most closely exhibit Ana’s professional and personal attributes as described below.

1. Demonstrated commitment to community service:

  • Community involvement/nonprofit activities
  • Caring for people as demonstrated in community service
  • Advocate for the disabled

2. Demonstrated commitment to personal advancement and continuous learning:

  • Proven commitment for continued education and self development
  • Faces career or life-altering experiences with gusto
  • Demonstrates respect and acceptance of others
  • Honors diversity and values heritage and individual uniqueness of others
  • Teaches, trains, coaches and mentors others

3. Exhibits high personal standards and passion for life:

  • Offers sincere and genuine interaction with others
  • Driven by integrity and high standards
  • Elicits courage and persistence to achieve results
  • Willing to explore possibilities and challenges the status quo (boat rocker)
  • Demonstrates excitement and energy for goals and objectives
  • Exhibits spicy passion and curiosity for life

HOW TO APPLY: The Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship is presented each year to an adult student who exhibits Ana’s fine characteristics in his/her own life. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded in September-- applicants can apply between September 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
Download and follow the instructions contained in the Application and References Template.

Deadline: May 31, 2018

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications are evaluated by a joint committee of PMI-MN and ATD-GTC, and the winning candidate is chosen by this joint committee. Program administration is managed under the PMI Minnesota Community Outreach Department under the direction of the Community Services Program Manager.

More information: For more information, contact PMI Minnesota Administrator.

PMI-MN and ATD-GTC awarded the Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship to its first recipient, Daniel Shuster, at the January, 2007 Chapter meeting. We continue to honor an individual each year. PMI-Minnesota asked two recent scholarship recipients to tell us about their experiences, and learned that the benefits extend well-beyond the immediate financial assistance. Read more »

The Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship Program is jointly offered by the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute and the Association for Talent Development Greater Twin Cities Chapter.