1.      Upon his retirement as NDEA Executive Director, Joseph A. Westby established the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award in recognition of Westby’s 45 years of leadership in education, including 32 years within the Association.  Westby recognized the need to encourage members and staff to pursue leadership training.  Upon his retirement, friends and colleagues in North Dakota and across the country provided the initial funds for the award.  Westby himself, made a number of contributions, to the principal of the fund.  Upon his death in January 2015, the family dedicated memorials to continue to build the principal of the fund.  As Westby stated, the continued success of the Association is dependent up developing its future leaders at the local level and amongst the staff. 

The earnings of the endowment will allow for at least one $500 award annually.  

2.      The ND United Member Grant Program is designed to assist individual members or a group of members improve their skills through continued education research or the development of materials, techniques or activities to improve public service or public education in North Dakota.  ND United may award at least $500 annually in this area.

3.    The ND United Foundation ESP Award is designed to assist an individual ESP member or a group of ESP members as they strive to improve education or public service in North Dakota.  At least $500 may be awarded annually in this area.

A completed application form and related material must be received by the Foundation by March 1.


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ND United Foundation
301 N 4th St
Bismarck ND 58501-4020

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