Event Scholarships

We believe in the power of events to inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in our communities.

We offer scholarships for individuals from our region — Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography — to attend national events and conferences, where they can:

  • Step out of their daily routines.
  • Build new connections both within the region and beyond.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Be inspired to think bigger and think differently about their work.
  • Contribute their voices and perspectives to national conversations.

We hope to make these opportunities available to the most diverse array of people possible, across geography, sectors and demographics. In 2019, we are supporting scholarships to the Aspen Ideas Festival, PopTech, SOCAP and Upswell. We invite you to apply for the experience/s you would benefit from and contribute to the most. We also encourage you to share this opportunity with others in your network.

If you have questions about event scholarships, please email us at communications@bushfoundation.org

Scholarship Opportunity: The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Accepting applications through December 20, 2019


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s three-day annual conference is a premier learning opportunity at the cutting edge of the diversity, equity and inclusion landscape. The theme for 2020, Facing Forward, will center around four pillars of content: New Perspectives, Universal Innovation, Future Fluency and Global Citizenship.

This scholarship opportunity is open to people who live in Minnesota and who are looking to build their networks and their skills to lead more equitably. Those selected to attend will also be invited to special programming with our Minnesota Change Network participants from the past two years, which is a group of people committed to learning how to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds to lead change more equitably and inclusively.

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Upswell, Independent Sector's newly redesigned national conference, will bring together 1,500 of the nation's leaders and changemakers from all sectors of society, including nonprofits, grant-making organizations, businesses, government agencies, and concerned individuals with no formal affiliations. 

Upswell will be an immersive, high-energy forum for passionate individuals committed to turning ideas into action to create a better world. 

Scholarship Opportunity: PopTech

No longer accepting applications.


PopTech is one of the nation’s premier thought forums committed to exploring our best possible future. Forbes recently cited PopTech as one of 2018's most inspirational conferences.

Scholarship Opportunity: SOCAP

No longer accepting applications.


SOCAP is about activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact — convening the marketplace at the intersection of money and meaning.

The conference brings together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders and other innovators from across the world in a cross-sector approach to catalyze collaboration for change.


Scholarship Opportunity: Aspen Ideas Festival

No longer accepting applications.

JUNE 26-30, 2019 | ASPEN, COLORADO

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.