The Impact

The generosity of our donors has made an impact on hundreds of administrative professionals. You can read some of their stories and testimonials below on how the foundation has made a difference in their lives.

Success Story

Laurel McDevitt, CAP, OM, PM

St. Petersburg, Florida

UPDATE: Soon after she provided us with this story, Laurel received a promotion at her job and is now the Program Coordinator for Research & Health Informatics. She also recently earned her Project Management certificate from IAAP.

I have been in an Administrative Professional position for almost 20 years. I pride myself, as a hard worker and dedicated employee. I thought I was up-to-date on Microsoft Office and many other technologies. But, as I soon learned, there is much more available to help make office life easier.

I first learned about the IAAP Foundation when I saw scholarships were available for the IAAP Summit in 2016 in the newsletter. I wrote my essay about what a benefit it would be for me to attend a large conference. I had never really participated in many large conferences, while in my positions, so I thought this would be a great experience. I was so excited when I received a call that I had been selected to receive the premium registration as a scholarship recipient. My managers were very excited for me and approved the remaining travel expenses for me to attend Summit. I feel, without the foundation scholarship, I would have never approached leadership, about going to a conference. In the administrative profession, there weren’t many conference opportunities available, so being the recipient of an scholarship gave me confidence to ask to go.


“I truly believe, if it wasn’t for the scholarship funding for my first Summit and Leadership Academy, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”


I just want to say thank you so much for accepting my application for housing assistance. This assistance helps me so much and enables me to take care of medical needs that I am encountering.

— Mary E. Adams, housing assistance recipient

I learned so much, made friends, and built my self-esteem. IAAP is more than professional development, for me it has changed my life. Thank you just doesn't seem enough to express my gratitude, gratefulness, humility, excitement, encouragement and appreciation for being selected as a scholarship attendee. I am proud I was selected for such an honor! I will forever have such wonderful memories of our conference and the people we met and made connections with.

— Wendy Stocking, 2016 scholarship recipient

IAAP Summit 2015 was an amazing experience. The quality education, new connections and the experience was well worth the trip. I gained valuable knowledge that I proudly bring back to the office and share. The IAAP Summit training advances my skills to become an indispensable assistant.

— Catherine Marshall, on attending IAAP Summit 2015 with a Foundation scholarship