Career Pathways

A Talent Pipeline Expansion Program

Waldman Scholarship

Important Dates
  • Information Session with Council Staff — January 26, 2021 | 3 p.m. EST
  • 2021 Program Application Submission Deadline — EXTENSION: February 22, 2021
  • Waldman Scholarship Application Submission Deadline — EXTENSION: March 1, 2021 
  • Career Pathways 2021 Cohorts Announcement — March 2021
Program Schedule
Blue Cohort Program Dates
  • Learning Session 1: Kick Off Month — August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31
  • Learning Session 2 — October 13-15
  • Learning Session 3 — November 17-19
  • Learning Session 4 — December 15-17
Green Cohort Program Dates
  • Learning Session 1: Kick Off Month — August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2
  • Learning Session 2 — October 20-22
  • Learning Session 3 — November 24-26
  • Learning Session 4 — December 15-17

*We will be planning for a virtual and in person convening session in Washington DC if health and safety guidelines of COVID-19 allow to convene in person.

In 2019, the philanthropic sector lost one of its brightest lights. As Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David Waldman advocated for and embodied the Foundation’s “culture of health,” ensuring that staff were fully supported as they worked to achieve the Foundation’s mission.

David was also incredibly passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and was an early champion of the Career Pathways program. He believed deeply in the importance of fostering philanthropic talent and the impact Career Pathways could have in helping the sector reflect the full diversity of our future leaders.

We are humbled to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor David’s life and legacy with the inaugural David Waldman Scholars program. Through scholarships, this program expands the reach of Career Pathways and creates new opportunities for those that share David’s values.

Eligibility Criteria

We highly encourage folks who identify with one or more of the following minoritized/marginalized identities or historically underrepresented identity groups:

  • Self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color including Latinx, Asian, mixed race.
  • Transgender/Gender non-conforming

Submission Details

We are no longer accepting applicants for the Career Pathways 2021 program. Interested in 2022? Details are coming soon! 

All program participants are responsible for tuition and any other expenses associated with the program including travel, accommodation, books, and other non-credit bearing requirements. Council member tuition is $3,200 and nonmembers is $4,500. The Waldman Scholarship covers Career Pathways tuition and other program costs in full or in part as allocated by need.

Application Questions

  1. David Waldman was known for his leadership in supporting the advancement of people of color as well as individuals who are members of other minoritized/marginalized groups in the field by being an ally, mentor, and advocate. How have you been an advocate and/or ally/accomplice in your organization? 
  2. Why should you be awarded the Waldman scholarship? What would this mean to you?
  3. Would financial assistance in the form of a scholarship enable your participation in Career Pathways, if selected to join the cohort? If so, please explain.

*Resource: "Moving from Ally to Accomplice"

The Waldman Scholarship is possible through the generous support of the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Career Pathways is made possible thanks to generous funding support from: