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ICAN’S Nonprofit & Small Business Scholarship for Defining Leadership

Program Scholarship

When it comes to community leadership and transformational change, nonprofit organizations and small businesses serve a unique role. At the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, Inc. (ICAN), we believe it is inspired, resilient and balanced leaders.  As a 501(c)(3) with a small-but-mighty team, ICAN understands the complexity of running a nonprofit and small business, and is committed to helping them unlock their individual and organizational potential.

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In the Spring of 2010, ICAN began offering scholarships to nonprofit and in 2023 extended it to small business employees. In support of this commitment, ICAN has a scholarship program to make its Defining Leadership Program accessible to these organizations.

This scholarship program invites nonprofit organizations and small businesses to leverage ICAN’s experience in developing leaders to build and sustain strong, healthy organizational cultures and communities.  Leaders will connect with talented individuals from both the corporate and nonprofit arena and join a community of over 1,300 Defining Leadership graduates. 


Full-time professionals who manage people and/or projects and programs that:

  • Are a registered 501(c)(3) – requirement applicable to nonprofits only
  • Have an outside professional board of directors – if applicable
  • Have been in operation for at least five years
  • Are an organization with 50 employees or less

Tuition Assistance Amounts:

With the ICAN nonprofit & Small Business scholarship, tuition would be:

  • $2,999 tuition for organizations with less than a $2 million budget
    (Scholarship Value: $2,000)
  • $3,999 tuition for organizations with more than a $2 million budget
    (Scholarship Value: $1,000)


There are a limited number of seats in the Defining Leadership Program, and ICAN invites you to apply today.  Complete the program registration form and fill out the Scholarship section within.  Notification of program acceptance and further instructions will be sent via e-mail.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy McLaughlin, Vice President, Programs & Operations, at 402.392.0726 or