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Minnesota Career Development Association

Irene Rossman Memorial Scholarship


Irene was a past president and long term member of MCDA’s Board of Trustees, and she was passionate about creating a vibrant career community in the Twin Cities area.  As many of you know, we lost our dear friend  to lung cancer in December of 2015.

MCDA has partnered with Irene’s family and also her employer, Career Partners International (CPI) Twin Cities to establish a scholarship in her name.

Scholarship Mission

Irene was a leader in the field of career coaching and development. She was known for her positive spirit, hospitality and consistent drive to encourage individuals to pursue meaningful and satisfying work. Her own career path was an inspirational testament to the power of career transition and overcoming obstacles along the way.

The scholarship’s purpose is to continue Irene’s legacy by providing a monetary award to assist individuals in pursing their goals in the career development field.  The scholarship funds may be awarded for education, professional development or certification programs.

Application Process


  • Tuition fees up to $1200 paid to the educational program/workshop or conference of your choice
  • One year paid membership to the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA)
  • Complimentary registration to the MCDA Annual Minnesota Careers Conference in Spring 2017

To apply, download the Irene Rossman Memorial Scholarship Application and follow the instructions on the form.

Application deadline:  July 15, 2016

Application awarded: September 2016

Contribute to the Scholarship

Our thanks to MCDA members and others close to Irene, whose contributions have made this Memorial Scholarship possible. If you’d also like to support this ongoing Scholarship, donations may be sent to:

MCDA – Irene Rossman Scholarship Fund,

PO Box 3421, Minneapolis, MN 55403