Call for IFDA 2016 Fellows’ Applications 

Application Submission Deadline: October 31, 2016

A Fellow (FIFDA) is an IFDA member who is recognized for service both in the Association and to the community, and for contributions to education and service to our industry. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member.


An IFDA Fellow has served in many Board positions, assisted on committees, and possibly served as a Chapter President and/or in a position on the International Board of Directors. Community service is also a component for completing the necessary criteria to qualify for Fellows. All of these positions and activities accumulate points that contribute to the awarding of the Fellows’ designation.


IFDA members work such long and tireless hours to achieve great goals in our Chapters and our communities that they deserve an award.If you feel that you may have achieved this level, the Fellows’ Committee encourages you to enlist the assistance of your local Chapter’s Fellows’ Chair. Start compiling your application. Once you have completed your application and compiled the required supporting documentation, you should submit your application packet to your Chapter’s Fellows’ Chair. The Chair will review it and forward it to IFDA headquarters.
Fellows’ applications must be received by IFDA Headquarters no later than Monday, October 31, 2016.

Important Fellows’ Application Submission Instructions 

1) Applicants are required to submit their application supporting documentation in order as listed on the Fellows’ Application. As listed on the Fellows’ Application, the first category of documents that applicants are required to submit pertain to Conference/Symposium attendance. The supporting documentation submitted should lead with the Conference/Symposium category. The Fellows’ Committee suggests that members include a slip sheet between each section. Label the sheet separating the supporting documents for each submission category accordingly (i.e. Conference/Symposium, followed by Achievement in Association Leadership, etc.).


2) Members can submit their applications in their entirety by mail or electronically via a file sharing program such as Dropbox. Please note, submissions via mail, Dropbox or other file sharing program must include the entire application packet. Partial submissions will not be accepted.  


Eligible members will need the following documents to complete their application. Please click on the title below to access the corresponding document.

Once the applications have been reviewed, the Fellows’ Committee will inform applicants of a decision regarding their application by December 15, 2016.


To obtain the name of your Chapter’s Fellows’ Chair, please contact Jennifer Jones, MPA, IFDA Executive Director at or 610-992-0008.

2016 Fellows’ Committee 

Merry Mabbett Dean, FIFDA, Texas Chapter, Committee Chairperson

Wilma Hammett, PhD, FIFDA, Carolinas Chapter 
Susan Hirsh, FIFDA,New York Chapter, International Past President