Education Grants Available for Equipment Finance Professionals

December 4, 2018


December 4, 2018 – The Chris Walker Education Fund Board of Trustees is now accepting grant requests until the application deadline of January 31st, 2019. The fund will award a total of $18,000 in grants to be distributed by the end of February 2019. The grant application process is available to individuals, or associations, foundations, and institutions. Individual grants may be requested up to $1,500, or an amount equal to the cost of qualified industry-related education.

Funds available through the Chris Walker Education Fund may be used for any project or need that provides industry education opportunities for leasing professionals. This includes grants for industry-related education, certifications (such as the Certified Lease and Finance Professionals (CLFP) designation), development of content for NEFA’s Online Learning Center, or other education initiatives.

All grant requests must be submitted online through the following link:

About the fund

Education was always important to Chris Walker, as a NEFA Member and Member of NEFA's Board of Directors. When Chris passed away in 2011, many NEFA Members and other industry professionals wanted some way they could make a donation to honor Chris and continue his great service to this industry. This resulted in the creation within NEFA of the Chris Walker Education Fund.

For more information, you can visit:

Confidentiality Notice

All requests submitted online will be held in the strict confidence of the Chris Walker Education Fund Committee members. Any information shared will be used strictly for the purpose of determining grant awards and shall not be shared outside of the board members

Questions? Contact one of your committee members:

Randy Haug,
LTi Technology Solutions

Chris Lerma, CLFP
AP Equipment Financing

Hugh Swandel
The Alta Group

Kayla Perlinger, CLFP
Oakmont Capital Services, LLC

Guy Selinka, CLFP
Streamline Financial Services

Kim King