The Dave Berryman Scholarship

2019 Dave Berryman Winner: Michael Culwell

Michael is the Campus Director for Kiamichi Technology Centers in Poteau, Oklahoma. He has served as the OKACTE president as well as other state and Region IV leadership positions. Michael’s CTE philosophy includes, “…leaders must be supportive of quality professional development, encourage the sharing of best practices and continue to strengthen business and industry partnerships for work based learning opportunities.”

2019 Dave Berryman Winner: Amanda Dixon

Amanda is the Director of Career and Technical Education at Moore County Schools in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Amanda is heavily involved in both professional and civic organizations and activities. Her philosophy of leadership of CTE includes, “the ability to empower tomorrow’s leaders and to mold our future by providing rich and engaging learning opportunities for ALL students.”

Award recipients receive a complimentary registration and a $750 travel stipend for the Best Practices and Innovation in Career and Technical Education conference. Both recipients attended the 2019 Best Practices conference September 25-27, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.
Apply now for the 2020 Dave Berryman Scholarship to attend the 2020 Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education conference in North Falmouth (Cape Cod), Massachusetts, October 7-9, 2020.
General information
The Dave Berryman Leadership Development Scholarship is awarded annually to two administrators in career and technical education. The scholarship is designed to assist individuals to attend the NCLA/ACTE Best Practices Conference. Scholarship recipients are provided with a complimentary registration to the conference and a $750 travel stipend. This scholarship is only available to first time attendees. The scholarship is not available to presenters.
The Selection Process
Selection of recipients is based upon a nominee’s involvement in career and technical education, community, civic involvement and a philosophy of career and technical education.
How To Apply
Berryman Application

Nominees must complete and electronically submit the application by August 15, 2020 to:

Thomas N. Applegate, Executive Director

**When saving your completed application, be sure to select "print" and change the printer option to be PDF. This will ensure no data is lost in the saving process.
The Berryman Scholarship is funded through a contribution by the family of the late Dave Berryman. Dave was an outstanding leader in career and technical education and worked tirelessly for the development and advancement of the National Council of Local Administrators of Career and Technical Education (NCLA). Upon Dave’s death the family established the Dave Berryman Scholarship so that other administrators could have the opportunity to participate in the NCLA Best Practices Conference.

Mission Statement

To provide information, professional development and networking to CTE administrators that result in excellence and innovation.


To contribute to the nation's economic prosperity through the promotion and development of excellence in career and technical education.