Education Foundation Scholarships

The Donna Derden Education Scholarship

Every year the AAGD Education Foundation provides scholarships to  worthy NAAEI credential students. This scholarship fund provides professionals in the multi-family industry with financial assistance toward professional growth through the NAAEI credential program. Competition for these scholarships is based on financial need and a commitment to earning the CAM, CAPS, NALP, CAMT, CAS credentials.

The AAGD Education Foundation will agree to reimburse the total cost of the certificate program NALP, CAM, CAS, CAPS, CAMT for the candidates that meet the financial requirements, completed the online application by the deadline and have completed and passed all requirements of the credential they are enrolled in. Deadline for applications is November 1st.

Click Here for Donna Derden Scholarship Form

Gerry Henigsman US Veteran Scholarship

The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas Education Foundation has created a new scholarship program for apartment industry employees who are honorably discharged military veterans. This scholarship was named in honor of former AAGD Executive Vice President, Gerry Henigsman, who played a key role in shaping and growing education and careers during his more than 22 years in service to AAGD and the Apartment Industry.

Who is Gerry Henigsman? Gerry Henigsman, CAPS, served as Executive Vice President of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas for 22 years prior to his retirement in December 2013. During this time he helped develop a premier Legislative Affairs program that reduced fees and operating costs for apartment owners; created a new AAGD Career Center; and developed a Hispanic Task Force for outreach to Dallas’ expanding Hispanic community. Under his leadership, AAGD received several NAA Paragon Awards - an annual program recognizing local associations - for their community service, education and government affairs efforts. In addition to his work with AAGD, Henigsman served on numerous committees and task forces for the City of Dallas, the National Apartment Association and the Texas Apartment Association. He was named TAA Association Executive of the Year three times. In 2000, Henigsman also was named NAA Association Executive of the Year.  In 2013, Henigsman received the first Association Executive Lifetime achievement Award from NAA.  Henigsman served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.

The Gerry Henigsman U.S. Military Scholarship covers tuition for a National Apartment Association Educational Institute (NAAEI) Credentials Course selected by the scholarship applicant.

The scholarship program is only open to apartment industry employees* who—like Henigsman --are military veterans. This is a merit based scholarship.

Click Here for Gerry Henigsmen Scholarship Application

Donate To The Foundation

The Donna Derden Education Scholarship  and the Gerry Henigsman Scholarship

By making a donation to the AAGD Education Foundation fund you/your company have taken a step to further the professionalism of the people that make up our industry. We can all remember what it was like to start out a career and these days many are starting a second or even third career. Getting started down a new path was the hardest part of this journey. This scholarship, which is used to reimburse students with proven financial need for the cost of the NAAEI credntial programs is a great way to boost a new person into our industry. Since The AAGD Education Foundation is a registered 501(C) (3) all your donations are tax deductible. Make the choice to help the new generation of multi-family leaders!


Please contact Val Thurwanger for more information about donations. or 972 385-9091x 212