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PWIPM Professional Empowerment Grant

The PWIPM Council is honored to offer two Deni Naumann Women in Pest Management Empowerment Grants each year in honor of Deni Naumann who gave so much to the pest management industry. We thank Rentokil Terminix for their support of this tribute to her legacy.

Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) grants can advance a career in the pest management industry or help to reduce the costs related to education. Grants are a maximum of $1,000 and include a free registration for the National Pest Management Association’s PestWorld conference and and additional $1,000 towards travel expenses to the conference. The deadline is usually July 31st.

In 2023, PestWorld is in Hawaii! To help recipients plan and pay for travel, the deadline for 2023 is June 15th. Recipients will be notified by July 1st. The reimbursement limit for recipients who do not live on O'ahu will be $2,000 for 2023.

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DEADLINE: June 15, 2023. The nomination period for 2023 is now closed.


Minimum requirements:

  • Female currently employed in pest management industry
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in the industry
  • Subscribed to the PWIPM contact list (e-mail to verify/be added)

To be submitted:

  • Resume with work experience outlined in the pest management industry
  • Essay (to be no more than 3 pages long (500-1500 words)
  • An itemized budget detailing use of the $1,000 grant to help meet career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (sealed and signed by author, mailed or emailed to Allie Allen, BCE)

Essay Questions:

  • Explain your career path.
  • What are your career goals for the next 5 years?
  • What challenges face women in the pest management industry?
  • Describe how you have used your strengths to overcome one of the challenges you described in #3.
  • Give an example of how women have helped you in your career.

Letters of recommendation should comment on the student's goals and motivation and answer the following questions:

  • Does the applicant have a strong interest in the pest management industry?
  • What steps has the applicant taken to prepare/advance her career in the pest management industry?

Finalist Requirements:

The grant recipient will be required to submit 2 articles to PWIPM speaking to the benefits of the award:

  • A short (150 words) anecdote about the PestWorld experience due within 30 days of attending PestWorld
  • An article describing the benefits of the grant, how the funds were used, progress being made towards career objectives, and a picture due within 300 days of receiving the award money.

Submit all required documents in one envelope or one .pdf file by the deadline to:

Allie Allen, BCE
Professional Women in Pest Management
c/o NPMA
10460 North Street
Fairfax, VA 22030


Click here to view previous recipients.