The National Defender Investigator Association (NDIA) is committed to providing quality training and educational opportunities to Criminal Defense Investigators, Mitigation Specialists, Paralegals, and Social Workers. In furtherance of that goal, NDIA offers several Scholarships for both the National and Regional Conferences each year.

NDIA Members seeking financial assistance can apply for the Melissa Kupferberg Scholarship (One Recipient per Conference), the Ronald T. Guerette Scholarship (One Recipient per Conference), both of which cover the Conference Registration Fee, Travel and Hotel Accommodations, as well as the Gary Kula Educational Scholarships (One Recipient per Region* per Conference), which covers the Conference Registration Fee ONLY.

Each Scholarship has its own Application Guidelines, Selection Criteria and Application Form, so please visit each page for more details about the Schoarship and How to Apply!


DEADLINE: The application deadline for the 2023 National Conference in St. Louis, MO is March 1, 2023 and the application deadline for the 2023 Regional Conference in Location TBD is July 21, 2023.



*Please contact your Area Director for any additional information. Contact information of Area Directors is located HERE or reach out to our Executive Director, Beverly Davidson, at (920) 395-2330 or