Chris Walker, CLFP

The Chris Walker Education Fund Committee is now accepting grant requests until the application deadline of January 31st, 2020. The fund will award a total of $20,000 in grants to be distributed by the end of February 2020. The grant application process is available to individuals as well as 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 & Finance Professionals (CLFP) designation, education development initiatives for NEFA, and other educational endeavors.

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

About the Chris Walker Education 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.

Chris Walker Education Fund Committee Members:

Randy Haug
LTi Technology Solutions

Chris Lerma, CLFP
AP Equipment Financing

Guy Selinka, CLFP
Streamline Financial Services

Hugh Swandel
Meridian OneCap Credit Corp.

Kayla Perlinger, CLFP
Oakmont Capital Services, LLC

Kim King
National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA)

Stephanie Hall, CLFP
Black River Business Capital