Debbie Parker Wayne Memorial Scholarship
The BCG Education Fund is pleased to announce a new Debbie Parker Wayne Memorial Scholarship. This annual award provides a guaranteed seat and covers registration for one student for the Putting Skills to Work workshop, held annually at the National Genealogical Society conference.
Debbie Parker Wayne passed away early in 2022 and left a legacy as a highly respected and valued member of our genealogy community. She volunteered as the coordinator of ProGen Study Group 2 and subsequently earned her Certified Genealogist credential in 2010. Debbie was elected as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and she served four years as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund. She was also DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Early Texans DNA Project.
Debbie was a pioneer in genetic genealogy instruction. She authored a regular column in NGS Magazine on using DNA analysis for genealogical research. She taught the first DNA workshop at a national conference in 2015 at the National Genealogical Society conference sponsored by the BCG Education Fund. Debbie was also the course coordinator for the first beginner and intermediate DNA courses offered at four major US genealogy institutes. She co-authored the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice with Blaine Bettinger, and she edited Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies, which includes a chapter she wrote.
Debbie was widely known for her excellence as an instructor. She was humble and kind, incredibly organized, and a generous and valued mentor to many. This award honors her memory.
Photo used with permission by CeCe Moore.
Successful applicants should demonstrate a genuine passion for researching family history and a commitment to improving their skills through quality education. The committee will be looking for a candidate who embodies many of the extraordinary qualities Debbie brought to the genealogy community.
Applications should include:
- Contact information (name, address, email, phone)
- A short essay (400-600 words). Please describe your passion for genealogy, previous genealogy education and/or experience, and how the upcoming Putting Skills to Work workshop will help you advance your goals.
Submit applications through this form or email to
The BCG Education Fund trustees will establish a committee to review applications; the committee’s decisions are final. The deadline for 2024 applications is December 8th for attendance at the following year’s Putting Skills to Work workshop.