La ARMA Nostra

On August 18th, the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) announced the availability of six La ARMA Nostra scholarships administered through the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF). The funding for these awards is an endowment established in partnership with the AIEF through the collective efforts of La ARMA Nostra members to which all active ICRM Board members and other records professionals (many of whom are CRMs) donate annually.

These awards were:
  • Presented in remembrance of Jeffrey Baldwin, CRM's name, and three will be presented in remembrance of Komal Gulich, CRM, IGP'. Jeffrey and Komal, long-time champions of the RIM/IG profession and the CRM certification, passed away from cancer in 2014.
  • A one-time award of $500 each for individuals who have successfully completed or are actively pursuing of their Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification, Information Governance Professional (IGP) certification, or other related records and information management (RIM)/ information governance (IG) certification.
  • Available to individuals in all geographic locations; however, weight was given to applicants from ARMA's Great Lakes Region.
  • Available to anyone who is actively pursuing or has obtained a professional RIM certification; however, weight was given to those obtaining/pursuing their CRM over other certifications.
Applications were submitted for the successful completion of any part (e.g., CRM Part I has been passed successfully) so long as the applicant is still actively pursuing the designation (candidate in good standing) and completion of part or all of the certification occurred after January 1, 2015. Eight applications were received for the six available reimbursement awards.

On August 25, 2016, the following 2016 La ARMA Nostra RIM/IG Certification Reimbursement Awards were selected and presented to the recipients prior to the ARMA Conference in San Antonio. Four winners are currently pursuing their CRM certification with the other two recipients attaining their CRM earlier this year.

Jeffrey Baldwin, CRM Memorial Reimbursement Awards to:
  • Jennifer Baranski (CRM Candidate, ARMA Great Lakes Region)
  • Cori Brock (CRM 2016, ARMA Midwest Rocky Mountain Region)
  • Philip Guenther (CRM Candidate, ARMA Mid-Atlantic Region)

Komal Gulich, CRM, IGP Memorial Reimbursement Awards to:
  • Margot Note (CRM 2016)
  • Valerie Raiche (CRM Candidate, ARMA Midwest Rocky Mountain Region)
  • Deborah Robbins (CRM Candidate, ARMA Southwest Region)

These reimbursement awards were the first of their kind for La ARMA Nostra, with three annual graduate-level scholarships awarded in the amount $3,000 each in 2011, 2012, and 2013. For more information on available scholarships, please visit: