Chris Darrington SLIG Scholarship

Chris DarringtonChris Darrington (1983–2020)

Chris was MyHeritage’s Conference Events Manager and a long-standing MyHeritage staff member. He set up and ran the MyHeritage booth, gave demos, and provided assistance to MyHeritage users at genealogy conferences across the US. Chris always assisted people with great patience, kindness, and humor. He had a natural rapport with genealogy enthusiasts who appreciated his genuine passion for family history. As the representative responsible for coordinating MyHeritage's annual sponsorship of the SLIG Shuttle, Chris always went the extra mile—visiting SLIG, creating a rapport with SLIG committee and faculty, and demonstrating an interest in the program overall.

The scholarship will award full tuition for one candidate to the SLIG course of choice.

Application Procedure

A committee at MyHeritage will consider applications, and the winner will be guaranteed a seat in the course of his/her choice. Applicants may be any age or skill level (SLIG courses require an intermediate level of skill or higher). They should have a genuine passion for family history, a strong desire to improve their research skills through quality education, and an enthusiasm for serving the genealogical community.

The successful application will include:

  1. Applicant information:
    1. Basic contact info (name, address, email, phone)
    2. Course of choice
    3. Genealogical experience
    4. Previous education, genealogical and other
    5. Volunteer activities and/or goals to serve the genealogical community
    6. Publications, presentations, and other activities, if any
    7. How you have previously used MyHeritage in your research, if applicable
  2. A short essay (750 words or less). Please share:
    • Your passion for family history
    • Your educational efforts and how this SLIG course fits into your future plans
    • How you feel this scholarship will help you further serve in the community
    • Why you are applying and feel you qualify for this scholarship
  3. A letter of recommendation from someone in the genealogy community.

The committee will be looking for an applicant who embodies many of the qualities that Chris exemplified. The intent is to remember Chris and the wonderful characteristics he brought to the genealogy community.

Applications and documents should be submitted using the form below (available January 1, 2023). Questions may be directed to

Deadline for 2024 applications: May 1, 2023.

Previous Winners (listed by year awarded)

2022: Michelle Gardner of Wellsville, Utah