Below is the listing of the scholarships that were offered for the 2014 Annual Conference. Check back in the coming months for updates in regards to scholarship opportunities for the 2015 conference! A tentative due date for the 2015 Annual Conference Scholarships is on October 31, 2014. If you would like to donate to one of our existing scholarship funds or create your own scholarship, please email the AATH office, or call us at 860.586.7507.
These generous CTCA scholarships will provide 4 recipients with conference registration, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Humor Academy (HA) program. They will also include a stipend of $150 per person for travel and hotel expenses. Those not electing to participate in the HA will be awarded the HA registration amount to cover additional travel costs.
Applicants should submit an essay (no more than one page) indicating the scholarship for which they are applying, and whether they are applying for Conference Registration only, or Conference and Humor Academy Registration. Essays should include why the individual is interested in the scholarship, and how they anticipate their attendance at the Conference/participation in the Humor Academy will benefit them, either personally or professionally, following their time in Vincennes.
a) CTCA “Medical Classroom” Scholarship: Awarded to an Educator currently involved in creating humor interventions for patients.
b) CTCA “Oncology Patient/Survivor” Scholarship: Awarded to a current oncology patient or cancer survivor who uses humor to positively impact his/her own well being and that of those around them.
c) CTCA “Practitioner” Scholarship: Awarded to a current oncology healthcare practitioner (doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker, etc.) who uses humor to create positive interventions for the patients and/or staff around them.
d) CTCA “Stellar Volunteer” Scholarship: Awarded to an AATH volunteer who has provided enthusiastic leadership to the organization over several years.
ED DUNKELBLAU SCHOLARSHIP
Created to honor the work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH and the field of therapeutic humor by our past conference chair, Ed Dunkelblau.
The Ed Dunkelblau Scholarship will be awarded to a practitioner of color, or researcher, interested in the cultural or scientific applications of therapeutic humor.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants are required to submit an application demonstrating interest, documenting their work, and expressing awareness of the mission of the organization.
PATTY WOOTEN SCHOLARSHIP
Created to honor the work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH and the field of therapeutic humor by our past conference chair, Patty Wooten.
The Patty Wooten Scholarship will be awarded to a nurse who is currently involved in creating humor interventions that are being used in a therapeutic manner for patients, family and/or staff. Applicants must be a nurse- R.N., L.P.N., L.V.N., or C.N.A.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants are required to write an essay describing how you perceive humor to be therapeutic and how your work, program, or intervention efforts have benefited patients, family, or staff.
THE MARGIE KLEIN “PAPER PLATE" SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been added in loving memory of Margie Klein. This scholarship is named after Margie Klein, the mother of Allen Klein, 2005/2006 president of AATH.
Throughout the 95-plus-years of her life, Allen's mother continually used her sense of humor and was inspirational in Allen's teaching others about the power of humor. This scholarship will provide registration for the conference only. It will NOT cover travel or hotel expenses.
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay describing how humor helped them in work-related situations. Examples can come from the corporate world, the nonprofit arena, or the self-employed. If possible, please provide at least three examples. Essays should range from approximately 250 to 500 words. Judges will use the following three categories to rate each submission:
WHY PAPER PLATES?
After her two sons were on their own, Margie got a job at a major household appliance company. As a customer service representative, she got a call from a socialite who complained that she was having an important dinner that night and her dishwasher, with all her dishes in it, was not working. The woman insisted that a repairman be sent immediately. Margie told the irate customer that it was impossible; the repairman would be there in the morning. The woman then shouted, “And what am I supposed to do? I have twelve people coming for dinner tonight and I don't have a clean plate in the house.”
Margie calmly replied: “Use paper plates.” That was her first and last day on the job.
THE DAVE FAMILY "HUMOR STUDIES" SCHOLARSHIP
Created by the family of 2007-09 AATH President Lenny Dave to help cultivate the next generation of AATH members.
Awarded to a college student pursuing Humor/Laughter studies with an interest in entering the field of applied or therapeutic humor. Priority awarded as follows; Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, Faculty (Humor/Laughter). Also, first priority given to colleges and universities in the United States.
For this year, the scholarship recipient will receive one complimentary AATH conference registration fee and the difference, in cash, between the registration fee and $500 to help offset Travel & Lodging expenses.
Applicants are to submit essay answers (up to 250 words each) to three questions:
THE LENNY RAVICH "SHALOM" SCHOLARSHIP
Created by Lenny Ravich, Director of the Gestalt Institute of Tel Aviv.
This scholarship is awarded to someone whose work in humor and laughter clearly and tangibly demonstrates a commitment to world peace. For this year, the scholarship recipient will receive complimentary AATH conference registration plus an additional $100 presented on site (in US funds) to help offset other travel costs. Applications from all countries will be considered equally.
Applicants are to submit essay answers (up to 250 words each) to three questions:
THE BARBARA MILLER EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP
Created by Barbara Miller to celebrate an educator who is actively involved in the pursuit of promoting and using humor in education. This $400 scholarship will be awarded onsite at the conference, and will cover the costs of attending the Annual Conference. Applicants may be classroom teachers, school administrators, or those involved in higher education.
Applicants are to answer the following 3 questions:
THE ENID SCHWARTZ HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP
Created in memory of Enid Schwartz, a founding member of the AATH Humor Academy, a practicing RN and a PhD teaching nurse. Enid was loved by all and well known for her joyful nature, her compassionate care, and her long-stemmed red noses given out as conference mementos.
This scholarship includes the cost of one Humor Academy registration. The recipient agrees to review the Humor Academy guidelines and fulfill the year-long requirements of the Humor Academy certificate. Conference travel and lodging costs are not included.
For this scholarships please submit an essay describing your interest in humor studies, your personal goals, your volunteerism, and leadership. Review the mission of AATH and describe how your work aligns with the AATH mission.The scholarship committee will evaluate scholarship applications based on a rubric. For example, if the proposal is very strong, it receives 5 points in the criteria area. A perfect total score is 25.
These are the guidelines for giving 5 points for each of the categories.
THE RED SKELTON “CARING CLOWN” SCHOLARSHIP
Created by the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy (located in Vincennes, Indiana), this scholarship honors Red Skelton's legacy of laughter and compassionate, 'healthy humor.' Though he liked to be introduced simply as "One of America's Clowns," Red was one of the world's most beloved, multi-talented entertainers, a humanitarian and a patriot.
This conference scholarship will be awarded to a "Caring Clown," active in hospital and/or community healthcare environments, bringing smiles to patients and/or residents, young and/or old, in need of gentle comic relief. For this year, the scholarship recipient will receive one complimentary conference registration fee and a gift bag of souvenirs from the museum's Gift Shop. The scholarship recipient is responsible for all other conference costs, travel and lodging.
Applicants are to submit essay answers (up to 250 words each) to the following questions:
THE KNOX FAMILY HUMOR FOR PEACE SCHOLARSHIP
The Knox Family Humor for Peace Scholarship will be awarded to an individual that is involved in the practice of humor in order to promote peace, either locally or globally.The scholarship for the April 2014 AATH conference will include one complimentary AATH conference registration fee and one Humor Academy registration fee. Applicants must submit an essay based on the following questions: (250 words or less)
STEVE AND BARBARA GRAPSTEIN HA SCHOLARSHIPS
For scholarships please submit a essay describing your interest in humor studies, your personal goals, your volunteerism, and leadership. Review the mission of AATH and describe how your work aligns with the AATH mission.
The scholarship committee will evaluate scholarship applications based on a rubric. For example, if the proposal is very strong, it receives 5 points in the criteria area. A perfect total score is 25. These are the guidelines for giving 5 points for each of the categories.