With grateful thanks to the generous donors who believe so wholeheartedly in the mission of AATH, we are delighted to provide these Scholarships.
Each Scholarship has specific guidelines, so please review carefully. You may apply for more than one scholarship, but may only receive one award. If you want your application to be considered for several scholarships, please indicate this in the first paragraph of your email submission. While preference is given to AATH members, many non-members have successfully applied and have been awarded scholarships. Please provide your membership status in your application.
Send your scholarship application to AATH scholarship co-chair, Deb Price at with the heading "AATH 2016 Scholarship Application.” Applications are due by November 15, 2015 at 11:59 P.M.
New! THE COVEY HEALTHY HUMOR IN MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is for a Medical Resident who would like to learn more about the benefits and use of therapeutic humor in health care. This scholarship will pay for AATH conference registration. Please submit a 200 word essay about why you would like to learn more about the use of therapeutic humor in the medical field. Please also indicate your membership status.
New! THE WILLIAM (BILL) FRY HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is for a Humor Academy member interested in pursuing research in the science of humor. Renowned for his generosity and approachability, Bill Fry sought ways to make himself available to new researchers, enthusiasts, and all friends of humor. Before email, he sent articles he wrote by U.S. Mail, without any commercials or expectation of being paid for sharing his expertise. He also approached the exploration of humor as also a form of play, so the humor wasn't lost in the science.
The Bill Fry Humor Academy Scholarship recipient will:
New! THE BETH USHER HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP
The Beth Usher, "BE THe Happiest," Humor Academy Scholarship is awarded to an individual who has faced life's challenges with humor, optimism and compassion for others.
Recipients will receive $350.00 for the first year of AATH's Humor Academy.
Applicants should write a brief description about how humor has helped them overcome challenges in their lives and how they use humor to help others. Please also indicate your membership status.
THE BARB AND DANNY DONUTS "BEAM OF L.I.G.H.T." SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a first-time conference attendee (member or non-member) who is ready to let their L.I.G.H.T shine! In this case L.I.G.H.T stands for Laughter, Inspiration, Giggles, Humor and Togetherness! The scholarship recipient will recieve one complimentary AATH conference registration.
Please submit an essay (up to 250 words) and create a short video (under 4 minutes long). Video should be posted to YouTube (youtube.com) or other video-sharing site. Both video and essay should convey how you presently (or plan to) let your L.I.G.H.T. shine to make the world a better place.
Submit an essay (up to 250 words) to address this question: How do you presently (or plan to) let your L.I.G.H.T shine to make the world a better place?
THE JOYCE AND SOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a K-12 special education teacher and will cover the cost of one conference registration. Please submit a one-to-two page essay on why using humor is an important component for teaching exceptional children. Please also indicate your membership status.
CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA (CTCA) SCHOLARSHIPS
These generous CTCA scholarships will provide recipients with conference registration, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Humor Academy (HA) program, if desired by the applicant.
Applicants are to submit a one-page essay indicating the scholarship for which they are applying, whether they are applying for Conference Registration only, or Conference and Humor Academy Registration and if they are a member of AATH. 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 Phoenix.
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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status.
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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status
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 you 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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status.
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 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 four 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 2016 AATH conference will include one complimentary AATH conference registration fee and one Humor Academy registration fee. Applicants are to submit an essay based on the following questions: (250 words or less)
THE DAVE FAMILY "HUMOR STUDIES" SCHOLARSHIP
The Dave Family "Humor Studies" Scholarship will be awarded to a college student pursuing humor and laughter studies with an interest in entering the field of applied or therapeutic humor. Priority is given to applicants entering colleges and universities in the United States.
Past Scholarships Offered and their recipients:
THE ENID SCHWARTZ HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP PAST RECIPIENTS:
THE RED SKELTON "CARING CLOWN" SCHOLARSHIP PAST RECIPIENTS:
STEVE AND BARBARA GRAPSTEIN HA SCHOLARSHIPS PAST RECIPIENTS:
THE BARBARA MILLER EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP PAST RECIPIENTS: