Scholarships

Guidelines:

We are happy to announce the following scholarships for the 2014 Annual Conference.  Unless otherwise noted, please submit entries to April Duquette at aduquette@aath.org at the AATH office by 1/31/14, with the scholarship title in the subject line.  Unless otherwise designated, Conference Scholarship recipients receive complimentary registration to our annual conference and special recognition during the conference. 2014 scholarship recipients are responsible for their travel to the conference site (Vincennes, IN) and their conference hotel expenses.  Note: This is a conference scholarship, not an essay contest.  AATH fully expects the recipients of these scholarships to attend the conference.  Each scholarship has criteria that the respective namesake has requested.

 

 

CTCA Scholarships - NEW! (Just posted 1/24/14)

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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2012 Maia Aziz
  • 2010 Mary McCabe
  • 2007 Rev. Gordon W. Marchant
  • 2005 Michael J. Fletcher & Dorothea Keeling, M.Ed.

 

 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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Michael Terry
  • 2012 Patricia Jannell-Pacheco
  • 2011 Sidonie Salmon
  • 2010 Lori Breitmaier
  • 2009 Amy Verble
  • 2009 Tami Vallarano
  • 2008 Judith (Judy) Oliverio
  • 2007 Helen Stucky Risdon
  • 2006 Marie Bethke
  • 2005 Naomi Blundell & Deb Gauldin

 

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:

  • Clarity. How well did the candidate explain how humor helped them (or others) in a work-related situation?
  • Innovation/originality/creativity. To what extent is the candidate's story or situation original or creative?
  • Impact. What additional considerations are relevant to this candidate's application (personal need, impact on others, useable ideas for work-related situations)?

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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Chris Vaia
  • 2012 Lisa Warsinske
  • 2011 Andrea Morrison
  • 2010 Helen Bzdel
  • 2009 Mindy Tarr
  • 2008 Rachel Oliver
  • 2007 Charles “Chip” Lutz

 

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:

  • How do you plan to apply your Humor/Laughter education in the field after college?
  • Why do you feel you are most deserving of this conference scholarship?
  • How has humor/laughter helped you in a difficult situation?

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Siobhan Kavanah
  • 2012 Sarah Auerbach
  • 2011 Beza Merid
  • 2010 Edward Singer
  • 2009 Vera Stalker
  • 2008 Barbara Miller
  • 2007 Zach Warren

 

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:

  • How do you presently apply (or plan to apply) your knowledge and experience in humor and laughter to advance world peace?
  • How has your mission and purpose in life brought you to this moment?
  • Why do you feel that you are deserving of this scholarship?

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Alona Jasik
  • 2010 Erin Keyes
  • 2008 Kerry MacNeal

  

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:

  • How do you currently use humor in education? Please tell us a bit about what you do in regards to incorporating humor in educational settings, and why the topic is of interest to you.
  • What additional skills, information, or talents are you hoping to gain through participation in the AATH conference?
  • What are your plans for promoting the use of humor in education beyond?

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2012 Amanda Alden

 

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.

  1. Interest in Humor Studies: Explanation of why this is important to take classes.
  2. Personal Goals: What the participant hopes to gain from participation
  3. Volunteer Service: Details of past volunteer efforts in AATH and/or other organizations
  4. Leadership: demonstrated leadership in AATH and/or other organizations
  5. Alignment with AATH Mission: the application is aligned with the AATH mission; The AATH mission is to serve as a community of professionals who study, practice and promote healthy humor and laughter.

 

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Helen Stucky Risdon

 

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:

  • How do you presently apply your knowledge and skill in the "Caring Clown" community?
  • What prompted you to become a "Caring Clown?"
  • In honoring Red Skelton's legacy, why do you feel you are most deserving of this conference scholarship?

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2013 Cheryl Oberg

 

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)

  • How do you, personally, define the words humor and peace?  How can the concepts of humor and peace be aligned in order to create a better world.
  • How are you presently using humor in order to promote peace?  How might you apply humor and peace for future use? 
  • How might attending the AATH conference be beneficial to your practice of peace?

 

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. 

  • Grapstein Level I Scholarship: Conference registration and HA registration)---given to an AATH member who has shown a volunteer spirit in the past.
  • Grapstein Level II Scholarship: Conference registration and HA registration)--given to a person who has completed Level I and who can describe the benefits of their future work in Level II
  • Grapstein Level III Scholarship: Conference registration and HA registration) --given to an AATH member who has demonstrated leadership in AATH and who plans to continue this leadership by participating in HA Level III
  • Grapstein HAG Celebration Award$500--To be given to a HAG graduate for conference registration and travel expenses. This scholarship is based on leadership, Level II project and volunteer efforts in AATH. 
  • Grapstein Student Scholarship:  $500 stipend for a student to take the graduate College course. 
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.
  1. Interest in Humor Studies: Explanation of why this is important to take classes.
  2. Personal Goals: What the participant hopes to gain from participation
  3. Volunteer Service: Details of past volunteer efforts in AATH and/or other organizations
  4. Leadership: demonstrated leadership in AATH and/or other organizations 
  5. Alignment with AATH Mission: the application is aligned with the AATH mission; The AATH mission is to serve as a community of professionals who study, practice and promote healthy humor and laughter.

 

Disclaimer for ALL Scholarships:

If, in the opinion of the scholarship committee, there are no suitable entries for a particular scholarship, that scholarship may not be awarded. Scholarships are awarded for the specified conference year only and cannot be carried forward to future conferences. Submitted essay responses should not exceed 400 words, unless otherwise directed. For the 2014 Conference, applications must be received by January 31, 2014.  Notifications will be made by February 7, 2014.