Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders (formerly Master's Student Minority Scholarship)

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation awards scholarships to minority students. The scholarship is open to the following membership categories: Pre-Clinical Fellows, Student, and Clinical Fellows who have been members for less than 5 years. COAMFTE students or graduates from a COAMFTE program are preferred, but it is not a requirement. The purpose is to support the recruitment, training, and retention of minorities in the field of marriage and family therapy. See application for further criteria. The award consists of a plaque, a cash award up to $3,000, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver. 

How to apply:In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.

Note: The AAMFT Annual Conference registration fee will be waived for all award recipients. In order to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, anyone who is on the AAMFT or divisional payroll is ineligible to be considered for an award so long as that financial relationship exists.  All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of those receiving the Excellence in Media award, and at least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member.

2016 Award Recipients


Cerise Lewis

Kyle Zrenchik

Past Recipients of the Minority Scholarship

  • Kiran Hussain (2015)
  • Bridget Sanchez (2015)
  • Florence Lewis (2015)
  • Jessica Floyd (2014)
  • Lawrence Jackson (2014)
  • Eilene Ladson (2014)
  • Brittany Lynch (2013)
  • Beverly Clemons (2013)
  • Anike Adekoya
  • Tina Phousouvanh (2012)
  • Sarah McDougall (2012)
  • John R. Hart (2011)
  • BreAnna L. Davis (2011)
  • Edward M. Callirgos (2011)
  • Jacqueline F. Walker (2010)
  • Shardé N. McNeil (2010)
  • Blendine P. Hawkins (2010)
  • Maryah F. Qureshi (2009)
  • Corinne A. Stevens (2008)
  • Xavier A. Spencer (2008)
  • Claudia M. Lara (2008)
  • Roy C. Fisher (2007)
  • Narkia M. Green (2006)
  • Katrina Robinson (2005)
  • Tricia Hudson (2005)
  • Kristine M. Andrews (2005)
  • Karen M.T. Quek (2004)
  • Nelba L. Marquez-Greene (2004)
  • Christina M. Holland (2004)
  • Christopher D. Stevens (2003)
  • Ericka L. King (2003)
  • Omari L. Dyson (2003)
  • Nikkiah Wyatt (2002)
  • Dynesha Riley (2002)
  • Marian Mitchell (2002)
  • Duduzile Dludlu (2001)
  • Sandy Moghadam (2001)
  • Linda Young (2001)
  • Ayanna K.H. Reed (2000)
  • Dakesa D. Schooler (2000)
  • Salima Jiwa (2000)
  • Marcy Galvez (1999)
  • Leon Altamira (1999)
  • Tara Edwards (1998)
  • Hector Gonzales (1998)
  • Yoko Fukui (1997)
  • Jeannie Hahn (1997)
  • Keith Bell (1997)
  • Karen Fernandez-Cosgrove (1996)
  • Wellington (Duke) White (1996)
  • Judith Maria Bermudez (1996)
  • Marlo Theresa Rouse (1995)
  • Gloria Gonzalez Lopez (1995)
  • Young Hee Chang (1995)

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