Minority Stipends

Beginning in 1990, cash awards have been made by the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation to minority supervisors-in-training to support the recruitment, training and retention of minorities as AAMFT Approved Supervisors for the field of marriage and family therapy. Criteria for the award: (1) United States and Canadian minority citizens and permanent visa residents, including, but not limited to those who are African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islanders; (2) currently enrolled in Master's degree program or post-degree training program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the AAMFT COAMFTE; (3) candidate must be licensed as an MFT in their state (if there is licensure in that state), or a PhD candidate in marriage and family therapy. 

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of $2,000 cash 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


Shiricka Fair

Tracy Oliver

Past Recipients of the Minority Stipends

  • John Hart (2015)
  • BreAnna Davis (2015)
  • Roberto Weiss (2014)
  • Ledy Magdalena Mena (2013)
  • Roy C. Fisher (2011)
  • Sandra S. Perry (2008)
  • Kristine M. Andrews (2007)
  • Maria Christina Guidorizzi (2006)
  • Leona Allen (2005)
  • Karen M.T. Quek (2005)
  • Geneva L. Osawe (2003)
  • Belinda Richardson (2003)
  • Eboni Jacanne Baugh (2002)
  • Michelle Richards (1999)
  • Patricia Case (1998)
  • Santos Chupina Orantes (1998)
  • Ray Ling Hou (1998)
  • David Saavedra (1997)
  • Viviana Azar (1997)
  • Kit Ng (1997)
  • Genevieve Crean (1996)
  • Shi-Jiuan Wu (1995)

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