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

Description

The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation awards scholarships to minority students. Eligible individuals include United States citizens and permanent visa residents, including, but not limited to, those who identify as Black/African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin, LGBT, bi/multilingual, or an individual with one or more disability. The scholarship is open to the following membership categories: Pre-Clinical Fellows, Student, and Clinical Fellows who have been members for less than five (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.

Process

This award may be self-nominated by an AAMFT member or nominated by another AAMFT member. Nominators must submit:

  • A current resume;
  • A letter from the Director of the graduate training program or institute affirming the nominee’s academic status and including an assessment of the nominee’s commitment to the field of marriage and family therapy, as well as a statement of the nominee’s potential as a marriage and family therapist;
  • Two letters of reference (these are in addition to the letter from the Director);
  • A detailed personal statement including how the nominee’s diverse background has had an impact on them and their career decision; and
  • One official transcript.

Letter of Recommendation

All self-nominations require a letter of recommendation to be submitted with materials.

Award

The award consists of:

  • A cash award up to $3,000 per recipient;
  • An engraved plaque presented at our Annual Conference;
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 per recipient for travel to the Annual Conference; and
  • The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient(s).

*The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

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, the AAMFT Foundation, or AAMFT sponsored 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.

2020 Award Recipients


Jasmine Ferrill 
   
Lorin Kelly  

 

Past Recipients of the Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders and Minority Scholarship

  • Karen Neri Pack (2019)
  • Alexandra Gillespie (2019)
  • La'Shonda Flecther (2018)
  • Micah Brown (2018)
  • Michael Curtis (2017)
  • Kaylyn Gyden (2017)
  • Cerise Lewis (2016)
  • Kyle Zrenchik (2016)
  • 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)