Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is Awarded to an association professional (member or non-member) from an underserved community to promote their professional development through attendance at the ELEVATE Annual Conference. 

The recipient will receive sponsored attendance to our ELEVATE Annual Conference (April 29 - May 1, 2024, Burbank, CA) including complimentary registration, a three-night hotel stay, and reimbursement of reasonable transportation costs.

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Eligibility Guidelines
  • A candidate must identify as a member of an underserved community:  a racial or ethnic minority group, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, or a person with a disability.
  • Currently employed as an association professional (as defined by CalSAE bylaws)
  • Has worked as an association professional for at least three years.
  • In their application, candidates must demonstrate how the scholarship will advance their
    learning aspirations and career goals.
  • Candidates must demonstrate volunteerism with CalSAE and/or civic/community
    engagement. The successful candidate will be asked to serve as a volunteer on a committee
    or regional council to support their networking and relationship building.
  • CalSAE membership is not a requirement for selection, but membership will be a
    consideration in making a final selection. CalSAE will provide complimentary membership
    for one year if the successful candidate is a non-member.

Application Requirements
  1. Completed Application Form, which includes the below narratives. 
    • Describe your volunteer contributions to CalSAE and other non-profit organizations.
    • How would attending ELEVATE or being enrolled in the Association Leadership Academy support your career goals and learning aspirations?

  2. A letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Board Chair in the case of a CEO applicant).


Completed application must be received by CalSAE no later than Friday, December 8, 2023, in order to be considered. You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. Recipients will be notified/announced in February.

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