Scholarships

With grateful thanks to the generous donors who believe so wholeheartedly in the mission of AATH, we are delighted to provide these Scholarships.

You may apply for up to three scholarships, but may only receive one award. If you want your application to be considered for several scholarships, please indicate this in the first paragraph of your email submission. Preference is given to AATH members. 

*Scholarships are for Conference Registration or Humor Academy Registration.
Recipient is responsible for any additional membership fees, travel to the conference, and conference hotel stay.

Application for scholarships will be accepted from August 31 through October 31, 2017, for the 2018 AATH Conference and Humor Academy.

For scholarship questions, contact AATH Scholarship co-chair, Deb Price, at debprice615@gmail.com
Applications are due no later than October 31
, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

 

2018 Scholarships

 

New! THE STEVE WILSON CERTIFIED LAUGHTER LEADER SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship award is for any current Certified Laughter Leaders (CLL), CLL-E or CLL Trailblazer that wants to add value to their own CLL practice, and further their education and application of therapeutic laughter and humor. This scholarship can add to the World Laughter Tour Grand Vision: Together we can lead the world to health, happiness and peace through laughter. This scholarship is for AATH registration conference only.

Applicants will:

  • Be of current CLL of standing ( CLL-E, Trailblazer)
  • Think Globally, Laugh Locally
  • Write a 500 word essay to include HOW you are currently using Certified Laughter Leader Guiding Principles in your life and in application: Service, Spirituality, Community, Accuracy (about science and studies), and Value
  • Be willing to write up a summary of AATH conference keynotes and breakout sessions attended at the conclusion of the conference.

 

THE ESTHER & JACK HYATT "SENIOR CARE" SCHOLARSHIP

Esther Hyatt

To be awarded annually to either a) an "Active Senior" who seeks to revitalize, reinvigorate and re-energize with humor and laughter... or b) to a Senior Caregiver (family member/volunteer or a professional) who is coping with the challenges associated with providing such care.

This conference scholarship is given in honor and memory of Esther Hyatt, devoted AATH member, who demonstrated good humor, grace, verve and a spirit of determination in the face of life's many challenges.

Applicants are to submit responses (up to 250 words per question) to the following:

For the Active Senior applicant:

  • How does humor play a critical role in your daily life, as it relates to improving the world immediately around you?

For the Senior Caregiver applicant:

  • Give at least 2 examples of how your "shared use of humor" has helped both you and the senior(s) for whom you provide regular care.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Noel Cairney

 

THE COVEY HEALTHY HUMOR IN MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is for a Medical Resident or Medical Student who would like to learn more about the benefits and use of therapeutic humor in health care. This scholarship will pay for AATH conference registration. Please submit a 200 word essay about why you would like to learn more about the use of therapeutic humor in the medical field. Please also indicate your membership status.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Olubunmi Diala

 

THE WILLIAM (BILL) FRY HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is for a Humor Academy member interested in pursuing research in the science of humor. Renowned for his generosity and approachability, Bill Fry sought ways to make himself available to new researchers, enthusiasts, and all friends of humor. Before email, he sent articles he wrote by U.S. Mail, without any commercials or expectation of being paid for sharing his expertise. He also approached the exploration of humor as also a form of play, so the humor wasn't lost in the science.

The Bill Fry Humor Academy Scholarship recipient will:

  • Demonstrate generosity in support of colleagues
  • Write and publish
  • Show wit and curiosity
  • Respect science
  • Think globally
  • Be charming
  • Be approachable
  • Share generously without self-promotion or commercialization

 PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Frank Chindamo
  • 2016 - Penny Willmering

 

THE BETH USHER HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

The Beth Usher, "BE THe Happiest," Humor Academy Scholarship is awarded to an individual who has faced life's challenges with humor, optimism and compassion for others.

Recipients will receive $350.00 for the first year of AATH's Humor Academy.

Applicants should write a brief description about how humor has helped them overcome challenges in their lives and how they use humor to help others. Please also indicate your membership status.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Amy Oestreicher
  • 2016 - Gail (Missy) Ostrishko

  

THE JOYCE AND SOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP 

This scholarship will be awarded to a K-12 special education teacher and will cover the cost of one conference registration.  Please submit a one-to-two page essay on why using humor is an important component for teaching exceptional children. Please also indicate your membership status. 

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Whitney Grant
  • 2016 - Kristie Cervantes
  • 2014 - Beth Slazek 

 

CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA (CTCA) SCHOLARSHIPS

These generous CTCA scholarships will provide recipients with conference registration, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Humor Academy (HA) program, if desired by the applicant.

Applicants are to submit a one-page essay indicating the scholarship for which they are applying, whether they are applying for Conference Registration only, or Conference and Humor Academy Registration and if they are a member of AATH.  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 Phoenix. 

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. 

 PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - (a) Debbie Derflinger, Kathy Keaton, Jennifer Keith
  • 2017 - (b) Yvonne Brehan
  • 2017 - (c) Cynthia Keeler
  • 2017 - (d) Roberta Lyon
  • 2016 - (a) Debbie Derflinger, Kathy Keaton
  • 2016 - (b) Kyle Edgell
  • 2016 - (c) Yvonne Brehan
  • 2016 - (d) Cheri Campbell
  • 2015 - Gail Ostrishko
  • 2015 - Cynthia Keeler
  • 2015 - Noreen Bramen
  • 2014 - Karen Bayard
  • 2014 - Marlene Chertok
  • 2014 - Ruth Diamond
  • 2014 - Roberta Gold
  • 2014 - Herb Glass

 

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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2016 - Debra Norwood
  • 2015 - Sara Cort
  • 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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Tabatha Mauldin
  • 2016 - Vera Dujmic
  • 2015 - Debbie Derflinger
  • 2014 - Amil Kusain Tan Jr.
  • 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 you 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. Please also indicate your AATH membership status.

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:

  • 2017 - Michael Rousell
  • 2015 - Megan Werner
  • 2014 - Teena Miller
  • 2013 - Chris Vaia
  • 2012 - Lisa Warsinske
  • 2011 - Andrea Morrison
  • 2010 - Helen Bzdel
  • 2009 - Mindy Tarr
  • 2008 - Rachel Oliver
  • 2007 - Charles “Chip” Lutz

 

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 four 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?
  • Please also indicate your AATH membership status.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Paul Osincup
  • 2015 - Nick Mosca
  • 2014 - Guy Giard
  • 2013 - Alona Jasik
  • 2010 - Erin Keyes
  • 2008 - Kerry MacNeal

 

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 2016 AATH conference will include one complimentary AATH conference registration  fee and one Humor Academy registration fee. Applicants are to 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?
  • Please also indicate your AATH membership status.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Bronwyn Roberts
  • 2016 - Guy Giard
  • 2015 - Helen Stuckey Risdon Weaver
  • 2014 - Debra Norwood

 

THE DAVE FAMILY "HUMOR STUDIES" SCHOLARSHIP

The Dave Family "Humor Studies" Scholarship will be awarded to a college student pursuing humor and laughter studies with an interest in entering the field of applied or therapeutic humor. Priority is given to applicants entering colleges and universities in the United States.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

 

ENID SCHWARTZ HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

For this scholarship 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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Amy Beaupre, Julie Oliverio
  • 2016 -  Kari Cedergren
  • 2014 - Sporty King
  • 2013 - Helen Stucky Risdon

 

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 2016 Conference, applications must be received by November 30, 2015.  

 

 

Past Scholarships Offered and their recipients:

THE BARB AND DANNY DONUTS "BEAM OF L.I.G.H.T." SCHOLARSHIP PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Rosa Carlisle
  • 2016 - Cheryl Kuba
  • 2012 - Julie Ann Sullivan
  • 2011 - Pam Wener

THE RED SKELTON "CARING CLOWN" SCHOLARSHIP PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2015 - Guy Giard
  • 2014 - Brenda Marshall
  • 2013 - Cheryl Oberg

STEVE AND BARBARA GRAPSTEIN HA SCHOLARSHIPS PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2014 - Carla Ulbrich
  • 2014 - Amy Beaupre
  • 2014 - Helen Stuckey Risdon
  • 2014 - Cheri Campbell

THE BARBARA MILLER EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIPPAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2014 - Jin Han
  • 2012 - Amanda Alden

THE COMEDY CURES "SURVIVOR" SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 2013 - Ciro DiSclafani
  • 2013 - Sue Z. Hart
  • 2013 - Shayla Logan
  • 2013 - Lois McElravy
  • 2013 - Nila Nielsen
  • 2013 - Wendy Treynor

THE COMEDY CURES "CAREGIVER" SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 2013 - Lois McElravy
  • 2013 - Nila Nielsen