Scholarships

AATH offers opportunities to apply for scholarship funding to help cover some of the registration fees to attend the AATH Annual Humor Conference and/or to participate in the AATH Humor Academy. 
Each Scholarship has specific guidelines, so please review carefully.

You may apply for up to three scholarships but, if chosen, may only receive one award. You must apply for each scholarship individually. While preference is given to AATH members, many non-members have successfully applied and have been awarded scholarships.

For scholarship questions, contact the AATH Office at 888-747-2284 or [email protected]

2020 Scholarship Application deadline is November 15, 2019. 

2020 Scholarships Available - Click HERE to apply

CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA (CTCA) SCHOLARSHIPS

ctca logoThese 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 and whether they are applying for Conference Only OR Conference & Humor Academy registration.  Essays should include why the individual is interested in the scholarship, and how they anticipate their Conference attendance/participation in Humor Academy will benefit them, either personally or professionally, following their time in New Orleans. 

Scholarships are available in one or more of the following categories:

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 a volunteer who has provided enthusiastic leadership to the organization over several years. 

2019 RECIPIENTS:

  • 2019 - Sandra Kimbrough - (a) - Medical Classroom Scholarship
  • 2019 - Valerie Gibbons - (b) - Oncology Patient/Survivor Scholarship
  • 2019 - Allen Klein - (d) - Stellar Volunteer Scholarship

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Bunmi Diala - (a) - Medical Classroom Scholarship
  • 2018 - Ros Ben-moshe - (b) - Oncology Patient/Survivor Scholarship
  • 2018 - Angie Robinson - (b) - Oncology Patient/Survivor Scholarship
  • 2018 - Kyle Edgell - (b) - Oncology Patient/Survivor Scholarship
  • 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 

COVEY HEALTHY HUMOR IN MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was created by Dwayna Covey, M. Ed., founder of New Season Coaching.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Covey Healthy Humor in Medicine scholarship is for a medical professional who would like to learn more about the benefits and use of therapeutic humor in health care.

This scholarship is for one conference registration only.  

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) describing why they would like to learn more about the use of therapeutic humor in the medical field.

PAST RECIPIENT:

  • 2017 - Olubunmi Diala

ED DUNKELBLAU SCHOLARSHIP

Ed DunkelblauIn Honor Of: Ed Dunkelblau, AATH past conference chair. It was created by AATH membership to honor his work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH and the field of therapeutic humor.

This scholarship is for conference registration only.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Ed Dunkelblau Scholarship is awarded to a practitioner of color, or researcher, interested in the cultural or scientific applications of therapeutic humor.

Applicants will submit an an essay (up to 250 words) demonstrating your interest in therapeutic humor, documenting your work in the field of therapeutic humor, and expressing your awareness of the mission of AATH.

2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Rick Bell

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Frank Chindamo
  • 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. 

ESTHER & JACK HYATT "SENIOR CARE" SCHOLARSHIP

Esther Hyatt

In Honor Of: The Esther and Jack Hyatt “Senior Care” 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.

Scholarship Eligibility: This scholarship is for either
a) an "Active Senior" who seeks to revitalize, reinvigorate and re-energize with humor and laughter.
b) a Senior Caregiver (family member/volunteer or a professional) who is coping with the challenges associated with providing such care.

This scholarship is for AATH conference registration only.

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.

2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Bronwyn Roberts

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Sindy Hild
  • 2017 - Noel Cairney

JOYCE SALTMAN SPECIAL EDUCATION HAPPINESS SCHOLARSHIP 

Sol HitzigScholarship Eligibility: The Joyce and Sol Special Education scholarship is awarded to a K-12 special education teacher.

This scholarship is for one conference registration only.  

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) explaining why using humor is an important component for teaching exceptional children.

 PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - David Mann
  • 2017 - Whitney Grant
  • 2016 - Kristie Cervantes
  • 2014 - Beth Slazak 

KNOX FAMILY HUMOR FOR PEACE SCHOLARSHIP

Jill Knox

Created by AATH past president Jill Knox and her family.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Knox Family Humor for Peace scholarship is awarded to an individual who is involved in the practice of humor in order to promote peace, either locally or globally.

The scholarship is for one conference registration and one Humor Academy registration.

 Applicants will submit an essay (250 words or less) answering the following questions:

  • 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?

2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Emily Vance

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Colleen Cook
  • 2017 - Bronwyn Roberts
  • 2016 - Guy Giard
  • 2015 - Helen Stuckey Weaver
  • 2014 - Debra Norwood 

LENNY RAVICH "SHALOM" SCHOLARSHIP

Lenny RavichCreated by Lenny Ravich, Director of the Gestalt Institute of Tel Aviv.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Lenny Ravich scholarship is awarded to an individual whose work in humor and laughter clearly and tangibly demonstrates a commitment to world peace.

This scholarship is for conference registration plus an additional $100 presented on site (in US funds) to help offset other travel costs.

Applicants are to submit an essay (up to 250 words) addressing the following three 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?

2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Clement Hill

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Roberta Gold
  • 2017 - Paul Osincup
  • 2015 - Nick Mosca
  • 2014 - Guy Giard
  • 2013 - Alona Jasik
  • 2010 - Erin Keyes
  • 2008 - Kerry MacNeal 

MARGIE KLEIN “PAPER PLATE" SCHOLARSHIP

Margie KleinIn Loving Memory Of: 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 is for the conference registration only.

Scholarship Eligibility: Submit an essay (up to 250 words) 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.

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, usable 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 

PATTY WOOTEN SCHOLARSHIP

Patti WootenIn Loving Memory Of: Patty Wooten, AATH past conference chair. It was created by AATH members to honor her work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH and the field of therapeutic humor.

This scholarship is for conference registration only.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Patty Wooten Scholarship is 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.

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) describing how you perceive humor to be therapeutic and how your work, program, or intervention efforts have benefited patients, family, or staff.

2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Ellen Klein

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2018 - Claudette Webb
  • 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 Weaver
  • 2006 - Marie Bethke
  • 2005 - Naomi Blundell & Deb Gauldin 

STEVE WILSON CERTIFIED LAUGHTER LEADER SCHOLARSHIP

Steve WilsonIn Honor Of: Steve Wilson, senior core professional and devoted AATH member, psychologist and self-proclaimed “Joyologist,” 1998 founder of the Would laughter Tour.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Steve Wilson Certified Laughter Leader scholarship is for any current Certified Laughter Leader (CLL), CLL-E or CLL Trailblazer who 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. The scholarship recipient should be willing to write a summary of AATH conference keynotes and breakout sessions attended at the conclusion of the conference.

This scholarship is for AATH conference registration only.

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) describing 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.

 2019 RECIPIENT:

  • Sue Z Hart

TEEN ANGEL SCHOLARSHIP

Gay Ruble BowenIn Honor Of: This scholarship is given in honor of Gay Ruble Bowen, mother of AATH member Jennifer Keith, who raised her girls with this motto: "We may not have much money, but we will laugh a lot." In fact, she and her three daughters developed a pantomime routine to the one-hit-wonder Mark Dinning's 1959 ballad "Teen Angel" which reminded them to find the funny in a situation.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Teen Angel scholarship will be awarded to a professional who is currently working with teens (middle or high school or college level) in a teaching, counseling or mentoring capacity and wants more tools to bring back to use with those young people.

This scholarship is for AATH conference registration conference only.

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) describing how you are currently using humor to work with teens and how you will use the information found in the AATH conference to further your work. 

THE WILLIAM (BILL) FRY HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

bill fryIn Honor Of: Dr. William (Bill) Fry, devoted AATH member, humor researcher renowned for his generosity and approachability. Bill Fry constantly 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.

This scholarship pays for one year of the AATH Humor Academy only.

Scholarship Eligibility: The William (Bill) Fry Humor Academy scholarship is for a Humor Academy member interested in pursuing research in the science of humor.

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) describing how you:

  • 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:

  • 2018 - Linnea Heintz
  • 2017 - Frank Chindamo
  • 2016 - Penny Willmering

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 250 words, unless otherwise directed.
For the 2020 Conference, applications must be received by November 15, 2019.  

 

Past Scholarships Offered and their recipients:

BETH USHER "BeTheHappiest" HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

  • 2018 - Linda Gingold Seaman
  • 2017 - Amy Oestreicher
  • 2016 - Gail (Missy) Ostrishko

"CARING CLOWN" SCHOLARSHIP 

  • 2019 - Desi Payne
  • Martha Warren
  • Judy Cornett

"NEBRASKA GOOD LIFE" HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

  • 2019 - Jacy Imilkowski

SOL HITZIG SCHOLARSHIP

  • 2019 - William Schiavo

DAVE FAMILY "HUMOR STUDIES" SCHOLARSHIP:

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

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

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

RED SKELTON "CARING CLOWN" SCHOLARSHIP:

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

STEVE AND BARBARA GRAPSTEIN HA SCHOLARSHIP:

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

BARBARA MILLER EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 2014 - Jin Han
  • 2012 - Amanda Alden

COMEDY CURES "SURVIVOR" SCHOLARSHIP:

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

COMEDY CURES "CAREGIVER" SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 2013 - Lois McElravy
  • 2013 - Nila Nielsen

ENID SCHWARTZ HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 2018 - Teena Miller
  • 2017 - Amy Beaupre, Julie Oliverio
  • 2016 - Kari Cedergren
  • 2014 - Sporty King
  • 2013 - Helen Stucky Risdon