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

Steve WilsonIn Honor Of: This scholarship is given in 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 conference 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.

 

THE 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) to 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 conference 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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Noel Cairney

 

THE COVEY HEALTHY HUMOR IN MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP

Dwayna CoveyScholarship Eligibility: This scholarship was created by AATH member Dwayna Covey, M. Ed., founder of New Season Coaching.

The Covey Healthy Humor in Medicine 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 is for AATH conference registration only.

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

PAST RECIPIENTS:

  • 2017 - Olubunmi Diala

 

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:

  • 2017 - Frank Chindamo
  • 2016 - Penny Willmering

 

THE BETH USHER HUMOR ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP

Beth Usher

This scholarship was created by Beth Usher and her family.

Scholarship Eligibility: The Beth “BE THeHappiest” scholarship is awarded to an individual who aspires to attend the AATH Humor Academy and who has faced life's challenges with humor, optimism and compassion for others.

This scholarship is for $350.00 for the first year of AATH's Humor Academy.

Applicants will submit a essay (up to 250 words) describing how humor has helped you overcome challenges in your life and how you use humor to help others.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

  

THE JOYCE AND SOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP 

Joyce and Sol SaltmanScholarship 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:

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

 

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, 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 San Diego. Scholarships will be awarded 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 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

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

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.

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

Patti WootenIn Honor Of: The Patty Wooten scholarship was created by AATH members to honor the work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH and the field of therapeutic humor by our past conference chair, Patty Wooten.

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.

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

Margie KleinIn Honor Of: This scholarship is named in loving memory 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 is for the conference registration only.

Scholarship Eligibility: Applicants will must 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, 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

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 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?

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

Jill Knox

This scholarship was 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?

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

 

THE DAVE FAMILY "HUMOR STUDIES" SCHOLARSHIP

Lenny Dave

The Dave Family "Humor Studies" Scholarship was created by past AATH president Lenny Dave and family to help cultivate new AATH members.

Scholarship Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing humor and laughter studies with the intent on entering the field of applied or therapeutic humor. Priority is given to applicants entering colleges and universities in the United States.

This scholarship is for conference registration only.

Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) answering the following questions:

  • How do you plan to apply your Humor/Laughter education in the field after college? 
  • Why do you feel you are most deserving of this conference scholarship? 
  • How has humor/laughter helped you in a difficult situation?

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

Enid SchwartzIn Honor Of: The Enid Schwartz Humor Academy scholarship was created by AATH members to honor the work, dedication, commitment and contribution to AATH by Enid Schwartz, nursing professor and humorist.

This scholarship is for one Humor Academy registration.

Scholarship Eligibility: Applicants will submit an essay (up to 250 words) 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