AATA 2020 Scholarship Updates: COVID-19
It has come to the AATA's attention that some students are having difficulty accessing required documents (financial need, transcripts, verification of enrollment) for 2020 scholarship applications due to the shut down of schools/campus offices related to COVID 19.
In response to this, the following adjustments have been made for this year's scholarship applications:
Financial Need: We understand that students may have difficulty accessing forms stored by their educational institutions due to closures. For this year only, we have eliminated the requirement of the completed Financial Aid form.
Letters of Recommendation (LOR): We understand that applicants may have difficulty attaining LORs on letterhead from faculty and other related professionals who are now working from home and may not have access to letterhead. This requirement will be completed in alignment with the AATA Code of Ethics, Responsibility to the Profession, Section 10, in that the application is a truthful representation of self and identity if recommendations cannot be submitted on official letterhead.
Proof of Acceptance/Enrollment: We will still require an official transcript, which can be sent as a paper copy if available or sent through electronic delivery.
The scholarship application deadline will remain as May 1 to ensure adequate time for the Scholarship Work Group to review all materials received.
LAURA GREENSTONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The American Art Therapy Association and its generous donors provide a number of scholarships annually which are presented at a special ceremony during the AATA's Annual Conference. The scholarships are intended to reward excellence within the student body and profession. The scholarship awards process is highly competitive.
The AATA's Scholarship Working Group is now accepting applications for the Laura Greenstone Memorial Scholarship. This award honors the memory of art therapist Laura Greenstone in her request for the establishment of a scholarship to support masters-level African-American and Afro-Caribbean art therapy students. Through the establishment of this scholarship, Laura hoped to address the legacy of racial violence in the United States by furthering a diversified art therapy profession and serving very diverse communities in inclusive ways.
This scholarship is available to an art therapy student member of the AATA who can demonstrate acceptance or enrollment in a graduate art therapy program, identifies as being African-American and/or Afro-Caribbean, and can demonstrate support to under-served communities.
APPLICATION DIRECTIONS: Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. All applications, with full attachments must be received by May 1, 2020. Students applying for awards must be enrolled for fall 2020 classes in a Graduate Art Therapy Program. Student applicants must be first or second year students (for the upcoming term of fall 2020), and if part-time, enrolled in 3 courses for the fall academic term. Enrollment in 2 courses will be considered based on the graduate school's typical plan of study and at the discretion of the Scholarship Working Group. Awards are granted only to active Student members of the Association. Attendance at the Association’s Annual Conference, where the awards will be given, is strongly encouraged.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2020
DATE AWARDED: Scholarships are announced each year at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference Awards ceremony. Recipients will be notified by July about the decision on their application.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AMOUNT: Scholarships are determined each year through the Association’s annual budget process. In 2020, The Laura Greenstone Scholarship will be funded to a maximum amount of $1,000.00.
TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Application Form
- Official Transcript
- Letters of Recommendation
- Financial Form
- Proof of Acceptance or Enrollment
GUIDELINES & APPLICATION: The deadline for this award has passed, please check back in 2021.