AFCC Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of members who contribute to the AFCC Scholarship Fund, scholarships are awarded to AFCC Regional Trainings, Child Custody Symposiums and Annual Conferences. The AFCC Resource Development Committee determines the number and type of scholarships awarded to each event and selects the recipients.

All scholarships include registration fees for the conference/symposium, one full‐day pre‐conference/pre-symposium institute, attendee food and networking functions and a certificate of attendance. Recipients are responsible for funding their own travel, lodging, additional meals and all other related expenses. Scholarships are non-transferable and must be used to attend the event for which they are awarded. In some instances, scholarships will include a stipend intended to assist with travel and lodging costs. Preference for stipends is given to those with higher travel costs, international applicants and those who show financial need. Stipends are also non-transferable and must be used to attend the event for which they are awarded.

Criteria considered in selection of scholarship recipients

AFCC Membership

Preference for scholarships is given to AFCC members, although anyone may apply. If you are not a member and would like to join AFCC, please complete the online membership application or contact AFCC at afcc@afccnet.org or (608) 664‐3750. AFCC membership status will be verified on the application deadline.

Prior Conference Attendance

Preference is given to applicants who have not attended an AFCC conference.

Prior Scholarship Recipient

Due to the large number of applications, those who have received an AFCC scholarship in the past five years are not eligible.

Additional Funding Support

Because of the increased need for support, the application asks if additional funding support will be provided by an employer or source other than the applicant or AFCC. 

Financial Need

The applicant’s personal financial need is a consideration of the committee. The application therefore includes questions regarding the applicant’s income, number of dependents, household income and employment status.

Relevance of Organization/Practice

The relevance of the applicant’s organization/practice to the AFCC mission is considered.

Diversity Consciousness

AFCC strives for diversity among colleagues, professions and services. Our collective differences enhance the work of AFCC by providing different perspectives. Diversity includes, but it is not limited to: age, ethnicity, geographic region, disability, religion and sexual orientation.The application includes an opportunity to explain additional circumstances the applicant would like the committee to consider when evaluating applications. This short answer section is the applicant’s opportunity to share or explain things not addressed by other questions on the application.

Community Impact

The impact that the applicant's attendance at an AFCC event will have on their clients and/or institutions, organizations and people in their community is considered by the committee..

Additional Circumstances

The application includes an opportunity to explain additional circumstances the applicant would like the committee to consider when evaluating applications. The short answer section is the applicant's opportunity to share or explain things not addressed by other questions on the application.

Scholarship Application

All applicants must complete the online application form. The current scholarship application will be available on the AFCC Conferences page of the website along with other conference-specific information. Applications are posted to coincide with the conference program brochure. The application for fall meetings is available approximately three months before the event and recipients are notified four to six weeks prior to the event. The application for the annual conference is available approximately five months before the conference and recipients are notified six to eight weeks before the event.

Questions

Contact AFCC at afcc@afccnet.org or (608) 664-3750