The Scholarship Program of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health has funds to offer scholarships to conference participants in relevant fields who would not be able to attend without some financial assistance. The scholarship will be a waiver of the National Conference registration fee.
If you intend to apply for a scholarship, please apply before registering for the conference. If you pay the registration fee and later obtain a scholarship, the registration fee will not be refunded.
You will be able to apply for a scholarship online or download a scholarship application form. Completed applications will be accepted from July 21, 2011, through February 28, 2012.
- Application Deadlines - Scholarship applications must be received no later than February 28, 2012. All applicants will be notified of their status the week of April 1, 2012. Failure to meet the notification deadline will result in the withdrawal of the scholarship application.
- Registration Confirmation - Final confirmation of your registration is pending based on scholarship award status. If you are not awarded a scholarship and you applied before the early bird registration deadline (February 28, 2012) you will be offered the early bird registration rate.
The priority groups include:
- Individuals new to tobacco control.
- Representatives or staff from small, community-based organizations.
- Representatives or staff in organizations that are not currently working in tobacco control, but plan to do so in the near future.
- Tobacco control advocates, educators, researchers, full-time students, and others who work in tobacco control but who lack the funds to attend the National Conference.
The Scholarship Subcommittee, guided by the criteria listed below, will have sole discretion in the selection of scholarship recipients. The following criteria will be used to select scholarship recipients. Preference will be given to applicants who meet some or all of these criteria. The more criteria an applicant meets the higher the chance of obtaining a scholarship.
· Applicant has an opportunity to improve a tobacco control program or activity, plans to do so after the conference, and makes a clear case that the conference will help in this effort.
· Applicant is a new attendee at a tobacco control conference.
· Applicant is a leader or representative of a community-based tobacco control organization, or an organization that can contribute to community tobacco control objectives, with an annual program budget of $50,000 or less.
· Applicant is a leader or representative of an organization whose constituency includes population groups that are currently disproportionately affected by, or underrepresented with the tobacco control movement.
Persons who have attended previous tobacco control conferences or who are representatives of large tobacco control agencies or organizations must present convincing evidence of their lack of financial support to attend the National Conference. As an example, this might include evidence of a ban or state travel by employees of their agency and a lack of other travel support. Representatives from other organizations, such as volunteers or board members, may be eligible for scholarships in addition to general conference attendees.