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ACHE Wants to Help Further Your Education, Research, and Professional Development

June 24, 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous



The academic year has come to a close and the summer sun is high. Now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead about how you want to spend the next academic year furthering your education goals or professional development—and we’re here to help.

Each year, ACHE funds grants and scholarships that encourage research, educational attainment, and professional development in the field of adult and continuing higher education by supporting graduate students, staff, and programs in this area. Recipients of these awards have been some of the best and brightest in the field of continuing education. Put simply, recipients of ACHE grants and scholarships have been those just like you.

ACHE members or those with sponsorship from an ACHE member institution can now apply for one or more of ACHE’s scholarships and grants, which are intended to help fund members’ educational or professional goals as well as help us accomplish our own—to promote new knowledge, student success, and innovative practices in the field. This is your opportunity to gain recognition for your work, contribute to the continuing education conversation and your organization’s success, and to gain the support you need to make innovative discoveries and progress in the field.

If this is your first time applying, there are several award opportunities from which you can choose. In 2016, ACHE will offer six different grants and scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.


Alex Charters Research Grant

Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application or doctoral students with sponsorship from an ACHE member institution

Focus: Research in adult and continuing higher education

Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016

The ACHE Alex Charters Research Grant promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education. In 2016, up to two grants of $1500 each may be awarded.

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Wayne L. Whelan Scholarship

Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year and are studying in the field of adult continuing higher education

Focus:  Graduate study in adult and continuing higher education

Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016

Each year, the Association awards one scholarship to a deserving member who has held membership in ACHE for at least one year immediately preceding application and who is engaged in graduate studies on either a full-time or part-time basis. In 2016, one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 may be awarded.

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Graduate Student Conference Grant

Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application and are working in the field of adult continuing higher education

Focus: Travel to and attendance at the ACHE Annual Conference for a graduate student having a focus in the field of adult and continuing higher education

Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016

The ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant provides financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The grant covers the awardee's conference registration fee, travel and lodging up to a maximum of $1,500.

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Memorial Staff Development Grant

Open to: Staff from an ACHE member institution that has maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application. The staff member’s primary focus must be adult continuing higher education.

Focus: Travel to and attendance at an ACHE professional development event for a staff member from an ACHE member institution whose primary focus is the field of adult and continuing higher education

Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016

Each year, ACHE awards one grant in an amount not to exceed $1,500 for a CE staff member to attend an ACHE professional development event in order to further their professional development growth and hone their skills.

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Institutional Minigrant

Open to: ACHE Institutional Members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application and are applying the funds toward a program with focus on adult continuing higher education

Focus: Programs in adult continuing higher education

Submission period: Rolling

A member institution can apply for an Institutional Minigrant to support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the delivery of continuing education. The maximum award amount for an Institutional Minigrant is $1,500.

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