Conference Travel Scholarships

2020 Graduate Student Funding Support

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced institutional revenue losses in tuition, housing, and much more. Coupled with massive state budget shortfalls, the vast majority of our institutions, public and private, are experiencing steep budget cuts.  This affects us all, but arguably our graduate students most!

As we move to a virtual conference in November, the ASHE Board of Directors committed to making the 2020 Annual Conference free for as many graduate students who otherwise would not be able to attend. In 2019, nearly 40% of conference attendees were graduate students. Through the support of our ASHE members, the ASHE Graduate Student Fund has provided scholarships totaling more than $50,000 since 2007.

If you are a current graduate student member of ASHE who would not be able to attend the conference without financial assistance, ASHE members have donated to sponsor your attendance. To apply, you will simply need to complete the conference registration form.

Here are a few notes:
  • Current graduate student members are eligible for assistance.
  • To qualify, you simply need to indicate your need by checking the box during the registration process. There is no other documentation or "proof" needed. Note: The question will only display for current Graduate Student members; if you are not a current Graduate Student member, this will not show up in your registration form.
    • At the end of your registration process (when it's time to enter payment information), select the option to be invoiced. The ASHE Office will finalize your registration once we are able to match you with a sponsor. Our goal is to provide assistance to 100% of students who need it.
  • The waiver will be applied to your general conference registration.
    • We realize some student members are able to have their registration sponsored by their institution/university, but must pay for their membership out of pocket. If this is the case for you, and you need financial assistance to help cover this cost, ASHE can apply the $50 toward your membership dues (you would then owe $40 of the $90). Please forward your registration confirmation email to with this request.
Questions? Contact ASHE Executive Director Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau at or call (702) 895-2737.


Applications for the 2019 Graduate Travel Scholarship are due JULY 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). All applicants will be notified about the outcomes of the process at the beginning of August.

Travel scholarship applications are released every summer and announced by early fall to support graduate students traveling to and participating in the annual conference.

In exchange for receiving an award, scholarship recipients are expected to:
  • Attend the ASHE graduate student luncheon (if not scheduled to present at the same time) at the 2019 ASHE conference.
  • Write a blog entry for the ASHE Graduate Student Community on a topic of your own choosing, to be publicly available on the ASHE Grads website and social media accounts.
  • Assist with the facilitation of at least one ASHE graduate student session at the 2019 conference (e.g. taking notes, distributing and collecting handouts and surveys, sharing information through social media, and answering questions).
  • Attend a short meeting at the conference location with the ASHE graduate student representatives and other scholarship recipients.
  • Provide a short biography to be placed on the ASHE graduate student website.
  • Submit a thank you letter (within one month of the conclusion of the conference) to the ASHE Board, which may also be shared with donors to the scholarship fund.
  • Serve as a reviewer for scholarship applications for the 2020 ASHE Graduate  Student Travel Scholarship selection process
  • If called upon, assist with other ASHE graduate student initiatives during the academic year and help implement ideas for making ASHE more supportive of graduate students’ needs.
Please note that while applicants are not required to be presenting at the conference in order to be eligible for the award, preference will be given to those presenting a research paper, poster, roundtable, or symposia at the conference.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 ASHE Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, please feel free to contact ASHE Graduate Student Representative Karen Bussey at or
To learn more about past awards applications, visit here.


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