AASECT is excited to announce the scholarships available this year to help offset the cost of attending the 2019 Annual Conference: The Bill T. Jones Scholarship, AASECT Creating Community Scholarship, The John Sughrue, Jr., MD, Scholarship, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SAR Scholarship. Applications are due February 24th, 2019.

The Bill T. Jones Scholarship

Bill T. Jones is an internationally acclaimed dancer, director, writer, and choreographer. His work has collided with, and challenged gender roles, violence, love, war, illness, HIV, survival, strength, sexuality, and eroticism. This is the 11th year we will honor Bill’s fierce passion by funding a scholarship in his name, to encourage and nurture diversity, equity and inclusion within AASECT.

This $500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2019 Annual Conference to a qualified applicant to be used toward the registration cost of AASECT’s Annual Conference.

Those interested in applying to the Bill T. Jones Scholarship Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a person of color.
  • Have a prerequisite degree (minimum Bachelor’s level) for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology, or sexual health.
  • Demonstrate commitment to pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation documenting this person’s commitment to the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Essay/personal statement addressing how this scholarship

To apply for the Bill T. Jones Scholarship: Please submit your essay/personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and statement of financial need in one PDF file to conference@aasect.org. Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for the Bill T. Jones Scholarship is February 24, 2019.

AASECT Creating Community Scholarship

The fund was created to aid in overcoming obstacles that may prohibit those from attending the annual conference. Because of the generosity of our members and supporters, we are excited to offer this scholarship opportunity for the 2019 AASECT Annual Conference!

The Creating Community scholarship recipient will receive full conference registration and three nights’ accommodations at the conference hotel – Loews Philadelphia.

The scholarship is open to graduate students and new sexuality professionals who demonstrate a need for the scholarship in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Financial difficulties in accessing AASECT’s Annual Conference.
  2. Reside in an area where there is limited or no support for/presence of sexuality educators, counselors or therapists.
  3. Reside in an area where there is limited to no support for/representation of racial, ethnic or diversely identified sexuality educators, counselors or therapists.

Those interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current member of AASECT in good standing.
  • Have a prerequisite degree (minimum Bachelor’s level) for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology or sexual health.
  • Demonstrate commitment to pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research or sexual health.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation documenting one’s commitment to the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research or sexual health.
  • Provide an essay (600 words or less) demonstrating the need for scholarship based on the criteria above and how this scholarship award would help in accomplishing one’s personal career goals.

To apply for the Creating Community Scholarship: Please submit all of the above criteria in one PDF file to conference@aasect.org. Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for the Creating Community Scholarship is February 24, 2019.

John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship

Joan Sughrue, MEd, BSN, RN, DST, CSTS, in memory of her beloved husband, John Sughrue, Jr., MD, DST, is offering a $1000 scholarship to a medical or nursing student to receive sexuality education and training by attending the AASECT 2019 Annual Conference. The scholarship is open to both US and international students.

John became an AASECT member in the late 1970s. He was certified as a Sex Therapist in 1983 and awarded Diplomate of Sex Therapy status in 2003. John loved attending and learning at AASECT conferences and felt that physicians and nurses should be adequately trained in the sexuality field.

To apply for the John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship: Please send your current curriculum vitae (CV) and a letter of application stating your interest in the sexuality field and how you plan to incorporate sexuality education and counseling in your medical or nursing practice. Please submit all parts of your application in one PDF file to conference@aasect.org.  Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for the John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship is February 24, 2019.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SAR Scholarship

Objectives: AASECT seeks to promote an inclusive climate within the organization with an emphasis on racial justice and related intersections of sexual health. In doing so, AASECT is committed to diversifying its membership and increasing the presence of underrepresented racial and ethnic sexuality educators, therapists, and counselors. By providing funding for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) SAR scholarship, AASECT’s goal is to address potential barriers to members’ engagement and participation.

Background: The work of Aida Manduley and Kira Manser from the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH) and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) inspired the creation of the DEI SAR scholarship. In the spring of 2018, the CSPH and WOCSHN members advocated for greater access to SAR trainings, which are a required component for AASECT certification but due to cost, are not always accessible by all members. In response, the AASECT Board of Directors met during the summer of 2018 and approved funding be designated to fund eight SAR scholarships. Members of AASECT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee worked on behalf of the AASECT BoD, and with the impetus of the scholarship in mind, to develop scholarship criteria, which included designation of the scholarship specifically for People of Color (POC) and underrepresented sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists who demonstrate a commitment to promoting racial justice.

Scholarship Amount: Full cost of one (1) SAR session at the AASECT 2019 Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Number of Scholarships: 8

Eligibility Requirements: These scholarships are intended for People of Color who are AASECT conference attendees, demonstrate a commitment to sexual health, and have economic barriers that limit SAR participation. Members of AASECT, Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and/or the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC) are encouraged to apply. Recipients must be AASECT members in good standing with the association.

In special consideration of the inaugural DEI SAR Scholarship, for 2019, 2-4 scholarships are designated for AASECT conference attendees who are attending a SAR and are members of WOCSHN or the ABSC.

Application Questions: Write a 3 page (maximum) personal statement to help us get to know you better, and answer the following questions. In lieu of the personal statement, we also welcome video submissions. We ask that your video be limited to 5 minutes and that you answer each question thoroughly. If submitting a video, use [suggestion by Bostrom/or DEI Dropbox can be an option].

  1. Please describe how your identity(ies) support your eligibility for this scholarship.
  2. What are your professional goals in the sexuality field and how will attending the SAR be useful in achieving them?
  3. Describe your understanding of the importance of intersectionality in the sexual health field, and provide an example on how you center racial justice in your work.
  4. How have you shown your commitment to advocacy, and/or community leadership in the area of sexual health?
  5. Include a statement describing any special circumstance that impacts you or your family’s ability to pay for the SAR.

Submit your recent CV/Resume, personal statement or video submission to Attn: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee SAR Scholarship.

Message to applicants: The AASECT Board of Directors and DEI committee thanks you for your interest and looks forward to reviewing your application.

Application are due February 24, 2019

Contact: Have any questions? Feel free to email:
Tameca Harris-Jackson, PhD, MSW, LCSW/LICSW, CSE
Outreach Committee Chair
tharrisjackson@hopeserenityhealth.com

Janet Brito, PhD, PSY, LCSW, CST
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Chair
drjanetbrito@sextherapyhawaii.com