Professional Development Scholarships
Are you majoring in Education, Counseling/School Psychology, Human Services/Social Work, or Human Resources? Do you intend to pursue a career that advances work-based learning opportunities for students? Examples of such career goals include: working in the career services office at a college or university; career and technical education at a high school; human resources at a company when the role includes recruiting student interns; and research with a focus on college to career transitions, etc.
Do you want to join a professional organization or attend a conference? Applications are being accepted now. Full graduate student instructions and appendix containing graduate student application form.
To find out about the benefits of the V-TOP professional development scholarship for graduate students, check out this brief YouTube video.
Are you employed at a Virginia public institution of higher education or a Virginia private non-profit institution of higher education that participates in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program? Does your job involve connecting students to work-based learning and internships? Do you want to join a professional organization or attend a conference? Applications are being accepted now. Full instructions for practitioners [pdf] and appendix with application form.
To find out about the benefits of the V-TOP professional development scholarship for practitioners, check out these brief YouTube videos.
Scholarships may be awarded in two categories: (1) conference presentation/attendance or (2) fees for membership in professional organizations.
The amount of a scholarship will vary by category. Applicants may request up to the amounts listed below; awards may be for a lower amount.
- Conference presentation/attendance: up to $2,500
- Membership fees: up to $250
Applications are accepted quarterly with deadlines listed below. Applications for conference presentation/attendance scholarships MUST BE submitted by the deadline prior to the month of the conference. For example, if requesting scholarship funds to attend the VACE conference in April, the application must be submitted by January 1 to be considered.
Application for Graduate Students
Forms to Download, Fill Out and Upload with Your Scholarship Application (see instructions)
Emily Salmon, Senior Associate for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Relevant Organizations and Conferences
The following is a list of potentially relevant organizations and conferences. Note: Submitting a scholarship for one of the listed organization memberships or conferences does not guarantee scholarship acceptance.
Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA)
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE)
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE)
Virginia Association of College and Employers (VACE)
Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)